A friend and I ride our bikes a lot on a local trail that is a 41-mile long converted train track. It is really beautiful since it runs through the woods along a river. The change of seasons is amazing to watch. Relatively flat with a bit of incline in places, I prefer going down much more than going up those long inclines. We try to do 20-22 miles usually 3 times a week, which has been interrupted lately by a plethora of rain. On occasion we do more….our longest ride was 35 miles. To add a little spice to our exercise, we drive to different entry points along the trail, so we’ve ridden most of it but haven’t been able to work up to the entire distance……yet. Afterward we are really hungry, so we sit on one of our porches, usually with our ‘go-to’ snack of hummus and pita chips. My favorite has always been spicy roasted red pepper hummus but one day she had 40 spice hummus which was really fabulous. Since we can consume an entire container in a single sitting, we were commenting on how expensive it is. So of course, we Googled it & found this great ’39 Spice’ at a blog called 28 Cooks. I doubt there are 40 spices but even if we left out a few…..this is really tasty. And since I realized how easy making hummus truly is……I am now a connoisseur or homemade hummus. There are so many flavors & combinations, you can never get bored. So far, I’ve made red pepper, lemon, green pea, pumpkin, beet and black bean. This one is definitely a favorite !!
39 Spice Hummus (adapted from 28 Cooks)
1 (30 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c olive oilProcess chickpeas in food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and whirl until creamy.