Why I Hate Cooking

When my parents asked why I wanted to cook, I got all excited for the fun it would be to give them a simple meal. Then someone gave me a recipe for hummus. Hummus is just a bowl of liquid chickpeas with olive oil, tahini, garlic and sesame seeds…

It only took one look at its ingredients list to see immediately what I was missing. To make this “meal” of hummus you would have done well to follow this simple recipe: “Take two (or more), two (or more) tablespoons of chick pea liquid, one cup of olive oil, one cup of tahini, one, the same amount of minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix them all together and keep in the refrigerator.”

That’s it! Nothing more, nothing less. It’s as simple as that. It looks complex at first glance but once you get down to it, it’s really not… you know, unless you have a food processor or something like that… and even then it’s not THAT complicated.

A couple of days ago, I did an experiment where I added just salt, pepper and lemon juice to several frozen hummus recipes. I figured since these hummus dishes are typically made with olive oil, they will benefit from a bit of a flavor boost.

To my surprise, this worked beautifully. The taste became much more vibrant and flavorful and it also made these recipes better for the waistline. Since I’m not going to be able to eat a full meal, I decided to try making a “tantoush” sauce out of the hummus and tahini that was left over after making hummus.

If you’re using this sauce as it’s sold on the market, you might want to substitute the tahini with more lemon juice, or to some other type of natural nut or seed oil. The taste will be the same, they will just be better for you.

A few days ago, my mom brought me a can of black beans. As my mom was cooking them, I thought about how cool it would be to cook with my own beans. Unfortunately, I don’t have a pressure cooker because of the amount of time I have now and also because I’m not keen on wasting food. However, this is a challenge that I’ve been facing for a long time… why can’t I cook with what I’ve got? To make the most out of the things I have, this is one way to do it. I have to say this: I love the results of cooking with black beans, and I will be keeping a large jar in the house for the foreseeable future.

So, I thought that maybe I could come up with my own way to cook black beans and make them taste something different than what I have experienced. So I thought … how can I add just a few more “tastes”? How can I take a very common vegetable and add some unique “vegetables” to it, and hopefully make it taste more like I love it to taste?

The answer is that you can’t ! As a matter of fact, you really can’t make black beans taste like anything, or like a whole vegetable… well, ok, maybe a bit like a vegetable. But a whole vegetable is not going to taste like black beans; it won’t taste like beans at all. You’ll be left with what seems most like black beans on the outside. There’s no way you can recreate the black bean taste inside.

Well, in my opinion, it was possible, but it didn’t taste like beans at all. In fact, the beans were so bad, I couldn’t even enjoy black beans! So what I did was to add a few fresh and dried herbs and spices in order to give my black beans some flavor and some of their flavor, but also some of their color… just like I had done with hummus.