Friday, May 30, 2008

Jacaranda In Bloom & Eggplant Hummus - Video

to LA are its grand boulevards lined with palm trees. This month a lavender blue upstart enters the scene -- the blossoming Jacaranda tree. Stand under its branches at full bloom and the perfume is overwhelming.

May is the month that launches millions of blossoms carpeting large swaths of sidewalk; drive along 6th Street towards LACMA and it's blue for blocks.

Sidewalk at 1845 N. Edgemont in Los Feliz
However, this beauty comes with a price: the decomposing flower secretes oils to stain auto body finishes and anything else it lays on -- gray sidewalks dye almost black (read the negatives here, and where to find blocks of Jacarandas).

To celebrate this month of blossoms, The 99 Cent Chef serves up a blue video montage of Jacarandas with a purple vegetarian delight -- 99 cent Eggplant Hummus.

Jacaranda & Hummus Video

Play it here. The video runs 2 minutes 55 seconds.

  • 1 small (7 oz.) 99 cent jar marinated grilled eggplant
  • 1 16 oz. can garbanzo beans
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
    1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic - fresh or from jar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, fresh or concentrate from a 99 cent plastic lemon
  • Serve on 99 cent pita bread or as a dip for raw veggies
Add all ingredients (including oil from marinated eggplant) to blender or food processor and blend for
10 - 20 seconds until hummus is creamy.

Serve with sliced pita bread triangles and/or fresh chopped veggies (carrots, celery, red/yellow bell pepper, etc.) 99c only Stores also sell roasted red bell pepper in a jar, so try that sometime instead of eggplant.

If your local 99c only Store is out of bottled roasted veggies make a plain one with the above-mentioned ingredients, and the addition of a 1/4 cup of 99c olive oil blend.

To view or embed video from youtube click here.


Dan said...

Great trees and cool Hummus idea!

Nate's mom said...

Yummy! This turned out so good and I didn't have sesame seeds and forgot to buy them, so I added a few drops of sesame oil and it turned out great.

Ellen Bloom said...

Billy! LOVE the video and the hummus looks totally divine!!

Later, Gator!

Denise said...

I've been making a similar recipe with roasted eggplants from my garden-yum!

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