I worked a long weekend, too, because aside from everything else, Memorial day is a holiday and people go out to eat. Lots of people. So I was too tired to cook when I came home, and we made one of my favorite quick and tasty dinners. Oven roasted french fries and hummus! I blended some baby spinach into the hummus for flavor and greenness. And I added some herbs. I used dried, but obviously fresh would be far better.
Here’s Dancing at Whitsun by Jean Redpath.
The fields they stand empty, the hedges grow free
No young men to tend them nor pastures to seed
They are gone like the forests of oak trees before
Have gone, to be wasted in battle.
Down from the green farmlands and from their loved ones
Marched husbands and brothers and fathers and sons.
There’s a fine roll of honour where the Maypole once stood,
And the ladies go dancing at Whitsun.
There’s a straight row of houses in these latter days
All covering the downs where the sheep used to graze.
There’s a wreath of red poppies a gift from the Queen
But the ladies remember at Whitsun,
1 plump clove of garlic, roasted or toasted (You can toast with the skin on, but remember to pierce it so it doesn’t explode)
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach, cleaned and dried
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 t dried basil, or small handful fresh
1 t rosemary
1/2 t dried thyme, or pinch of fresh thyme leaves
1 t dried sage or 4 or 5 fresh
1/2 t dried oregano, or pinch of fresh oregano leaves
1/3 cup olive oil
1 t balsamic
salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
smoked paprika for garnish
In a food processor combine the spinach and garlic, process briefly, and then add everything else. Process till smooth. Add enough water to make it just as thin and smooth as you like it. I think I added about 1/3 cup.
Garnish with smoked paprika and more black pepper.