I’m not including a recipe for hummus here because I didn’t make it.
I picked up a small container over the holidays and promptly forgot about it.
I love hummus, but when I make it from scratch there is always a lot more than I want. I was very pleased when I found it already made, in the supermarket, all natural ingredients, in the refrigerator section.
Add a few pantry items, wrap it all in phyllo and it’s a great starter or even snack for a super bowl party (not that I know much about that).
Best part is they’re baked!
You could add a bit of chorizo or salami if you like. I kept it simple.
Hummus & Pimiento Phyllo Packets
Total time: 20 minutes
- 4 sheets phyllo dough
- 4 tbs hummus
- 4 tbs chopped pimiento
- 2 tbs chopped green olives
- 1 – 2 tbs olive oil
- Remove 1 sheet of pastry and re-wrap the rest. It’s important to keep filo covered at all times or it will dry out very quickly.
- Lay the sheet out flat and lightly brush all over with olive oil.
- Fold phyllo in half the long way. Brush top layer with oil.
- Take one corner and lightly fold it so that the corner touches the opposite side. Do not actually make the fold. We just want to determine the placement of the filling. It will form a triangle.
- Unfold it and place one fourth of the filling on the half of the triangle that will be the ‘bottom’.
- Now make the fold, taking the corner to the opposite side. Continue to fold over and over, maintaining the triangle, like a flag. (It will make sense when you are doing it) You will end up with a nicely sealed triangle.
- Brush the top and bottom with oil and place on a baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining phyllo sheets and filling, making 4 Samosas in all.
- Bake at 400F (200C) for 10 – 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove and serve.
One thing I’ve noticed about the internet is that trending topics tend to ‘trend’ very quickly.
One of the current topics that has flitted across my screen lately is why one shouldn’t wear shoes in the house.
Some of the reasons make perfect sense to me.
I’m definitely in favor of keeping excess mud and dirt out of my house, although having two big dogs running in and out reduces the effectiveness of the humans removing their shoes.
I understand that rough street shoes and / or work boots can be rough on carpets. We don’t have carpets. We have tiles – see the above bit about the dogs.
And I am in total agreement that going barefoot is good for the feet – at least it makes my feet happy. Well, it did until I accidentally stepped on an errant lizard that was basking on the kitchen tiles. And I can’t go barefoot outside because we live on an archaeological dig.
What I think might be just a little paranoid / over the top is that one must take shoes off before coming inside so as not to track in bacteria or toxins.
So, if you live in a normal place and you are running around outside barefoot, does that mean you have to put shoes on to go inside?
Do kids still go outside to play?
I regularly go outside, sit on the grass and play with my dogs. Sometimes I even (gasp) lay right back, flat on the ground, and watch the clouds go by. Does that mean I am totally contaminated?
Obviously, if I stepped in dog shit I would not track that in the house…. but I tend to watch my step a little more closely than that (esp. after the lizard incident).
Maybe the worry is about city streets. I’m a bit more cautious about sitting on city sidewalks, although I’ve certainly done it often enough. The same goes for steps to public buildings – often a great place to sit and watch the world.
It would seem that more and more people are becoming more and more afraid of their own environment.
Rather sad, I think.
Take your shoes off if you want….
But don’t do it because your scared of what might be on them. There’s enough stuff in the world that is truly frightening.