Posted: Dec 22, 2005 10:00 pm
CANNED CHICK PEAS(boiling them is a let down,and alot of work)
You are SO right! Garbanzos are the one bean that's never worth cooking yourself. I've tried it and it was a nightmare. I cooked 'em for about 6 hours after soaking them overnight and they still didn't get done the way they should. I used them anyway, and I had gas that was so strong, it made me feel as though my entire digestive system was gonna be vaporized within my abdominal cavity.
I've never used mint in my hummus, but I've had it before where it was good and also where it was bad. I don't bother with cilantro, either. I'm sure I'd like most any hot stuff in there, but I don't know about adding chipotles, which are just smoked Jalapeņos, btw. Since they're smoked, they might add a weird undertaste. As you say, I think less is more when it comes to hummus. It's supposed to be really subtle, which is hard to do for me, being a fan of ethnic food (espcially Thai) that is so hot it makes my whole body sweat. But with hummus, it's best to let it do its thing.