January 7, 2012

in appetizers, recipe, snacks, vegetarian

When we made plans with friends for last night, I knew it would be sandwiched between two big eating events. So in lieu of another heavy meal, I suggested game night, with snacks!

Before the guests arrived, I prepped the dip. Taking some inspiration from my Edamammus recipe, I decided to hummus-ify a bag of peas:


Basically, all you do is boil the green gems in salted water til tender…


…in a separate bowl, combine the following:

  • 1.5 TB Tahini
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp. Mustard (I used Madras Curry)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste


Puree the peas in a blender with the tahini mixture, adding reserved cooking water as needed


Voila! Pea Hummus (or “Peamus,” which Abe scolded me for saying out loud.)


Got a bit peckish while I made this so I polished off the blender remnants…


…with snap peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes, tortilla chips, and plain Pretzel Crisps


All we are saying…is give peas a chance! Peamus Pea Hummus rocks.

I decided to taste-test the dessert too. Thumbs up!


(Courtesy of Rebecca’s Giveaway)


And since I was in full-on nosh-mode, I snacked on some Holiday Pretzel Crisps as well


Then I prepped everything for the guests!



Wound up munching on two clementines with some cocoa later in the evening


Glad that I had pre-portioned out tastings beforehand; I knew that if I had mindlessly grazed on these snacks all night, I’d overstuff myself. Normally that wouldn’t matter, but since I want to be hungry for today’s brunch, it was good to mentally put my binge brain to rest and just focus on having fun with my friends, not the food.


Almost peed my pants playing Beyond Balderdash – which seems to have been discontinued! As much fun as it was,  $85 is a bit steep.

What are your favorite games to play with friends?

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