Wednesday, September 1, 2010

hummus: yummus in my tummus

I don't write much about my students on here, but not because I have no material. I just don't want any concerns raised about confidentiality. It's not like millions of people read my silly little blog, but I try to keep my professional life, well, professional.

With that being said, I must share this. I have a student I adore. He's a regular, goofy, 10 year old boy, but he understands my sense of humor and has a really quirky sense of humor himself. I need to recount the conversation we had on Monday. For the sake of privacy, I'll call him Fred.

Fred: Ms. Johnston, have you ever had hummus?
Me: Yep. I really like it. Have you?
Fred: My mom just bought some yesterday and we already ate a lot of it. It's my new favorite thing in the whole world. She packed some with crackers in my lunch.
Me: Sounds great! I'm glad you have a new favorite thing in the whole world. Now get to work.

Fred was so excited he even wrote about his hummus during our free write time. On our way to lunch, I walked past Fred in our line and stopped so I could hear what he was chanting under his breath: "Hummus! Yummus in my tummus!" I told him that was very creative, and he said that he had spent all morning trying to make something rhyme with hummus. Bless him. No wonder he didn't get his math assignment finished. He was too busy trying to figure out how to make hummus rhyme with something...anything!

Sometimes I wonder why anybody would want to do anything other than teach 5th graders.

Because I do enjoy hummus myself, I decided to make some tonight. It turned out to be most tasty and figured I'd share the recipe. It's so ridiculously easy I think I'm going to have to make it all the time. You know, so I'll constantly have something yummus in my tummus.

Black Bean Hummus
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove (I used two 'cause that's how I roll)
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp tahini (I didn't have this, couldn't find it, and don't even really know what it is, so I substituted olive oil)
1 tsp cumin

Dump everything into a food processor and pulse until the texture looks good. I added a little water to thin it out a bit.

That's it! You could substitute a can of any kind of beans for the black beans. Healthy, easy, and most definitely yummus.


  1. Yaay for a good hummus recipe!! I am going to start using the phrase "hummus in my tummus" regularly- that is hilarious! Miss you! hope school is going well

  2. I'll try to work it into casual conversation, too. As often as possible. If both of us use it, maybe it'll catch on :)

  3. I love teacher stories. Fred sounds awesome!


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