Hummus with Spinach and Olive(s)- A New Menu for Popeye?

 

Spinach and bell pepper hummus
Spinach and bell pepper hummus

Popeye- the sailor man with the spinach can is a memorable character from our childhood.Most of us have grown up reading Popeye comics and later on watching Popeye cartoons on the television. The plot revolved around the fight between Popeye a sailor and Bluto his navy buddy turned arch rival to win the love of  the flighty flirty Olive Oyl. However, with the help of his trusty spinach, Popeye inevitably defeats him and rescues Olive from his clutches  and wins her affection at the end of the episode. One interesting fact I came to know about Olive was that she was actually named after Olive oil. She had a brother named Castor Oyl and her mother was Nana Oyl (after Banana Oil). And she was the main character for 10 years before Popeye became popular.

All through my childhood, Popeye’s obsession for canned spinach intrigued me. I used to wonder how he consumed tins and tins of bland spinach leaves without getting bored. Honestly, as a child I thought if I could invite Popeye for dinner, I could show him the different ways he could eat spinach 😀 

So, a couple of days back when I made Green hummus with ‘Spinach‘ and ‘Olive Oil‘( the two loves of his life), I couldn’t help thinking of Popeye and chuckling to myself. Immediately, after dinner I made these comic images with some editing

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That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more. ― Popeye

 

I present this Green Hummus Recipe for Popeye and all his fans


 

Green Hummus with Spinach and Olive Oil 


 

I’ll take you all on one at a time!― Popeye:

  • 250 g boiled chickpeas
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. tahini*
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin ‘Olive Oil’
  • 1 bunch ‘Spinach’ leaves blanched
  • 1 green capsicum chopped

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to a fine puree with a thick consistency.Transfer this hummus to a bowl and make a well in the middle with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with extra virgin Olive Oil and a few green olives.

Notes:

  1. If you want the original version of hummus, skip the capsicum and the spinach.
  2. You can sprinkle paprika and/or sumac for extra flavor.
  3. Serve with Khoobz or pita bread.

*Tahini Recipe:

  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Toast the sesame seeds in a pan. Keep tossing all the while. Do not let them brown. Allow them to cool . Add olive oil and sesame in a food processor and blend to a thick paste. Add more Olive oil if needed.

 

 

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sesame seeds toasted
Tahini
Tahini

Basic Hummus served with Khoobz:

 

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Green Hummus served with Khoobz:

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I am taking the Original Hummus and the Green Hummus with Khoobz for my Fiesta Friday friends.As usual it is being hosted by Angie@The Novice Gardener. Co-hosting this time are the fabulous  Caroline @Caroline’s Cooking and Elaine @foodbod. Come along and have fun..

 

For those of you who want to relive your childhood memories:

 

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66 Comments Add yours

  1. asad baig says:

    Wow! Sounds so amazing, healthy and innovative…must give it a try 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Wow!Thank you 😊

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  2. judilyn says:

    I’m flirting with homemade hummus, and the addition of spinach is a nice touch. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the tip. I’ve been using roasted red peppers, and they are a favorite.

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    1. skd says:

      Roasted Red Peppers sounds excellent too. Thanks Judilyn. I will try it next time ☺

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  3. Lety C says:

    How fun and creative you are! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Lety. I am glad you liked it 😊

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  4. great post. i wonder how many youngsters will understand the popeye reference? 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear ☺ My kids are quite familiar with Popeye. It was being aired until a couple of years back. So I presumed the smart young generation must be having a fair idea of Popeye 💪🎷🌱

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  5. Dana says:

    hahaha I love your posts, always creative and Fun to follow. I can’t wait to try making Hummus, always wanted to just never got round to doing so. Lovely post!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear 😊Thats very kind of you. Do try it. The best part is it can be stored in the fridge for at least a week and longer in the freezer. Ideal for those days when there is no milk in the fridge 😉

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      1. Dana says:

        Any foods that I can make an store for a few days (for lazy days) I am more than willing to make. The only thing is I always have milk in the fridge! Dang it! LOL well regardless, will still make it!
        x

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  6. Interesting recipe, very nice images, funny cartoon!

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    1. skd says:

      Wow! Thank you for the kind words ☺and for liking the post.

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  7. srividhya says:

    Amazing n loved your write up.. i love Popeye show too

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Vidya. The familiar hoot hoot still plays in the ears. Thats why I added a video at the end of the post for the good old memories sake 🎷🌱

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  8. Funny story, but I have actually visited the set of the Popeye movie – was quite a surreal experience! I haven’t made hummus in a while but I do love when it is homemade and this looks lovely with the spinach – does it change the taste much? Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Caroline ☺And wow!Isn’t that awesome. I’m sure that was an amazing experience.
      The spinach and the bell pepper don’t change the taste in a big way. Its just that they add a subtle flavor to the hummus. The pepper could be roasted too but I wanted it to look green so I didn’t do that. I think it would work well as a healthy sandwich spread.

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  9. This looks great, have to try it

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lisa. Please do try it.☺

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    2. skd says:

      Many thanks Lisa. Please do. Its versatility amazes me.

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  10. SDK, it looks and sounds fabulous 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks dear Linda ☺ Enjoy your weekend too.

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  11. This looks awesome skd! Have a great weekend

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Michelle ☺ Enjoy your weekend too

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  12. coconutcraze says:

    Nice story there about Popeye and Olive oyl. My son is a big fan and I got to watch when he was stuck to the screen. Hummus with any addition is my choice companion for all kinds of flat breads! This looks tempting!

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    1. skd says:

      Similar story with me too lol! I used to read Popeye comics as a child, but watched umpteen number of tv shows along with my son. Even I fell in love with Hummus as I found it was a healthier alternative to mayo based spreads and dips. Thank you for liking 🙂

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  13. Love your intersting intro:-) hummus can someone sayno

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    1. skd says:

      Many thanks dear ☺I just love that it can be a replacement to the unhealthy mayo in sandwiches and burgers. And a nice filling in kathi rolls.

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    1. skd says:

      ☺Thank you dear

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  14. fazal says:

    Well done.You have an art of presenting the recipes in the most intresting way.Must be a healthy dish
    You have very good members in the blog appreciating and encouraging each other
    This is how we can bring together people from different soils come together and spread message of universal brotherhood

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  15. muthahar says:

    Wow this is my sons favourite .must try.
    well done skd so sweet of you

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    1. skd says:

      Your sons favorite? Then you must make for him ☺

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  16. Lovely! Very creative adding spinach to hummus! Loved your comic on popeye too! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Indu ☺ I had fun making the comic.

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  17. Haha! I love it and love the comic you’ve made to go with it. It’s amazing how Popeye is still so well known after all these years 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Justine ☺I used to read Popeye comics (can’t find them anymore ) and watched the cartoons on TV along with my kids. He is well known with both the generations. Maybe three or four. I never asked my parents and grand parents if they followed his comic strip. I think it started some time in 1920s.

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  18. Lori says:

    A new menu for Popeye! Love it Skd!! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lori ☺

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  19. domesticatedwho says:

    Omg that looks amazing… I’ve been wondering how to make hummus from scratch

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear ☺ It is very easy and versatile. Please do try it. And thanks again for stopping by my blog.

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      1. domesticatedwho says:

        My pleasure!😊

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  20. I’m Popeye the sailor man… Thanks for all the choices to make hummus – just never had made my own. Usually buy it from Whole Foods 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      I am glad you liked it Juju 😊It is so easy to make. You will never want to buy it from the store again.

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    2. skd says:

      Oh sorry wrong address. Thank you dear Popeye. I am so gladz you likez its .hoot hoot 🌱💪😎

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  21. petra08 says:

    I love your green hummus, how clever! It looks delicious 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Petra ☺It’s a healthy and versatile dish.

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  22. I loved Popeye! Brutus always reminded me of my brother 🙂 . This hummus looks delicious and will make a real pretty spring appetizer. Pinning!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Julie. Glad you liked it ☺ It works beautifully as a spread or a dip or as a side to grilled meats.

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  23. nancyc says:

    I haven’t tried making hummus with spinach yet–this sounds really good!

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    1. skd says:

      Do try it Nancy ☺It is a nice variation to the original one.

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  24. Nancy says:

    LOL…Love your sense of humor, skd!! I quite expect you’re saying “I yam, what I yam” about now. 😀 A spinach hummus sounds delectable!

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    1. skd says:

      Haha 😊Now you are a mind reader too Nancy.Howd ya knowz aall the thingz..
      Thanks for laughing along 💕

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  25. Clever, charming — and delicious! 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺

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      1. I thought I was following your blog… and I wondered why I wasn’t seeing much from you… Looks like the WordPress thing disconnected. Fixed that now. Hugs. 🙂

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      2. skd says:

        Thank you dear 💕 I would love to have you around.

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    2. skd says:

      A review from you means a lot to me ☺

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    3. skd says:

      💕Thank you

      Like

  26. Gloria says:

    I am so glad I stumbled on your blog. I loved all your recipes, the wonderful stories and also your daughter’s outstanding sketches. Ah! yes, I am a pop-eye fan and I will definitely try this dish.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Gloria for your kind words of motivation. You made my day. My daughter is going to love hearing what you said. Thank you once again and big virtual hugs from both of us ❤ ❤

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      1. Gloria says:

        bear-hugs from me & my little boy to you & ur precious girl

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