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 –
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
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.
- If you want the original version of hummus, skip the capsicum and the spinach.
- You can sprinkle paprika and/or sumac for extra flavor.
- Serve with Khoobz or pita bread.
- 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.
Basic Hummus served with Khoobz:
Green Hummus served with Khoobz:
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: