The mission of book giving day is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. To help celebrate, my daughter gifted one of her favorite books, The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, to a new friend at school. She had just moved to the area and didn’t have any books in her room yet.
This delightful book tells the story of two best friends, Salma and Lily, who share so many things in common. Except for lunch.
Lily eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwiche while Salma eats a hummus and pita sandwich. Soon the entire school is involved in their lunch lesson of friendship, love and tolerance.
In the book, Salma’s mother makes her the sandwiches every morning for lunch and I told my daughter that I remember my own doing the same. We realized that we wanted to gift the sandwich book with some homemade hummus. We then spent the afternoon putting our book and hummus welcoming present together.
1/3 cup Lemon juice
1/2 cup Olive oil
Olives for garnish
1/4 cup Tahini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika or pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 can chickpeas or 2 cups dried chickpeas*
*Hummus is the Arabic world for mashed chickpeas. If you are buying your chickpeas in the can, they are ready to be used, simply drain them. If you buy your chickpeas dry, you will need to bring them to boil then simmer about 1/2 hour until tender.
Combine all ingredients into a food processor and mix until the consistency is smooth. I sometimes sneak in a teaspoon of cayenne if no one is looking for an extra kick.
Place in dish and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Place a few olives on top for garnish and enjoy with a side of pita chips. Or add in pita bread as a sandwich.
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