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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ms. Smith Comes to Tampa Boiled Peanut Hummus Slow Roasted with The Vaccines, General Fiasco and Male Bonding

It was suggested one time in Cedar Key that, "A person hasn't experienced Florida unless they've tried boiled peanuts." It took me seven years but I finally "experienced" Florida. As I slurped one peanut down after another I was surprised to find the texture and taste oddly reminiscent of a bean. I thought nothing more of this similarity until a Facebook response suggested that if I made boiled peanut hummus there would be a willing taste tester. Brilliant idea! So that's exactly what I did on Sunday (between the potatoes and homemade Oreos).

Ms. Smith Comes to Tampa Boiled Peanut Hummus
(printable version)

-1 lb of peanuts
-pot of water
-Cajun seasoning
-1 Tbs. olive oil
-1/4 cup water
-2 garlic cloves
-Cajun seasoning (to taste)
-salt (to taste)

1. Place peanuts in a huge pot. Fill the pot almost to the top with water. Pour in some salt and Cajun seasoning. Place a lid upside down on the pot (if you filled the water high enough this will hold the peanuts under). Boil for six hours adding more water as necessary.

2. Drain the peanuts in a colander. Allow to cool. Remove the nuts from the shell and place in a food processor. Once all peanuts have been removed, discard the shells.

3. Pour olive oil, garlic, water, Cajun seasoning and salt in food processor. Pulse until peanuts are smooth (add more water if you would like the hummus smoother). Garnish with parsley.

4. Serve on top of toasted pita. Open wide and experience Florida.

What if Katy Perry had been an Englishman in an indie rock band? Then "Last Friday Night" would've sounded something like what the Vaccines did and boiled peanut hummus would probably be something mothers tell their kids to scare them straight.

The Vaccines-Last Friday Night (Katy Perry Cover)

With seven hours of boiling, a person has plenty of time to dance. They simply must find the right song. General Fiasco's new one "The Age that You Start Losing Friends" fits the bill. It is guitar driven and fast but also features enough rhythm to make Andy Reid happy. Be on the look out for General Fiasco's new album, Waves, set to be released in October.

General Fiasco - The Age That You Start Losing Friends by Dirty Hit

"Tame the Sun" by Male Bonding has been out there a while. I still can't get enough of it:

Male Bonding-Tame the Sun(via Pitchfork)


  1. Non l'ho mai preparato e questa versione dev'essere proprio buona! Un abbraccio e buonissima serata

  2. Well, You certainly experience Florida for sure after making that least Florida's hot and humid weather, after 6 hours of boiling, your kitchen will be just like'll be wishing the ocean was near by...

  3. Great tunes, great recipe as per usual, sir! I've been obsessed with the Vaccines as of late.