Black eyed pea hummus and thyme flat bread

I made this for a couple of friends that came over a couple of weekends ago – been meaning to post it. I made a hummus with black eyed peas and a flat bread with bits of fresh thyme from the garden.

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In a food processor combine the yeast, sugar, flour, salt and thyme. Pulse to combine. Add the water in a steady stream until the dough begins to form a ball, turn it on to a board and knead with the heel of your hand until the dough is smooth and elastic.Coat a bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl, and cover with a damp cloth. Put in a warm spot to rise until double in size, about 1 hour.When the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough, scrape it onto the counter and knead it lightly into a smooth ball. Cut into 20 pieces and with a rolling pin roll out to form very flat 5 to 6-inch circles.Preheat a stove top grill pan over medium high. Do not oil. Place bread on hot grill and cook without touching it until you see bubbles on the surface, about 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and continue to cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until bread has puffed up.
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I served the flatbread in a basket with cloth to keep it fresh till guests arrived.
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I soaked these for about six hours prior to cooking. This makes them a bit less gassy if you know what I mean.
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  • Two cups of cooked peas
  • 1/4 cup processed sesame seeds
  • juice from a lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt to taste
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Caroline visiting and cooling off with Arlo.

Caroline visiting and cooling off with Arlo.

Apple Stuffed Pork loin

Cooking a beautiful seasonal meal puts me in the holiday spirit. I need the simple pleasures of peeling apples, chopping onions and sauteing in bubbling pats of golden butter stirred thoughtfully around the pan, during the quite of the day, for my own sanity in this chaotic world. I look forward to the smile I’ll receive when I present the meal. For tonight is a pork loin I’ve butterflied and stuffed with an apple, onion, cranberry and walnut stuffing seasoned with sage and thyme. Acorn squash split open is filled with the remaining stuffing to bake alongside in the roasting pan. Tying the rolled up meat with twine as a sailor would tye a line around the main to batten it down for a storm, then dusting with salt and colorful pepper flakes.