Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ham the Chimp's Spaceflight Three Dishes

On January 31, 1961, a chimpanzee named Ham (actually HAM, for Holloman Aerospace Medical Center) became the first higher primate to leave the Earth's atmosphere. I was going to relay some facts from Wikipedia, but it's just all sad. Poor chimpanzees probably often wonder who the hell these big hairless devils are and why they punish you until you perform in rote, mechanical ways. And then why they continue to punish you in increasingly bizarre ways until you die. NASA no longer "employs" chimpanzees, if that's any consolation.

Notice: You shouldn't use more than three or four cloves of garlic for 30 oz. of chick peas when making hummus. I used double that amount here out of spite for my taste buds and my taste buds' children.

serves: 2
prep. time: no more than 25 min.

some rapini, thick parts of the stems discarded
1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 c. red lentils
2 c. water
1 large tomato, sliced

1 can chick peas
lots o' olive oil
3 cloves garlic
spoonful of tahini
juice of at least 1/4 lemon

1. Put everything for the lentil soup in a small pot. Simmer or gently boil for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Put everything for the hummus in a food processor and process until smooth.
3. Saute the rapini with garlic for about five minutes.

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