June 22, 2004

Tahini, Tahina, let's call the whole thing off...

Oh, you've got to love the Allegheny National Forest, and all its little surprises.

It all started with my love of hummus (hummos?). Naturally, I can get either Tribe brand (eh) or Prince Omar brand (yuck) in the lovely supermarkets of Sparkle City. However, neither are hitting the spot, especially after experiencing the My Organic Market goodness of Heba's Cilantro with Extra Garlic Hummos. Drat them all.

So, I want to make my own. Hummus(os) is simple, you see, it's just chick peas (aka garbanzo beans), olive oil, lemon juice and tahini.

There's the rub.

Tahini paste. If I can't get tasty hummus(os) in Sparkle City, where do I think I'll find tahini?

Ever adventurous, we set out for the next county -- the big town of DuBois to be exact, home to an anemic mall and the smallest Old Navy known to man. Luckily, they have a Martin's, which is really a Giant, but not a Giant Eagle. Don't get them confused. Anyway, Martin's is big, more upscale, and not quite the size of a good old suburban grocery wonder store -- you know, the stores that have their own special organic section, lots of fine cheeses (even Gruyere, which one cannot find up here). Ah. But I go on too much.

I was at Martin's. And I nearly found it. They had two (2) cans of Tahina Sauce. Buzz. Not the same thing. I need the paste -- the sesame seed version of peanut butter, not the runny saucy substance offered in the canned Kosher section.

Foiled again, and not really into purchasing ground up sesames online.

Posted by Julie Young at June 22, 2004 11:55 PM

If I knew what it was, I'd mail it to ya... Sorry your eating glory is being stigmatized by stock-habits of local grocers. That's the power of supply and demand at its worst, I suppose :-/

Order it online? :^)

Posted by: Karissa at June 24, 2004 05:46 PM

At long last! My mom has special powers at our local Shop N Save, so now the entire town has a well-stocked shelf of tahini, and I can make my hummus(os). :) :) :)

Posted by: Julie at June 25, 2004 05:42 PM

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Posted by: Garry Lowder at March 1, 2005 01:44 PM
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