May 10, 2010

Mom: Granola, Booze & Hummus


A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there! I took a wee excursion to CT this weekend to pay homage (mom-age?) to my own Ma, but made sure to arrive armed with the essentials: granola, booze and hummus.

I doubt that Mom would count everyday items like hummus or granola among her very favorite foods in the world. This is a woman famous for saying, “I never met a potato I didn’t like.” Still, Mom’s kitchen is unfailingly stocked with these staples of granola, booze and hummus, ready for daily consumption.

For Mother’s Day 2010, then, I decided a few upgrades were in order. Anyone can stop by the store and pick up a tub of Sabra or a box of Post cereal. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But to be gift-worthy, I had to come up with some originals, so here they be.




  • 3.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup each cashews, walnuts and almonds, chopped
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (Saigon cinnamon recommended)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup raisins (I used 1/2 Thompson, 1/2 golden)


  1. Preheat oven to 300*. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Stir together all ingredients EXCEPT raisins. Spread onto cookie sheet into an even layer.
  3. Bake 20-30 minutes (or until toasted to your liking), stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  4. Allow to cool completely before tossing with raisins.


This was actually my first time ever making homemade granola—I just browsed various recipes until I decided on a combination of ingredients that sounded good to me Mom. But now that I know how simple it is and how infinitely better it is than the store-bought variety, it’s hard to imagine not making my own granola from now on! The difference was seriously night and day, and the beauty of it is that it’s fully customizable to suit your cravings at the time of baking. Try it—it’ll change your life breakfast.

As for the hummus, I began intending to make the white bean hummus recipe from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan, but ended up changing so many of the ingredients that it’s no longer recognizable as Dreena’s recipe. Good thing it came out well!


Mirin-Herb Hummus


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tbsp mirin (sweetened sake)
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Italian herb seasoning (salt-free)
  • dried rosemary


  1. Combine all ingredients except herbs in your food processor and blend smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add a generous shake of Italian seasoning (usually a blend of dried oregano, sage, thyme and basil) and a sprinkle of rosemary. Blend again and taste. Add more herbs, if desired (I repeated once—I like plenty of rosemary).


Mirin is fun! If you haven’t tried a recipe that contains it, I highly recommend playing around. I do not recommend trying to drink it straight, however, though I don’t know anyone who would try that…

Speaking of which, this brings us to the third and final Mama S&C kitchen essential:




  • What do I look like, a vineyard?


  1. Go buy a bottle.

mom and me

Optional: make Mom hold you like a baby. Love you, Mommy!

What are your mom’s essentials?


Erica said...

Couldn't be cuter! Those are three of my favorite things to bring to my mom/parents as well! the granola looks FANTASTIC! Glad you had a nice time with your Mama!

Ilana said...

cuuute! i made my mom and grandma chocolate covered candied ginger :)

i've never tried mirin before! i must. sounds intriguing in hummus!

Mama Pea said...

Your mom is a silver fox. Growwwwwl.

I love your foodie gifts. You know, I'm a mom too...

Oh, and in a moment of desperation, I once drank mirin. Don't judge.

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

mom, granola, booze and hummus ... it doesn't get better than that ... so glad you and mom had such a nice time :)

TheKiwiBex said...

Ha, love your recipe for port! Must try that sometime...

Your Big Sister said...

Booze - finally a recipe I'm highly likely to actually try... well, in a few months anyway. har har har. xo

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Adorable! Love that you put booze in the hummus too. Gotta take good care of those mamas. ;-)

Mo Diva said...

how cute is this?!?!?!

i actually have a giant bottle of mirin in my cupboards from that time i wanted to make Udon from scratch. this looks like a good way to use it up!

i love your recipe for the booze. thats a recipe that I use for a lot of things

Gabriela said...

You are adorable. I'm sure your mom loves those things...who doesn't enjoy food as a gift?! Hope you enjoyed your mother's day together!

Lele said...

Hahahaha "What am I, a vineyard?" made me laugh a somewhat ridiculous amount.

My mom prefers a margarita :D

Also, I love cooking with mirin. One of my favorite recipes of all time (from one of my favorite cookbooks of all time, Madhur Jaffrey's World of the East Vegetarian Cookbook) is cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, and crumbled tofu dressed really simply with soy and mirin. SO GOOD!

Jackie (Peaces of Earth) said...

Mirin hummus?! First Gena talking about mirin on Choosing Raw, now this yum lookin hummus. I must try! Thanks for the recipe. :)

You and your mom are so cute!

Shannon said...

hehe, love it! great gift ideas, and would you know i still need to make my own granola? yum :)

Anonymous said...

the title says it all. what a great combo

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

awww, love the mama pics!

and the granny-ola, too cute. and good looking!

Hummus, booze, family (well, I would forego the extended family part LOL) but a stellar post.

Glad my raw taco meat looked good.

CrookedMoonMama said...

You got me at the booze. :)
I also love the Granny-nola name.
Happy mamas day to your sweet mama.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Aw, LOVE the mother-daughter pic! Such a gorgeous pair...and I spot the same devilish, impish sparkle in the eye! ;-)