This month, How to Eat is dipping into hummus. But would you ever put it on a sandwich? Do you eat it with carrots or crackers, fried courgettes or lamb? And does its popularity actually hinge on the fact that you can eat it while unloading the dishwasher?
It is not often How to Eat( HTE) the Guardian blog defining how best to feed Britains favourite dishes feels it necessary to refer to the yellowing cuttings of the arts archive. But, simply occasionally, it happens that a spate of self-indulgent ad-libbing during a 2011 National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors exemplifies, in one sentence, so much of the misunderstanding, nay racism, that surrounds this months topic: hummus.
Apparently, during their larking about, the One Man, Two Guvnors cast would regularly ask the audience for something to eat. Offered a hummus sandwich, James Corden the George Bernard Shaw of Generation Bantz is reported to have exclaimed: Oh God, is this a Guardian readers night?
Please take a moment, dear reader, to fully LOLZ that one out.
Now, there is a lot about hummus culture that HTE has neither the space nor the inclination to fully explore here. It will not, for instance, become mired in the quagmire of whether( sensible, egalitarian) hummus or( the unbearably affected) houmous is the correct spelling. It will not tread on Felicity Cloakes well-worn kitchen lino by discussing how hummus should be made. It will not seek to resolve the hummus wars that divide the Countries of the middle east. Suffice to say, HTE likes the posture of hummus-obsessed Israeli blogger, Shooky Galili: Hummus is a centuries-old Arab dish nobody owns it, it belongs to the region.