I will be adding some pictures here soon.
But when we spoke of the decaying process of trees, I mentioned (while looking at some woodpecker holes in a tree nearby) the process that led to the production of humus.
We laughed, because everyone knows hummus is now made for dipping various things into it, made from chickpeas and lots of variations of seasonings.
4 garlic cloves
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
8 dashes hot sauce
Turn on the food processor fitted with the steel blade and drop the garlic down the feed tube; process until it's minced. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste, for seasoning, and serve chilled or at room temperature.
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/hummus-recipe.html?oc=linkback
But all during our walk, I was fairly certain that humus was the product of decaying trees and leaves. I tried asking Google our lord and master, but he was out to the woods. So when we got back home I did another search. It's all in the double "m" in the middle of the word.
That makes it a dip.
Single "m" makes it dirt.
Humus is dark, organic material that forms in soil when plant and animal matter decays. When plants drop leaves, twigs, and other material to the ground, it piles up. This material is called leaf litter.