I just had fool mdammas for dinner at a new Arabic restaurant in Silver Spring called A Taste of Jerusalem. This was really good Palestinian fool, the best I've ever had in the States. I had it with fresh pita bread and mint tea! Funny how here it is served as an appetizer! As if you can eat anything for the next three days!
Fool, for those who are wondering what I'm talking about, is made up of fava beans and the usual yummy suspects (lemon, olive oil, garlic, cilantro). It is hummus's childhood friend and best buddy. But unlike its well-known and uppity friend, which has been appropriated, anglicized, and watered down to a "health food" and even called a "dip" (how humiliating!) fool is very down to earth and has not been globalized--thank the lord of beans.
Fool, they say, has a not so flattering effect on the brain--we were discouraged from eating it before exams--in case you are wondering why suddenly I'm blogging about food!