Crafting with Intention: Homemade Hummus in a Handmade Bowl

Making my food, and the vessel I eat it from, entirely from scratch may seem a bit extreme.

But sometimes inspiration comes in pairs, like this hummus and bowl duo, and extreme approaches can end up being quite special.

I have played with clay on and off for over 10 years. Very rarely do I make something with a specific purpose in mind, but as I crafted my largest bowl ever I started to imagine the bright and beautiful salads, creamy swirled pastas, and hummus parties that it could hold.

It’s perfectly imperfect… the wonky edges and wild glazing have me written all over it.

I am also a big chickpea champion (they’re even growing in my backyard right now) and as a plant-based eater, beans and legumes are critical for meeting nutritional needs like protein and fiber.

Hummus is one of my favorite dishes to make and eat regularly, so I was extra excited to see it grace the cover of the new issue of Bon Appetit, my favorite magazine. (That link will show you the recipe, as well as a gorgeous video illustrating the process.)

I skipped the cumin in the recipe (which I’ve already made twice) and opted to craft a giant hummus party in my perfectly suited porcelain bowl, featuring some beloved flavors.

Toppings include:

  • Guacamole and Avocado with Cilantro Flowers
  • Caramelized Red Onions with Balsamic
  • Garlic Scape Pesto and Mixed Olives
  • Edible Flowers
  • Berries
  • Olive Oil and Smoked Paprika

With an assortment of crudités, chips, and pretzels on the side… this was lunch.

As much fun as it was to arrange this bowl of beauty, it was much more rewarding to see my vision come to life.

I had a hand in everything pictured… from the drippy glaze on the bowl, to the planting of the seeds that led to the flowers and berries, and the execution of all the food made from scratch.

In moments like this I truly feel as if I am embodying the spirit of a “cured life,” crafting and creating with inspired intention.

There’s no better feeling.

Cue the wild spiraling of my imagination for future projects that I can see my hands all over, from start to finish!



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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