When I took cooking classes here, the teacher told us that proper hummus requires peeling the chickpeas. It's labour-intensive, so she told us how big groups of ladies would gather to gossip and peel away. After seeing a recipe on my favourite cooking class for hummus that also recommended this step, I decided to give it a shot. It takes a while, but it's quite meditative. I listen to podcasts or watch movies on my laptop for the half hour or so that it takes. And I like how the peels look like little tree blossoms.