On Friday I literally spent the majority of the day seated at the kitchen table with my laptop, unmoving. All I did was blog read and catch up on the million and a half subscriptions in my email inbox that I’ve been meaning to go through forever. I should really stop subscribing to so many, I always take forever to get around to reading them. Most of them are recipes and health stuff though and I just can’t seem to get enough of em.
I also managed to accomplish something that I’ve been meaning to do for several days now: whip up some homemade hummus. It’s been a while since I’ve made any from scratch and I had a couple good recipes jotted down that I’ve been wanting to try. I found this one recently featured on someone’s blog. It sounded good so I jotted it down on a scrap piece of paper but neglected to note where it came from. Duurrr. So if this sounds familiar to you and you think it came from YOUR blog or you know where it did come from, please let me know! I always forget where exactly I find all the good ideas that I jot down.
- 2 cups chickpeas (liquid reserved)
- 1.5 tsp kosher salt
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp chickpea liquid
- 8 dashes Tabasco sauce
– Throw it all into a food processor and away you go.
I used “fake” lemon juice because I didn’t have any lemons and used less lemon juice overall because I don’t like too strong of a lemon flavour, and used probably 4 tbsp of the chickpea liquid for a creamier consistency.
After it was done I took out half of the hummus and put it into the container, and then with the remaining half I threw in some oil-packed sun dried tomatoes.
Overall they’re both very tasty. The original is slightly saltier than I would like so next time I would add less of the kosher salt, if any at all. I would probably up the lemon juice a bit as well, or try adding the real stuff. The sun dried version tastes less salty and is a bit more flavourful, which I like. I think it’s a recipe worth keeping though.
What else did I do instead of doing anything actually productive?
Pepper and spaghetti squash. First encounter with pepper squash. Tasty but it’s still got nothing on my beloved buttercup squash.
I just love strained yogurt. It’s my greek alternative since we don’t seem to carry that anywhere around here and it’s amazing. I’m so glad I braved an attempt at this!
- Read old “personal journals” from 7th grade that our teacher made us write in to force us to write more.
I wrote about some really lame things when trying to meet the page requirements. Some of the highlights included rambling about green apples and the Austin Powers movies. The mind of a 12(?) year old.
- Then a sweet overload – vanilla yogurt with frozen mango chunks, dried pineapple and about 1/3 of an old homemade Larabar
+ whatever chocolate I could find left from holidays because that’s all I really wanted. Blech.
Then I finally had enough energy to get a workout in, which I had been putting off all day, so I did about 45 minutes of running/incline intervals on the treadmill.
Because this post is already crazy long, I’ll just give a quick rundown of
I was pretty excited to eat this and although delicious, it was a tad dry which I guess is one of the disadvantages of leftover baked oatmeal. I still enjoyed every bite though. :)
Lunch was at work, nothing exciting.
It is now Sunday. I was up far too late last night and woke up far too early this morning so I’m feeling a little out of it. It was “Frost Week” this week, first week back to school of the winter term, so was a big weekend to go out apparently. I was out dancing last night and the club was packed for once so it was a lot of fun. And even better was the fact that I had no expectations for the night at all and was actually not even really feeling like going out, but I promised my friend I would go and I hate when people flake out and bail (as people do all the time) so I stick to my word as much as I possibly can. Anyway, I love when I’m anticipating a lame night and it ends up being one of the most fun nights. It’s always fun when it’s packed because it’s easy to get plenty of dancing in.
Unfortunately I still woke up before 9 this morning. Ugh. The sun is too darn bright. Although it’s beautiful out and the sun hasn’t shone much this winter so I can’t complain. I’ll just have to try to get to bed early tonight I guess!