January 11, 2008

Hey Look! A Vegetable!

It’s been ages since I’ve participated in a blogging event, especially Blog Party hosted by Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness. I always have such good intentions but lately it just hasn’t happened. But when I heard Stephanie was hosting yet another round of Blogging By Mail, I knew that I had to get back into participating. I signed up immediately for BBM, (which has the theme of ‘Little Things Mean A Lot’) and then decided that I would also participate in this month’s Blog Party, which is vegetarian themed. Anyone who knows me, knows I love meat, (especially bacon) but that doesn’t mean I don’t eat my veggies. I actually really like vegetables but they don’t have the same show stopping appeal that bacon does, (ok, maybe I’m biased) so they don’t make it onto my blog as often as I eat them.

Apparently the veggies resent my lack of blogging about them because as I was slicing the celery, I sliced my thumb too. Cutting myself in the kitchen always makes me feel like such a failure. And then the bandaid gets in the way of future cutting and gets all soggy when dishwashing and generally serves as a mocking reminder of my inability to wield a knife. Sigh. To compensate for my lack of knife skills, I used my food processor and blender to complete the rest of the required tasks. Screw learning how to do things properly, I’ll just buy expensive machines to do my work for me! And somehow acquire a Lifesponsor so that I’m able to afford said expensive machines…

Bri’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

2 red peppers

1 can chic peas

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Roast the peppers whole in a 450F oven until the skin begins to turn black. Remove from the oven and place immediately in a plastic bag. Let the peppers sit for ten minutes in the bag and then remove the skin and discard along with the inside of the peppers.

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve with fresh cut veggies.

Bri’s Kiwi Banana Smoothie Shots

1 ½ frozen bananas

1 kiwi

½ cup vanilla yogurt

Splash of milk

Drizzle of honey

Blend and serve. Garnish with a clementine slice if you feel so inclined.

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Manggy said...

Ooh, thanks for reminding me! I totally have a kiwi I should use already.

Go bacon! :) Sorry about your finger. I once passed mine through a grater. OUCH.

Peabody said...

Look at you gettina all healthy. I love veggies...cooked in bacon. :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: I'm a lover!

Kevin said...

Roasted red pepper hummus is such a great dip/spread!

Tartelette said...

You are reminding me about eating healthy this time of year...why? oh why? ...Looks beautiful!

Lydia said...

I love roasted red pepper hummus -- well, all kinds of hummus, really. Worth getting injured for!

Deborah said...

I love hummus, but I've never tried roasted red pepper hummus. This sounds delicious!

Ann said...

Looks delicious! I know what you mean about kitchen cuts (and/or burns). I always feel like I'm incompetent when it happens.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Go appliances! Lifesponsor sounds a lot like a husband to me. Is that what you're after? I've got a spare 24 year old, but I doubt you'd want him. He can't afford deluxe kitchen goods.

JEP said...

T'm going to make that smoothie---thanks!

Kristen said...

I am not surprised you cut your finger. Hard to see without a light! Use that as a threat to your landlord :)

Pixie said...

Poor thumb. Hummus looks delicious, must try to make my party dish FAST!

LisaRene said...

Hello, I participated in the Dispensing Happiness blog party as well and that was how I learned about your blog.

What a nice idea to use sesame oil in place of thaini in your dip.


Alec Smart said...

I am sure your red pepper hummus tastes great, but it looks like a steaming pile of dog crap the way you have pohtographed it.

You might try a different angle or put it in a bowl .

Ivy said...

Hoummous or hummus is an appetizer we also make in Cyprus but in a different way. Must definitely try this and the display of your veggies is so appetizing. I have posted the Cypriot version if you would like to take a look at.