yesterday we decided to make an effort and finish off the basement.
lots of hard work... thank goodness our new house is so small.
we had a quick lunch, carrot salad, roasted red pepper hummus, veggies and coooooookies.
the carrot salad i had done the night before to accompany our bbq ribs.
it was a very refreshing mix of freshly ground cumin, lots of mint, lemon juice, yellow raisins, green onions. quick, easy.
the hummus i did because i craved the one on the Manx menu.
we went to the Manx on friday and it was closed!!! i wanted that hummus so bad!
my friend Amy, who was with me the first night i had it, has said that she has gone back for it too and it has gone from the menu, so sad.
i remember her saying, why take hummus? let have something else that we can't do at home or buy pre-made... little did we know that we would fall in love with it.
my version of it:
1 can of chick peas
juice of one lemon
2 roasted red peppers
4 cloves garlic (you could put more...)
half a cup of olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
salt and pepper
siracha to taste
put everything in the blender, voilà. it was great with pita. would have been better with pita chips!
and for dessert, chocolate chip cookies. i made a huge batch and froze it. i am well known for a packed and portioned freezer - full of surprises! these are the crunchy style, although they were soft coming out of the oven. you can also freeze them once they are baked (but who can resist temptation to eat them all?
my usual recipe is in a book that i lent to a friend - but i don't remember who has it! eeeeeek! oh i hate that. i'm so scared of not getting it back - who has my cookie book?
these i did in a restaurant some years ago, they called them cow cookies and they were of the huge type. kids love these, they love the fact that they are bigger than their head...
2 cups flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, soft
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 Tbsp yoghurt (not diet)
1 cup chocolate chips (or more...)
1 cup chopped pecans (i had none but put hazelnuts...)
mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. in a separate bowl, mix the butter with sugars, then alternate adding the dry ingredients with the eggs, extracts, yoghurt. leave enough space between the cookie dough as you bake.