ABC’s of Me and Spicy Berbere Chili with Pesto’ed Hummus
Katie thought she was the last one in the blog world to help circulate this one, but she was wrong. I am. But here you go, a little bit about me.
ABC’s of Me
Bed: Queen pillow-top with high thread count bedding and fluffy pillows. I take my bed time seriously.
Chore you hate: I hate the part that comes after actually washing the clothes, you know, drying them and folding.. but I love vacuuming.
I don’t like doing dishes either…
Dogs: I miss having pets. I grew up with two dogs, a collie mix and a little toy poodle. 🙂
Essential start to your day: Exercise. And a trip to the bathroom. But not in that order.
My TRX and I. Fun, huh?!
Favorite color: Coral (reddish-orangey)
Gold or Silver: I’m not picky, I’ll take either.
Height: 5’4 1/2
Instrument you play: I used to play the piano, clarinet and base clarinet. Now I can bust out a quarter of a song on the piano. Sad.
Internet/blog surfer Executive Assistant
Kids: No. Just no. I’m way too selfish.
Live: Los Gatos, CA (I LOVE it)
Technically this is Santa Cruz but I’m right in the middle so I can claim both.
Mom’s name: Carole
Nicknames: Lo, Mwrar (don’t ask), Sissy (by my sister, duh), Bitch…?
Overnight hospital stays: Not yet.. hopefully not ever..
Pet peeve: Talking just to talk. Stop it. (That’s why you should get a blog, so people don’t have to listen.)
Quote from a movie: Sorry, all out of movie quotes.
Right or left: Right handed
Siblings: Younger sister. Hi Sister!
Time you wake up: 6:15 am… like clockwork.
Underwear: Yes, I am currently wearing them. They were purchased at Victoria’s Secret.
Recycled aluminum underwear?
Vegetable that you hate: Water chestnuts (are these even vegetables?!). I cannot and will not.
What makes you run late: Kind of like What Runs Lori? I hate being late so it’s usually traffic or finding a parking spot (San Francisco, you have got to have one of the worse parking-spot cities. Ever).
X-rays you’ve had: Arm, wrist, foot, teeth…
Yummy and healthy banana bread! Recipe here!
Zoo, favorite animal: Zebras! So pretty!
So, that’s me. Well, a few things about me. You’re probably bored out of your minds now. How about a recipe to pep you up?!
How about the best chili recipe ever? Ok, ok, you twisted my arm, here you go!
Spicy Berbere Chili with Pesto’ed Hummus
[With bacon, Ethiopian spices, and topped with Lori’s Pesto’ed Hummus]
- 1 large white onion
- 1/2 lbs each, freshly home ground beef and pork (or some ground meat of choice)
- 1 tbsp Herb de Provence
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp Berbere (optional, I suppose but WHY would you?)
- few squirts of spicy Sriracha sauce (for heat)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 quart water
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 2-3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups dry beans (we used a mix of red, adzuki, and black beans)
- handful of green beans (optional but we had them in the fridge 😉 )
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/4 lbs of bacon half way cooked, discarding bacon fat, and chopped into small pieces
In a large pot on high heat, sweat the chopped onions in olive oil. When the onions are soft and translucent, add in the ground meat, browning, but not cooking all the way through. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium heat for 2 hours (45 minutes if using precooked/canned beans).
Serve in a large bowl topped with chopped white onions and cooling Pesto Hummus.
Lori’s Pesto’ed Hummus
- 1 cup chickpeas (canned or cooked)
- 1 cup zucchini
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 3 tbsp lemon juice or 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Random Question of the Day:
If you were an alphabet letter, which one would you be and why?