Photo of the Day, 2/1/13

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February 1, 2013 by jiejie768

Homemade olive hummus (not cookie dough) and carrots.

Homemade olive hummus (not cookie dough) and carrots.

Both Ryan and I like to cook, but our schedules back in Ellensburg (especially mine, with the hour commute each way, coaching February-May, and dancing/zumba-ing nearly everyday) meant that there were quite a few “convenience” foods that we relied upon, chief among them canned beans, Gardenburgers, and pre-made hummus. This might not seem like a lot of foods, but we ate at least one of them at nearly every dinner.

Since moving to Peru, we’ve been forced to learn how to make some of these staples, and it has been an eye-opening experience. Now that I know how to use a pressure cooker, I doubt that canned beans will be something we buy when we come home. The dried ones taste better (especially the garbanzos). We like the black bean veggie burgers (based on this recipe) that we make here better than the ones in the box, and Ryan, who was never a big hummus fan, loves the hummus we make in our kitchen here. The addition of black olives sent to him as a Christmas present from Annette, tipped the scales even further in its favor.

Ryan would like to add tap water to the list as well. As our “resident water purification specialist”, the task of boiling H2O for seven minutes to ensure our health and safety is a task he takes very seriously, and which takes up a lot of his time.

While we didn’t make these things at home, here are a few other recipes we like to whip up in our Peruvian kitchen:

1. Kath’s Whipped Banana Oatmeal
2. Sour Cream (To be honest, we haven’t successfully made this yet, but I’m hopeful! There is no sour cream to be found in Ayacucho and the stuff in Lima is a poor substitute for Tillamook or Daisy).
3. Alfredo Sauce (This isn’t something we actually ever ate at home, but Ryan was craving it one day, and now we know how to make it.)
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies (We only made these once, because we had to get chocolate chips from the US and they are all gone now. We don’t have an oven and were really craving cookies one day. These hit the spot.)

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