I’m moving to New York next week, and I’m really excited but also slightly terrified. I haven’t spent much time in the city, but I have watched a lot of Law and Order SVU, which I’m 99% sure is a documentary, and it seems like a dangerous place. Also – filled with sexual deviants.
And while nobody can deny that Ice T is a phenomenal artist/human being, I’m just not sure how I feel about him being a cop.
Regardless, I’m pretty sure it cannot be any scarier than my move to Boston last year. Hurricane Sandy hit the day I moved into an empty apartment by myself. The power went on and off for two days, the lock to the basement door was broken, and the entire city was sold out of flashlights. It was a nightmare.
I might be taking too much creative license by calling this hummus. It could just be black bean dip? I’m not sure what exactly differentiates the two, I don’t care enough to look it up, and you are going to love it regardless.
It’s 4 ingredients with no added fat from olive oil or tahini that a lot of recipes call for. It’s simply pureed black beans, brightened up with lemon juice and spicy sirache sauce. It’s so easy and inexpensive that you have almost no excuse not to make your own Halloween-shaped tortilla chips to go with it.
BLACK BEAN HUMMUS
- 1 15oz can of black beans
- juice from 1 large lemon (or 1.5 medium lemons – about 1/4 cup)
- 1-3 tablespoons siracha sauce
- 1 tsp cumin (optional)
- I used shredded red cabbage for colorful garnish – but use whatever you want!
- Puree beans and lemon juice in blender.
- Add siracha sauce slowly and test, until you’re happy with how spicy it is.
- Sprinkle with cumin and serve with tortilla chips. (instructions below)
BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS
Recipe adapted from Allyson Kramer.
- White corn tortillas (staler the better)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- pinch of course salt
- Halloween cookie cutters & pastry brush
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lightly brush tortillas with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Press cookie cutters into tortillas and place tortilla shapes on a lightly greased baking pan.
- Use a frosting tip/toothpick/something sharp to make eyes. (I forgot this step. Still mad at myself.)
- Bake for 6 minutes, flip once, and bake for another 3-4 minutes. Keep an eye on the baking time because it really depends on where the rack in your oven is/what specific tortilla you’re using.
Back to scouring Craigslist for a home.
My second worst nightmare.