Sunday, September 9, 2012

Julie & Julia Self-Challenge - Week 2

This week's recipe is Versatile Peanut Dip. First off, I had to go to the store to buy all of the ingredients (except for the pepper flakes).  I don't keep staples at my house.  This fact and the fact that I am 44 and don't cook drive my poor mother crazy.  We have phone conversations that go like this:

Me:       I'm hungry, I'm going to go to the drive through and get a sandwich.
Mom:    Why don't you just make a sandwich?   Not even you could mess up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Me:        I don't have any peanut butter.
Mom:    Then make a jelly sandwich.
Me:        I don't have any jelly.
Mom:     Then make toast.
Me:        I don't have any bread.

Anyhow, it seems that you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Last week's hummus was a success.  I took it to work and shared it with my co-workers and got all thumbs ups!  (Usually if I cook something, I am shown a different finger up.) Several people even stated that I should bring it to the next office potluck.  They usually tell me to just bring a fruit tray or sodas.
This week's peanut dip turned out well, too.

It doesn't look appetising, but it is very good and I am quite pleased with the result.

Next week is stuffed portobello mushroom caps.  It will involve me using the oven.  I'd better make sure that the fire extinguisher is in good working order.


  1. Interesting combo: green onions, pepper flakes, peanuts, and peanut butter. Hmmmm. But I know from experience that what doesn't sound good or look particularly good can actually taste quite delicious. Could you send me the recipe? I'm supposed to be going more vegan.
    I think it's great that you are doing this.
    I laughed at your conversation with your mom. btw I ALWAYS have peanut butter, jelly, and bread! (and eggs and some cheese--scrambled eggs with sprinkled cheese and toast make a perfectly acceptable supper when you are eating alone and are bone-tired You sautee some red and green peppers and maybe some zuchini and make an omelet and it's more nutritious). :>) Also toast with peanut butter and a smidge of jelly and preferably slices of banana on top make a great on the go/in the car breakfast!
    Girl---I need to come visit and get you going in that cute kitchen of yours!;>)

    1. I emailed the recipe and two more :-) I definitely need help - come on down!

  2. You're doing great! Once you get the oven part figured out, you can make pizza! :) (honestly, it's the EASIEST dish in the world - my family would have died of starvation by now if it weren't for pizza!)

    1. Sounds difficult! Maybe in a few years I will get to the point of making my own pizza...

  3. Ha ha! Isn't it funny how some of the best food doesn't really look all that pretty?!! Who cares how it looks if it tastes great?