Politics and Avocado-Cilantro Hummus

What a crazy 24 hours for politics, you guys.

I’m sorry, I know it’s tacky to talk about religion and politics or whatever, but indulge me in this and I’ll indulge you all with POSSIBLY my best side dish recipe ever.

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{actually, considering the fact that I work in politics and live blocks away from the State Capitol, it’s a wonder that I don’t talk about it more!}

So first of all, Halle Berry was at the State Capitol yesterday. Yes, the one I live blocks away from.

She was testifying in support of a bill that would impose tighter restrictions against the paparazzi when it comes to photographing children [of celebrities]. Bill authors and bill sponsors get semi-famous people to testify from time to time, but I think Halle Berry takes the cake for most famous/fabulous in recent memory.

Next up: Wendy Davis is a BAMF.

source: NPR

She filibustered for 11 hours yesterday…while wearing fabulous pink sneakers of course. I actually listened to a good 2 hours of her filibuster at work, and then my roomie and I streamed the last 2-3 hours of it after we got home from work. The crazy/amazing thing about this is that during what seemed like every second of that time, old white dude after old white dude would try and bring up bogus points of order or interrupt her to get her all tripped up. She was advocating for a woman’s right to choose. And the men kept trying to silence her. What’s wrong with this picture?

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OK now LAST political thing before we get to this deliciousness:

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I have a picture to share.

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This is me and my family at my aunt Martha’s wedding in.. judging by my bangs…1994. It was me and my brother’s first wedding. Normal family picture, right? Happy family, happy to see our aunt joined in love with her partner.

Yup. Partner. The first wedding I ever attended was a gay one, y’all.

My mom retells the story about how a confused 8 year old me asked her, “Who is Aunt Martha marrying?” and was shocked when she replied, “Her ‘friend’ Michelle”. This early understanding that love can be found between two of the same gender has affected my outlook ever since.

That union eventually ended, and my aunt found her true soulmate a few years later. They were one of the first couples in line at City Hall in San Francisco to make it official when gay marriage was legalized. They have since moved to Connecticut, where they renewed their vows and made it official again when CT legalized gay marriage, this time with their young daughter by their side.

So you can see I am elated today that the Supreme Court essentially upheld the decision that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. It is an issue near and dear to my dad’s family: A regular American family who goes to church every week. No degenerates, no hoodlums, no drag queens. Just normal folk!

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It’s a very happy day, and you can bet you’ll find me celebrating at the Capitol this evening!

I got this bracelet from our friend Amanda, who is the Chair of the California Young Democrats LGBT Caucus (and who I met last year…at a gay wedding). I feel like it was my most appropriate jewelry to wear today!

OK, you have all been patient…and now you are awarded:

DSC_0609I bought Avocado-Cilantro Hummus from the Farmer’s Market two weeks ago and I have been dreaming about it ever since. But it cost $5 for a teeny tiny tub, so I decided to take matters into my own hands: I bought $2 of avocados and cilantro instead of the hummus, and got to work. It ended up just as great as the original, and the avocado made the texture of this homemade hummus thick and smooth. Probably my best hummus yet, and really, who doesn’t love avocado?

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[proof that my nails are rarely perfect. haha]

Avocado-Cilantro Hummus
makes about 1.5 cups

1- 16 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (reserve the liquid!)
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed
1 tbsp tahini
zest and juice of 1 lime (2 if needed)
1 garlic clove
1 avocado
pinch of cumin
pinch of salt & pepper

If desired and if you have time, peel the skins off the garbanzo beans. Discard the skins.

Place garbanzo beans, cilantro, tahini, lime juice/zest, and garlic in bowl of a food processor. Blitz until everything is a coarse meal, stopping to scrape down the sides occasionally. To get things moving, add up to 3 tablespoons of reserved garbanzo bean liquid. Keep processing for a minute or two until mostly smooth, and all the cilantro is incorporated.

Add avocado and spices to food processor. Keep processing until completely incorporated and mixture is smooth…if needed, add more lime juice rather than more reserved liquid.

Will keep in fridge for up to 3 days. Like guacamole, it will start to brown after about 3 days.

Weekend in Photos

Yes, another Weekend in Photos post… it seems like forever since I’ve posted a Meatless Monday recipe! A full THREE months (my last was these Red Pepper & Chickpea Veggie Burgers)…sorry guys. I actually have photos and a recipe for an easy weekend breakfast hash that I’ve been meaning to share, but I forgot to upload the pictures from my home computer last night so you’ll have to wait till next week! I’ve got an even better recipe later this week that will surely tide you over ’till then, which leads me to my first picture of the weekend…

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I came home from work on Friday with a can of garbanzo beans and one goal: to recreate the avocado-cilantro hummus I bought at the Farmer’s Market a couple weekends back. I’m happy to report it was a smashing success! I almost finished the entire batch by Saturday evening…. 🙂

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On Friday night, I had plans to check out a new spot with my friend Shannon, whose cousin from Spain was visiting. We went to Vanguard, which is actually located on the ground floor of the building where I work! It felt kinda weird to be sitting outside enjoying a drink within eye-shot of the lobby I sleepily walk through every day at 8:30am and 5:30pm. But it was a gorgeous venue, super classy and pretty chill since it was more of a lounge than a club.

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As I told you all on Friday, all I wanted to do on Saturday morning was go for a nice long run and hit up the Farmer’s Market. My mom called and made plans for early in the afternoon, so I decided to combine the two- what was going to be a 3 mile run followed by a ride to the Farmer’s Market ended up as a 3.25 mile run ending AT the market. Once there, I finally went for it and tried the Kombucha Truck! I had Synergy Gingerade, which was awesome since I love ginger. Would it be weird to put kombucha in my Whiskey Gingers from now on? Is that kind of defeating the purpose of kombucha being healthy?? Haha.

I also picked up summer squash (every week I get assorted summer squash from the same stand – next week they said they might have cherry tomatoes WAHOO!), a purple cauliflower, and some shiitake mushrooms!

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We have a family wedding in New York in August, and my mom and I had been procrastinating our dress shopping. East Coast weddings require something a bit more formal than my go-to ‘California Casual’ wedding outfits. We left for the mall at 12:30pm and didn’t leave until nearly 5 PM!!! Oh, except around 3:30 we drove to ANOTHER mall. It was an intense day, people. I found a dress I liked right off the bat (see that little red number above), but red doesn’t do much for my complexion and hair color.

My mom found a nice navy blue number that she loved (and was comfortable in! SUPER important for what’s sure to be a hot and humid wedding), and I kept looking. I came home empty handed, but looked on the Macy’s website and found the dress I loved in yellow. It’s hard to judge from a picture, but I’m gonna give it a shot and see how it looks! Yellow has worked on me before (see this picture from my About Me)…I may require input from you all, so stay tuned 🙂

That night, we went to Napa to spend some time with T-Man’s mom before she moves…she’s moving to DENVER this week! It will be strange not having her an hour away anymore. She has treated us to some amazing dinners and wine tastings during our visits over the last couple of years. Sad! But excited for her to start a new chapter of her life.

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After saying goodbye, we joined T-Man’s dad, step mom, step siblings, and a few friends for a fantastic meal for his step brother’s 30th birthday. Since the last time I visited, they had built an addition to their dining room that is amaazing. It’s a sun room, complete with a full dining table, kitty apartment, and lush plants. The meal involved some Filipino favorites and two “semi homemade” Angels Food cakes 🙂

We got home in time to catch the Mad Men season finale right as it was airing on the West Coast (though it was DVR’ed earlier so we still got to fly through the commercials!)…very interesting episode. Such a strange season of Mad Men this was. It felt so cerebral…After each episode I just needed to sit and think and analyze!

That’s it for now! Didn’t take too many pictures this weekend so unfortunately for you guys, if you follow me on Instagram you likely saw most of these. Either way, it was a good weekend. It’s raining outside right now, but next weekend is expected to be in the triple digits. It’s a real mixed bag over here!

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a Mad Men fan?