I’ve recently be pleasantly surprised by a few things in my life. The first is the book The Untethered Soul. It is full of deep thoughts and I know it is changing my life. I can go into it more, but reach out to me if you want to hear it. It isn’t for the faint hearted. People have been surprising me too. I’ve been so blessed in the past month or three to have a real sense of community starting in Seattle and it feels encouraging, hope filled and frankly, quite sappy. I’m all in. I am so grateful for the incredible people that have been open, vulnerable and receptive to new opportunities. I almost feel like I want to shout from the rooftops what is happening. People and being social bring me such joy. I thrive off of new friendships, deepening relationships and touching base with much loved ones. What have you been surprised with in your life recently?
Another two things I’ve been surprised with and very much enjoying. Queens of the Stone Age! I was very late to the game with them and yet it is another thing I love about music, it ebbs and flows very much like an ocean or current. What you are in the mood for one day is the exact opposite of what hits a chord in your heart another day. I found their song Villains of Circumstance when my husband was on a business trip. It felt almost designated for the moments we were apart and was a timely reminder of how much I enjoy spending time with him. I have fallen in love with this album. The musicality, the slight upbeat and yet ironic tone, it ran deep with me when I discovered this album. If you’ve always loved QOTSA, what have you loved about them?
Beet chips was another surprise. Being in a CSA, I had a plethora of beets for many summers. I tried so many different recipes and yet because it was the summer, I had never tried chips. Thanks to Imperfect Produce (this is not an ad, I’ve since stopped my subscription), I had another plethora in the winter. Beet chips came to the rescue. Especially as a dietitian, foods with different textures are imperative. I love something crunchy with my sandwich as much as the next lady. However. I also know I want them when they really are worth it (homemade, house made or Seattle park days, anyone?). So this is a perfect in between option, crunchy, crispy and I don’t feel like I miss much.
I paired this with Villains because I feel like this QOTSA album is slightly spicy, slightly rough around the edges and wants you to know its around. Beet chips with the berbere also are slightly rough around the edges and remind you with each bite that they are present and a reminder of how much you enjoy spending time with them.
Baked Beet Chips with Berbere
Serves 3-4 as an appetizer/snack
- 4-5 small to medium sized beets, washed thoroughly
- canola spray, olive oil spray or olive oil (about 2 tbsp)
- 1-2 Tbsp berbere pepper
- salt to taste
- If you didn’t read the note about washing the beets thoroughly, wash them and then maybe wash them again. You’ll start to seem them shimmer and shine just slightly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Ideally, use a mandoline set at about 1/8 of an inch thick. Thinly slice each beet and place on a baking sheet.
- Spray the beets on one side with olive oil spray and sprinkle with berbere and salt.
- Turn all of the beets over and repeat step 4 on the other side.
- Place the beets in the oven and baking for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and turn all of the beets over again.
- Repeat step 5 until the beets have been in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Start to watch them very closely. There is a fine line between them being too overdone ( a dark brown that happens super quick) and underdone, a deep red that doesn’t quite crisp. Be patient, pour yourself a glass of wine (or sparkling water with bitters and a splash of apple cider vinegar – my favorite mocktail right now) and wait by the oven. It will be worth it.
No notes for this post – I feel like this is pretty self explanatory. Enjoy!