Remember when you were little and you used to get bored? Where have those days gone? What I wouldn't give to have a lazy Sunday afternoon where I was just bored, where my mind and hands were not busy doing half a dozen tasks at once, where I just thought to myself, "shit, I'm bored, I wish I had something to do. Remember when you were little and Christmas seemed like it was a lifetime away? Christmas is 87 days away and all I can think is "shit, it will be here before we know it". Why, why is time moving so damn fast right now? Is it because every year that we get older, a year is indeed a smaller piece of your life span on this earth, therefore it actually is a smaller unit of time as it relates to the time you've been alive? Want to hear something that will make you feel like time is on an unfair trajectory? I was running the other morning and happened on the Oldies 103.3 radio station, and, they led of the next block of "oldies" with Prince's iconic hit Party Like It's 1999. I nearly crapped my pants. When did Prince become an Oldie? Oh, and then the next artist...wait for it...Madonna. Madonna.
I'm speechless, we've become our parents generation and it happened without us even noticing.
Well, if age is inevitable at least this dip will help me get there without orthopedic shoes and elastic waistbands on all my pants.
White Bean Garlic Dip
6 servings | 1 pt
1/2 garlic bulb
1 cup canned cannellini beans rinsed and drained
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 scallions, minced
1/4 orange or red bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro or parsley
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne
1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Cut off a thin slice from the pointed end of the garlic bulb. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast until soft, about 30 minutes. Unwrap the foil and let the garlic cool slightly. Squeeze the garlic from the skins into a food processor or blender. Add 1/2 cup of the beans, the lime juice and oil; puree.
2. Transfer to a medium bowl; stir in the remaining 1/3 cup of beans, the scallions, bell pepper, cilantro, salt and cayenne. Refrigerate covered until the flavors have blended, at least one hour.
Rating = Good (better the next day)