This Asian hummus platter topped with sesame cabbage, seaweed salad and pickled ginger is one tasty way to amp up your appetizer game.
If you pulled up our driveway right now you’d see a rusted out dump truck, another rusted out, off-roading outfitted 1996 Tacoma (with mice living in the exhaust), stacks of split wood, logs waiting to be split and tarps covering said wood piles. We are totally living the red neck dream right now and yesterday proved it even more.
I pulled up the driveway from the gym around 1pm yesterday afternoon to Ulysses outside with a chainsaw waving at me to not drive up any further and park the car at the bottom of the driveway. Um, ok?
5 minutes later, after hauling my gym bag up our ski slope of a driveway and approaching the situation, I realized something was off. He’s standing there hand on hip staring at the tree he’s half cut through the trunk of in silence.
Him: “Say goodbye to the woodshed because this thing is about to fall on it.”
Me: “Um, why did you cut it so that it falls that way?”
Him: stares at me in silence like he’s just too annoyed to answer. (this happens often)
45 minutes later and a whole lot of luck that the tree somehow didn’t fall on it’s own. A 100 foot rope is secured, tied around the tree on one end, to the rusted out Tacoma on the other end and he’s now driving the pickup across our front yard in hopes to pull the tree the other way.
By some miracle, this whole thing actually worked and this stupid tree (with it’s 5 million tiny branches that went everywhere on our yard) finally came down in the right direction.
2 hours later of chainsawing, dragging branches into the woods and transporting wood from one spot to another, clean up was complete and I decided to go inside to start dinner.
Not 5 minutes after the chainsaw was put away though do I hear the dirt bike (another element of redneck-ville I forgot to mention) starting up in the garage. Before I can walk to the front door to see what he’s doing with that, I see him wheely-ing up the driveway and using the tree stump as a “jump” while the dog chases him like a lunatic around the yard.
We’re apparently those people.
That’s when the can of hard cider got cracked open and the container of hummus came out. I call it the adult version of “pre-gaming”. Sabra is calling it “The Unofficial Meal”. Call it whatever you like, but sometimes the best part of dinner is snacking while you’re making it. I do this all the time and usually it’s my favorite container of Sabra hummus, some baby carrots and crackers but today I decided to amp up the unofficial meal with some quick and easy Asian toppings. Quick sesame sautéed cabbage, seaweed salad (which is such a great pop of healthy greenery to have on hand) and some pickled ginger make for a delicious way to dip your way right into the main meal.
And forget that the neighbors probably think you’re absolutely nuts.