On Easter Sunday, Eileen of bearshapedsphere accompanied E. and I on an urban adventure. We hiked in the foothills outside of the La Reina section of Santiago. The park is called Parque Mahuida, and you can take a city bus to its entrance. I was so happy to be able to arrive at a hike without a car. It’s also a great feeling that the park is accessible to so many different people.
Our trail was quiet because of the holiday. The cacti started appearing a couple hours up. They always seem like lonely sentinels to me.
The hike up wasn’t strenous–uphill but not too steep–but the walk down was difficult. Very loose and gravelly. Grabbing thorny bushes during the descent–not so smart. I am still sporting several bruises from when the trail took me down. This sign is fitting:
Take a look at Eileen’s beautiful photos of the day. She took a photo of a giant purple winged bug dragging a spider into his den. She also took a photo of a snake which she saved me from walking into. Thanks again!
On a different note, Diann at Eat’n Veg’n inspired me to take a photo of a dinner I made the other night. She is always sharing her meal ideas and food experiments on the site. I admire that her writer’s voice is always positive and inquisitive.
I’ve been in the mood for a black bean burger and sweet potato fries, so I did a take on an Epicurious.com recipe. Recipe after the jump.
Just a warning: this is spiced for people who like some heat!
Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Inspired by a Bon Appétit recipe from July 1995
Serves two people (two burgers each)
- 1 15- to 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup dry breadcumbs
- 3 large button mushrooms, diced (or one roasted and finely chopped portabello)
- 4 tablespoons chunky salsa
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (I recommend Texas Pete)
Mash beans with a potato masher or hand mixer. (If hand mixing, leave some beans whole to give the burger some texture.) Mix other ingredients in. Hand form a burger-sized patty. While the hamburger buns are toasting, brown the burger for three minutes each side with medium heat. Serve with tomatoes and avocado slices. Add extra salsa to top. More hot sauce couldn’t hurt.