Life has been quite a swirl after becoming a new novice home owner. After dealing with the usual barrage of legal papers, it was fun to sleep in your own master suite in a king size bed and cook in your huge kitchen where finally every kitchen tool has a cabinet place assigned for it. It usually takes a fortnight to realize that home ownership comes in with a lot of work:)
With Amo finding the stairs quite an adventure. I might need a foot massager at the end of the day very soon. Mornings have been busy with shopping for accents, drapes, rugs etc., and fixing them in the afternoons. I love shopping in my new area. We have almost all shops within 10 mins of drive from home including Trader Joe's that caters for my organic needs. Evenings have been busy with walking around the neighborhood with Amo or playing on the deck with him.
Weekends are busy with grocery shopping and running to Lowes for some hardware fix. I guess owing a home always needs your constant care and attention for a happy American living. From lawn mowing to garbage disposal...all has been a learning experience. Now I clean 3 bathrooms, a foyer, stairs, fireplace, pantry-kitchen with the rest of the cleaning I did in an apartment.... and somewhere I am still pleased that I do all this although it tires me out. I guess its always a bitter-sweet story owing a home.
I am still baking cakes for family and friends and this avocation is awesome as it pays along with satiating my creativity. But the dough quickly disappears buying something pretty for my home :). Recently, I made the below princess cake for my friend's daughter. So at the end of the day all is good with my weight in check after all the running I do behind Amo. Although, I think it is time to start looking for yoga centers and begin my soul mender: crotchet.
Hummus and similar spreads have been my best friends for these few busy week and this one below is a keeper!!! Spread in on pita, bread or bun....its all fun!!!!
with some deep fried pita
1 can of garbanzo beans
1 large (or equivalent to 4 oz) of red pepper
1-2 pods of garlic
1 tsp of cumin seeds
2 tbsps of tahini
2 tbsps of olive oil
1 tsp of cayenne (as per taste)
2 tsp of lime juice
1 tsp of chopped parsley
salt to taste
Roast the pepper on a gas burner/ oven by rotating its sides every 5 mins until the skin gets charred.
The most easy way to peal the charred skin is to put the pepper in a bowl and covering the bowl with a cling wrap. This settles the hot vapor into moisture on the skin making it easy to peel. Wait for at
least 20 mins to remove the cling wrap. Peel and keep aside.
In a food processor add the beans, tahini, salt, cumin, garlic, roasted red pepper and olive oil.
Once the mixture is smooth like a paste add lime juice, parsley and cayenne for garnishing.