Random posts & Redesigning My Delights

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It’s a blessing my work has been keeping me busy. It’s also extra special that things in my life are finally shifting toward healing. Honestly, I’ve taken my body, mind, and spirit’s cues decided to be a little more “selfish” lately. Take selfish to mean I’ve been taking time to do what I want including taking care of myself inside and out…which also means going at a slower, more relaxed (less anxious) and peaceful pace.

One of the things I love most about blogging is that it’s a place where I can be myself, share things I love, and let my style flow. And to be able to share it with you is just amazing! In recent months, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to blogging as I would like. But I haven’t forgotten about My Delights or anything like that! It’s actually the opposite, I haven’t been able to get my mind off of this blog.  So much so, I’ve decided to redesign it! I’m going for it!

I’m giving myself an November-December deadline for the finished redesign. So between now and then, expect me to publish a few “random” posts–probably once a month. I’m excited to do the work and look forward to growing My Delights!

I’d love to share the going’s on on my Instagram and Pinterest pages. Follow or add me!  THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!!

 

 

 

10 Things you didn’t know about me

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If there’s one thing I learned from being an INFJ (Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling Judging) and a HSP (Highly Sensitive or High Sensory Processing) individual, it’s that I’m cautious about opening up to others too much. I have a friend who’s an open book and it amazes me how much of her life she’s comfortable sharing– to be that free and unconcerned about what others think is admirable.

So I thought, for this post maybe I’d open the door a bit more and share some things you don’t know about me. Because, why not?

1) I can peel shrimp using a spoon and fork. Some cultures eat with their hands, others with a knife and fork, and mine, well, we grew up using a fork and spoon. Each time we had shrimp, I grew tired of switching back and forth between using my hands to peel and using utensils to put the food into my mouth. So I committed to the utensils! It’s not a total time saver, but it works when you don’t want your hands to smell like shrimp!

2) I hate talking on the phone. Oh, I hate this so much. Well, if it’s for business it’s less painful because, there are “rules” and formats to a business call that both parties typically stick to. When it comes to friends, I love talking in person! I enjoy spending time with them and it’s just easier to capture their body language, tone of voice, and so on.

3) I read 2-3 books at a time. This happens not because I’m a genius, but because I like the variety.

4) I love really bad, mind-numbing reality TV! I’m talking stuff like The Real Housewives, Married to Medicine, and WAGS folks! I guess what I love about it is that I don’t have to “think” too much and it’s great that the drama isn’t mine either!

5) I didn’t watch the original Star Wars trilogy until I was almost 30! It blew me away!

6) Birds scare me. Years ago, I had an altercation with a bird. Long story short, it flew into my face when I opened my front door! We tussled for a bit, until it found its way inside and perched itself on the ceiling fan in my living room. There have been other different, separate incidences involving geese and an ostrich.

7) I can pick up things with my feet when I don’t feel like leaning forward and using my hands to do it. Like weights…it happened in barre class one day. Our instructor asked us to set our weights aside, I was too tired to bend down and pick them up so I used my feet instead. Didn’t know they were that strong! From time to time, I’ll use them to clean up around the house too. It’s a new form “lazy” in a way, and thinking outside the box at the same time. Haha.

8) I love playing board games that allow people to turn against each other. It’s the observer in me that’s fascinated by our human interactions and the “why” behind the things we do to win. It gives me a glimpse into who I’m really playing with. Full disclosure, I don’t care about winning, I enjoy watching how players “betray” each other.

9) I’m afraid of roller coasters. But I would sky dive and bungee jump again.

10) I prefer coffee over tea. I always feel like I have to declare, “tea” because it’s healthier for you. But I don’t care. I love coffee! I enjoy it at its purest– black. But I really love it with a little of bit of cream and sugar, hot or iced.

Thanks so much for reading!

Lemony, garlicky hummus

 

This is my third food-related post in a row. This isn’t exclusively a food blog by the way. But I can’t help it. Lately, I’ve been reminiscing–thinking about old places we used to go. One of them was this little artisenal pasta place called, Stellina’s. It was weird because I wasn’t a huge fan of their pasta–they over cooked it a lot. Mushy. But I loved their hummus! Every time we went, we started our meal off with the hummus appetizer.

What set this hummus apart? It was simple, light, fresh, and just full of flavour. It wasn’t bogged down with heaps of cumin and spices–something I’ve noticed most places use. After our many visits, we finally asked Stellina’s what they put in their hummus. They kind of looked at us a bit boggled, like, “We just use regular stuff. Chickpeas, tahini….” and then it trailed off. Looking back, I don’t think they understood why we were obsessed with it.

Stellina’s closed a few years ago. I wasn’t going to miss their pasta, but I was sad the hummus was gone. I didn’t even get to say good-bye! How and where were we going to get our hummus? I realized I was going to have to learn how to make it. I had to count on my memory on how it tasted  and had to try to “recreate” it somehow.

I went on to do a web search and finally found Giada De Laurentiis’ and Ina Garten’s recipes came the closest. I made it a few times and tweaked it. In the end, instead of plopping raw garlic into the food processor, I added olive oil (with the garlic) to a small pan and let it sizzle a bit on low heat–until the oil became really fragrant. And I added lots of lemon juice to brighten it up.

The final recipe is far from perfect, but it’s close. Here it is (adapted from Giada De Laurentiis and Ina Garten):

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Tahini (sesame paste)
2-3 large cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 dashes (or more) of hot sauce
1-2 lemons
1 – 15.25oz can (432g) of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained, save the liquid from the can and set aside
Salt to taste

On low-medium heat, add the olive oil to a small pan. When the oil is warm-hot, add the garlic.  Cook for about 1-1.5 minutes until it gently sizzles and the oil is fragrant. Watch closely and stir frequently so the garlic doesn’t burn. Turn heat off and set aside.

In a small food processor, add garbanzo beans, tahini, hot sauce, a pinch of salt, about 1 tablespoon of the reserved garbanzo bean liquid, and the juice of half of a lemon. If you’re living on the edge, add the juice of the entire lemon! Pulse the processor to blend the ingredients. If the mixture looks too dry, add a little more of the reserved liquid. Next, slowly add half of the smashed garlic cloves and half of the olive oil. Blend ingredients again. Add more reserved liquid until you reach your desired consistency. Add more lemon juice and/or salt to suit or your taste.

Place finished hummus into a storage container. Let it sit for a few minutes or up to an hour so the flavours can play and marry. Use the remaining garlic and oil as a garnish when serving.

I enjoy eating this with olives, peppers, and naan. Yum!