Coming back from an unplugged weekend always makes me feel refreshed. I know I have a lot to catch up on but I enjoy taking some time off every once in a while.
My trip to NY was absolutely what I needed — a great break to see old friends, reconnect, and recharge. While sitting at dinner with two of my best friends from college, we commented about how it didn’t really feel all that different from 5 – 6 years ago, sitting at dinner, talking about an upcoming party or upcoming event. I feel like that’s the best — when you can go for months (or sometimes years, sheesh) without seeing people, and then see them and it’s like nothing has changed. And even if things have changed, at least the energy is the same. It’s reassuring.
Another thing I got to do was visit my parents’ house and see my pets this weekend!
Meet Jasper the black cat and Zoe the golden retriever. They are best friends, believe it or not. Sometimes I think they are confused – they believe they are the same animal. I often see Zoe try to clean herself like a cat would, and Jasper has learned to tap his water and food bowl with his paw when he is hungry or thirsty. Strange little creatures, but I adore them.
Going home to NY is like a trip to nostalgia-town for me, and usually results in at least one night of settling down in my room with a cup of coffee and pouring through old photo albums, journals, boxes of letters, etc.
I feel like it’s good to reflect on where you’ve been. It helps you understand where you are, where you’re going.
As mentioned in a zillion entries previously, I also saw Pippin on Broadway this weekend. I cannot quite put into words how awesome it was. It’s hard for me to be disappointed by a Broadway musical, but this one exceeded all of my expectations. I’m not sure there’s a better way to explain it than to say that the audience gave a certain cast member a standing ovation in the middle of the show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen. There’s some serious magic at work in that little theatre on 45th st.
In some cooking-related news….
Can I just eat this every day? I was craving falafel last night but didn’t really feel like eating anything fried. Getting creative, I decided to do something similar, but instead of pan-frying, I used my oven to bake the mixture into a burger-like formation. Paired with pita bread, veggies, and hummus? Um, hello, perfect dinner.
A recipe? You know it.
Baked Chickpea Burgers (makes 6 medium burgers)
You will need…
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 2 15-oz cans chickpeas
- 1 egg
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (or crushed gluten free crackers if you feel so inclined)
- salt, pepper
- 2 tsp cumin
- a few leaves of parsley
- olive oil
- In a food processor, pulse onion and pepper until finely minced. DO NOT blend, or you will get a liquid.
- Add chickpeas and pulse again until smooth.
- Add egg and breadcrumbs. Add additional breadcrumbs if you find the mixture to be too wet. Pulse again until combined.
- Add spices and parsley. Pulse a few more times. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and refrigerate approx 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cooking sheet with foil and lightly spray with no-fat cooking spray. Form mixture into 6 patties (approx 2 inches wide). Lay patties on the sheet and lightly brush with olive oil.
- Bake in the preheated oven approx 25 minutes or until the tops of the patties are golden brown and crispy. Enjoy!
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What foods do you often crave?
What do you like to do when you go back to your hometown?