Good Morning ALL. Welcome to Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Last week I was writing the month of May in my phone log and this morning I almost wrote January. Oh well. Could be worse, I could be actually thinking it is January or May. Would that really be worse. Guess it is not doing any harm. Funny, actually. Sometimes our brains go in strange directions. Or at least mine seems to from time to time. Did you have a good weekend? I thoroughly enjoyed my long weekend. Teddy, Kobi and their Mom dropped a piece of “key lime pie” off just before my supper last night. Always nice to see the pups. They bring instant joy to the house. Supper was the last of the Chef’s Plate meals for this go around. Not sure that I will be ordering from them again or not. I think that I will just cook on my own for awhile. Last night’s meal was a roasted chickpea and red pepper dish with a tabbouleh salad and baked feta. It was quite good. I most especially loved the warm soft feta. Never have had that before and I really enjoyed the feta baked. I eat a lot of chickpeas and peppers roasted/baked in the oven so that part was not new to me. The tabbouleh salad I have made over the years a handful of times but I will be making the feta with a similar dish again. After supper, I had part of the key lime pie for dessert. It was different than I have had before …. but good. I watched a couple of my recorded shows and then it was off to bed. We had a good night sleep and of course, we were up a couple of times before the final get up and go for the day but that is okay. Life is what you make it. If I choose to be cranky and miserable and think that I am tired because of our odd sleep schedule then I have no one to blame but me. As we age and the same applies to animals ….. they have aches and pains and need to go to the bathroom at all times of the day and night. Alvin and I are on the same schedule in life so it makes it so much easier. I wouldn’t change a thing. I am grateful that I am working for home as I end up with a couple of extra hours of sleep. So grateful. I really hope that our employer decides to let us continue to work from home. We go to the office once every month of two and that suits me fine. It is great for Alvin ….. most especially as he is getting older. It would be an incredibly long day for him by himself and not being able to get outside when he needs to as he does now. Well looks like the sun is beginning to rise as it gets closer and closer to springtime in Western Canada.

Well it is time to head on downstairs. I put on the coffee when I had to take a quick break from this a few minutes ago to let Mr. Alvin outside. This afternoon at 3:00 p.m. – Alvin has his regular appointment and his two/three year vaccinations. His nails are getting a bit long as this appointment is a week longer I think than his last one and then two weeks earlier to have his shots. Kind of in between. Today is to be much warmer so we will be able to walk to Alvin’s appointment.

Take care on this Tuesday. Remember to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience for all other living creatures.

Always, Carol & Alvin


List of Ingredients:

(1) 19 fl oz or 540 ml can of chickpeas or Romano beans

Reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid from the peas or the beans whichever you use.

1/4 cup lemon juice

6-7 cloves garlic (chopped) (Note: I love garlic so only put in what you like)

10 shakes or twists of the grinder of sea salt (about 1/2 tsp of sea salt)

(3) tbsp tahini

(2) tbsp olive oil

I put all of these ingredients in my kitchen aid food processor and it comes out in the perfect texture.  Thick soup like.

Note:  you could use a pastry blender to mash up the chick peas or the Romano beans.

I also add at the end:  a couple of tsp of freeze dried parsley, couple shakes of cayenne pepper and black/red pepper.

It keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days.  Although mine never lasts that long.

I also bake my own “tortilla chips” – simply cut into wedges either whole wheat or whole grain tortillas …. I bake mine on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

At 375 degree oven.  They only take about 3-4 minutes.  It is a good idea to watch them closely.  I usually flip them once so that they are baked evenly.

They are the perfect combination “hummus” and “baked tortillas”….. I also have them with my homemade guacamole.  So good.

I like to try new variations on existing recipes.  This is so good.  Perfect appetizer or with raw veggies or a salad is good for a light meal.

It is healthy and so tasty.

I hope that you enjoy.  I will be adding photos to my recipes along the way.

Always, Carol

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