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dog days of summer

A couple of days ago while spending my money at a this damn fantastic store, I shockingly discovered that August was upon us.

No, I am not slow, but for some reason, the days of summer all blend together. after the 4th of July, it’s all downhill, really. I pay no attention to dates, unless those dates correlate with due dates for research papers, presentations, meetings, etc. I think I scared the salesgirl too, as I literally said out loud, “Holy shit, it’s August.” She looked at me, with that fake nervous smile, and kept quiet.

I guess I wil have to find somewhere else to shop now.

With the homestretch of summer upon us, I find my motivation to do ANYTHING seriously lacking. While a month or two ago I was on a roll with a new job, a new found optimistic outlook, new friends, now I am slightly bored, somewhat antsy. I guess college ain’t so bad for me, since it seems that I can’t function as a normal human being without it’s daily routine. 

I wouldn’t say that I am looking forward to class again, but I am ready to get this last semester done. I see the end, and DAMN it’s clear! A few hard and stressful months lie ahead, but if I just suck it up and stop my moaning and groaning, I will make it out alive.

One thing is certain though: the days of cooking for hours and baking in to the wee hours of the night will end shortly. I will miss my time in my kitchen, but that’s how the story goes, right? I’m sure I will find time to bake up some sugar-filled treats but I know that the leisurely pace I savor while in the kitchen will be replaced by a slightly panicky, always stressed, and most like sleep-deprived girl. Haha, aren’t you in for a treat!

For all you summer lovers out there, savor these last few weeks of August. Walk outside in nearby parks, enjoy the lush greenery, eat greedily at late afternoon BBQs, drink one too many pints of beer, and for God sakes, make yourself some hummus and couscous with fresh veggies like I did. In honor of my future arrival at crazy-town, I whipped a huge Greek feast for me and my mom. It consisted of Trader Joe’s Middle Eastern Flatbread crackers, homemade hummus from Alice Waters, sauteed eggplant with onions and balsamic vinegar, whole wheat couscous, and a nice mix of olives and tomatoes. Oh, can’t forget the store-bought Trader Joe tzaziki.

The hummus was from Alice Waters’ great book, The Art of Simple Food, and it was good. I won’t say it was out of this world, but it was better than some hummus I have had while eating out. It would be better with dried chickpeas, but I used canned because my pantry was fully stocked. It was a little too lemony, so make sure you taste as you go when adding in the lemon.

I definitely reeked of garlic for a couple of days, but it was worth it. Sitting out in my backyard with a good book, nibbling on those addicting crackers with this hummus, I pretended that school had no part in my impending future. I almost believed myself. Almost.

Hummus
from The Art of Simple Food

Ingredients:
¾ cup dried chickpeas (I used one can)
¼ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
¼ cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, peeled and pounded to a puree
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt

Directions:
Soak dried chickpeas overnight. Drain and cook in plenty of water until quite tender, 1 to 2 hours. Drain the cooked beans, reserving ¼ cup of the cooked beans, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Puree with a food mill or in a food processor or blender.

Mix all ingredients until smooth, adding some of the beans liquids if needed.

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August 22, 2008 - 9:18 am

Kristin at The Kitchen Sink - Oh, this looks like the perfect summery, grazey feast! I’m getting the end-of-summer blues too. Thanks for the reminder to savor what’s left of it.

August 22, 2008 - 9:31 am

ann - you’ll have to share your recipe for your mix of olives, mushrooms and tomatoes, it looks like!

August 25, 2008 - 5:34 pm

joythebaker - Super Super Yummy meal! Congratulation on your upcoming last semester of school. Ahhhh….. I remember the feeling well! Go girlie!

July 26, 2009 - 9:35 am

Miri - Ooooh… a Mediterranean meal is my favorite!

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