My newly turned 3yo is in bed asleep.
There is a strange silence in the house.
One I haven't heard for two weeks......
I love having the chaotic sounds of the kids around.
I love not being woken by alarms.
I love looking over at the couch at the spray of children woven in amongst each other watching old fashioned cartoons to start the day.
I love taking our time over breakfast.
I love the weather of the September holidays.
Although this time the rain kept us inside for most of the first week.
But the sun came out & out came the Scrabble, Upwords & the Yahtzee...to play outside.
The recently turned 5yo is a self taught reader and was ever so happy to join in.
We all loved his starting words.
and then this (our favourite!):
The last Saturday before we went back to school we headed to our favourite beach.
A little hidden treasure of a place that we generally have to ourselves.
I love those days where you are sustained by nothing more than a packet of dry biscuits, a few sandy apples and the glorious sea air where time is forgotten.
It was the most magical day of our holidays.
All 5 were immediately involved in something.
It soothed me momentarily from the tug that I feel every holidays of trying to give all of my children- now at such varying levels of development- something to enjoy.
Here is a pictorial essay of some of the moments from that day that I will treasure.
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S DUKKAH:
Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mix. The word apparently originates from the Arabic word for 'Pound"-as the mix of spices & nuts is pounded after being dry roasted.
I make my own mixes although it is relatively easy to come by in various shops now.
I love to make my own as I can depend on it's freshness and also mix up the flavours to my own taste.
The following recipe is the one for the latest batch I made.
I used it alot over the holidays on my breakfast.
It is also lovely sprinkled on Basmati rice to serve alongside tagines or other middle eastern foods.
I was thinking the other day how lovely it would be on a pan-fried fillet of fish too, with a squeeze of lemon juice. YUM! I am going to do that this weekend I think!
Once you have made it store in an airtight container & it will keep for months. I hope you will find yourself sprinkling it all over the place! It is sooooo delicious & super easy!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts (or hazelnuts)
- 1/2 cup of pistachios
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons coriander
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano ( I used my own dried Oregano from the garden- or substitute with the Greek dried )
- 1 teaspoon salt
- a good grind of WHITE pepper
Heat a heavy based pan over a medium heat.
Add nuts and roast till fragrant and just turning brown.
Remove and set aside.
Add the spices & sesame seeds to the same pan and roast till fragrant.
Add the nuts to a mortar and pestle and pound till coarse- alternatively use a food processor and pulse till the mix is coarse. Be careful not to overprocess.
Place nuts, sesame seeds, S & P and spice mix in an airtight jar and sprinkle generously!
As we were on holidays I lazed over breakfasts and used my Dukkah quite a few times.
One of my fave brekky's was : Dukkah sprinkled geneorously on top of soft poached Organic eggs with a sprinkle of freshly chopped dill & a squeeze of Lime juice on toasted sourdough with lashings of avocado. Good enough for any time of the day!
On holidays I feel in love with this track. I played it many times......