So I got accepted into my dream university! I am so jazzed about this that I don’t even know how to react. The last few days have been filled with running around filling out paper work (I’m applying for that scholarship) and looking at housing possibilities. Not only that but I was also travelling (one of my favorite activities) which involved all sorts of packing and preparations.
The trip – just like any- was very exciting. It started off with me losing my bus money; a pretty significant amount mind you; moments before it was scheduled to arrive. Cue a frantic searching, not a little bit of panic and a few tears. The money unfortunately wasn’t found (I found out later I dropped it in a shop while buying stuff for my trip – and someone picked it up and claimed it as theirs) but I was able to borrow some from my family, but it was a close call. This experience was followed by a 2 hour bus trip in blistering heat without air con to another city, a meet up with a close friend (I fully intended to get photo evidence of this even, but I forgot at the last minute) and another 10 hour bus ride to my final destination. The meet up was great, and the last bus ride was almost too good to be true – air con, an almost empty bus, pleasant drivers and a speedy trip. I guess to appreciate the good you have to go through the bad.
Now on a completely different topic I wanted to share two recipes that have become favorites of mine, and since for once I actually bothered with measurements you can try them too.
My summer bean dip from last WIAW
3/4 cup peas
1/2 cup white beans
salt to taste
1 tsp of dried basil (or any other summery, light herb or spice of your preference)
a squeeze of lemon juice
Blend the peas and the beans (adding reserved bean liquid if needed). Add herbs, salt and lemon juice, and continue seasoning to taste
Kid-friendly lentil dish
(The special thing about this dish is that my younger brothers and sisters, who are not too keen on lentils normally, LOVED this dish. My sister was very vocal about the fact she was disappointed by the lack of leftovers because she wanted to eat it tomorrow. And truth be told – so did I :P)
2 cups dry red lentil
800 grams chopped tinned tomatoes (about 2 cans)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 small onion
1 whole garlic clove
2 tsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Saute onions in a non-stick pan for about 2-4 minutes on low heat (till they turn translucent). Add garlic and keep cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add spices, mix well and add lentils. Keep cooking for another 5 minutes or so
Meanwhile bring 4.5 cups of water to a boil. Add about 2 tsp of salt (you can add more later on depending on your taste buds) and add lentils to the water. Cook on low heat for 40 minutes or till lentils are soft. Add in the chopped tinned tomatoes (with liquid) and cook till heated through. Add salt, pepper or other spices if desired.
Now switching topics again.
As much as I love being here and away from home I do find this environment slightly triggering. This is the place my ED began, and there are a lot of behaviors and habits associated with this place. And for some reason I’m tempted to go back to my old habits. It’s not even conscious most of the time, it’s just because I can. I can eat next to nothing and get away with it, I can work out for hours and no one will really care; the scale sitting in the bathroom is calling my name every time I pass it. So far I am staying strong and not giving into these urges – but any words of encouragement or support would be greatly appreciated.
Hope you all are looking forward to the weekend. I’m personally hoping for a sunny, hot one.
Take care all!