A Little Down Time

My first final exam was yesterday. As usual, I went in hopped up on caffeine (grande, non-fat, no water chai with a shot, please) and feeling hopelessly unprepared. And, as usual, it wasn’t as bad as I had expected.

Now I have a week until my next final, and my third (and last) final is a week from Thursday. Instead of taking this time to prepare for the exams, I’ll take it to relax and maybe do a few other things I have been meaning to do:

1. Make some more bread (it’s been two weeks!)
a. Learn how to make some pizza dough from scratch
b. Learn how to make nan to go with curry dinner
2. Go to Whole Foods and Trader Joes
3. Make some appointments (hair, eyebrows, pediatrician, doctor)
4. Figure out some new easy meals to make
5. Compile all of my chicken-scratch recipes into a nice, neat, organized binder
6. Call people I’ve been meaning to call (namely Autumn!)

The list could go on (it always could) but I wont bore you with it.

Instead, here are some pictures for you to peruse:

Poppin' his collar

Alex wearing his cute little rugby collared shirt and jeans. Seriously, he’s way more stylish than I will ever be.

Mr. Grumpy

Gotta love Target shirts on clearance! This one says “Mr Grumpy.” That is only true when it’s nap time or bed time. Otherwise, he’s a perfectly, actually kind of oddly, happy child:

Such a happy kid

Seriously, he’s like a crazy-content baby. If he never had to sleep, he would always be thrilled to be alive.

And because after his baths he always looks so silly, I’d like to share with you Alex, the little aryan baby:

My little aryan baby

I can’t help but look at him with his combed-down hair and bright blue eyes and think of how much he would have been loved during Hitler’s Germany. I know, I know, inappropriate. Too soon, maybe. Plus, in Hitler’s Germany Alex would have been considered Jewish because he is more than 1/16 “Jewish blood.”

3 thoughts on “A Little Down Time

  1. Here’s my recipe for chapati– which is a type of indian flat bread similar to nan. You can use attah or roti-flour – which are Indian wheat flour’s that you can find at international markets– or regular old’ wheat flour. Try the recipe with corn flour and you’ll get yummy tortillas! It all comes out great. Add rosemary or basil to the dough recipe for really yummy flat breads that are just perfect for sandwich wraps. 🙂

    3 cups flour
    1 tsp salt
    1 tbspn veg oil
    1 cup warm water
    1 skillet

    Mix the dough, knead it, and then let it rest in the fridge for an hour. Take it out, cut it into equal pieces, roll out into large, flat circles on a floured surface. You can stretch it with your hands if you need to.

    Heat a cast iron skillet on medium/high. Using a paper towel, wipe the skillet with oil. Toss one of the dough-circles on the skillet and let it sit until the bread begins to bubble. Encourage the bubbles with a wooden spoon by gently pressing the center of the bread. Flip to other side and do the same until bubbles begin to brown. Take the bread off the skillet, place on a plate with a damp towel over it,a nd repeat the process until you’ve got a whole stack!

    It works best with a partner….one person rolling out the dough, and one person frying the bread in the skillet- like a little assembly line. But I’ve done it by myself, too. You find a nice rhythm! Enjoy!

    Much love,

  2. Thanks so much, Emily! I loved the first bread recipe you gave me so I’m sure I’ll love this one, too. Can’t wait to try it!

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