How would you sum up 11 months of stay in a place – moved in, settled in, moved out ? That’s pretty much the way I would have thought probably a decade ago. But today it seems like even in those short 11 months, one can fit in so much into one’s life in a place.
It starts with being unfamiliar and you yearn for your earlier comfort zone.
It goes into a resigned kind of acceptance of what you have currently and even if its different, you can live with it.
It changes to looking at the goodness that is present in parts of it, and which you probably overlooked before.
It moves to liking the place, forming a few relationships and getting involved with the community.
It escalates into enjoying your stay there, waiting to see the neighbourhood dog who wags her tail, the same children cycling around each day, the same help who cleans the apartment, the same person in the flat above who you havent had a chance to know by name yet but who smiles at you each time.
And then you pack and move on.
Such is life. That fragile. That ever-changing. That is how it shifts, it moves and changes shape each day for us. We wait for it to “settle” into a routine. But of course, it has its own plans.
So here is a quick, simple and versatile recipe which is simple to life in all those qualities-
Zero-Fat Vegan Baked Spinach Wholewheat Sticks with Black Sesame and Chives
1 cup wholewheat
1 tbsp of rice flour
1 cup boiled and pureed spinach ( I added ½ a green chilly, 2-3 cloves of garlic and a little chopped coriander to it while pureeing)
3-4 tbsp chopped chives
2-3 tbsp black sesame
1 tbsp white pepper
Salt as per requirement ( I used rock salt)
Add some warm water to make the dough pliable.
Mix all the above dry ingredients well. Then add the spinach puree and the warm water ( if needed). Cling wrap it and store it in the fridge for about an hour.
Take it out, roll it into a rectangle, use a sharp knife to cut long strips/sticks. Place them onto a baking tray which is lightly greased. Sprinkle some chives and black sesame. Bake in a pre-heated oven ( preheat for 10 minutes) at 175 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes. You need to turn the sticks around mid way. Allow it to cool entirely for it to become crisp.