lately i have been making an honest attempt to be a responsible adult, who is inching his way towards the big 3-0. yes, that birthday is a good three and a half years away, but i am still closer to that then 20! it's funny. it is so easy to fall into the habit of thinking about the here and now. i have money now, so i can spend it, right? wrong. sure you can do whatever you want with your money. but i am realizing more and more the importance of getting some kind of cushion in my bank account. it's all about planning for the future!
one big thing that i've done in this conscious act of frugality is cut out starbucks. that's right. i, thomas scott, have managed to quit going to starbucks in the mornings before work. i actually get up about 1.39 seconds earlier and make myself a french press or latte. i'm still getting my caffeine fix but not spending about $5 every morning on it!
now, from time to time, i will allow myself a little treat - and today i went to libertyville's newest coffee shop, hansa coffee roasters. it's everything you could want in a small local coffee shop and more! don't get me wrong, i worked at starbucks for three years - it's great for what it is. but i have to admit it...if i were still buying coffee on a daily basis, hansa may have just stolen my business!
last weekend my entire family got together for dinner at my parents house. what was on the menu? grilled turkey. mashed potatoes. creamed spinach. stuffing. we had a full-blown thanksgiving meal weeks before the actual holiday. why? i haven't the faintest idea, but it was delicious! two thanksgiving meals within a month of each other? twist my arm. in a subconscious attempt to not let go of summer (i know, i know, it's long gone by now!) i found like light and refreshing recipe for a chickpea feta salad. the second i see "feta" you have me hooked. cheese is the one thing that i love, even though i shouldn't. yes, i have eaten an entire block of cheese in one sitting. by myself. i am damn proud of it too!
i know that this is not the type of dish you would prepare in november or december, so perhaps i am a little behind in getting this recipe to you. so my suggestion is to pull this out on a freezing cold winter day when all you want is winter. throw this salad together, go out and buy corona, crank the heat to a perfect 95 and pretend that it's the middle of july!
or enjoy it no matter the temperature outside! until next time...happy eating!
chickpea feta salad
ingredient: 1 medium onion, diced 3 gloves of garlic 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil pinch of red chili flakes 2 14oz tins of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 4 chopped scallions 1 cup chopped parsley juice of 1 lemon 5 oz feta cheese salt and pepper, to taste
- heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook the red onion until lightly golden, add garlic and chili and cook until garlic is fragrant. set aside to cool.
- drain the chickpeas, rinse and place in salad bowl. add crumbled feta, onion, parsley and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. add the cooled onion and garlic mixture and remaining oil and mix well.