The last month has been a roller coaster of emotion.
Ok, there was one specific high and one specific low. So like a roller coaster for the easily nauseated (hi me). But I am nothing if not dramatic 😛
The high? My family came to visit! It was awesome and so much fun to have them here and spend time with them and show them around NL. But the low? Well, we had a week of extreme heat and… the fridge didn’t make it. So we were fridgeless for about 3.5 weeks. Obviously it was a very dark and trying time.
I have to say that, even though Pieter & I own our apartment, and even though making that decision was stressful, trying to choose a fridge was like NEXT LEVEL. With real estate you at least have some sort of idea of what you need, and a general understanding of what might make one thing cost more than another. But with a fridge, I feel like prices are just completely arbitrary, with two items with the exact same specifications differing by over 400 euros. You select the basics that you need in terms of size and structure etc., but otherwise you essentially put on a blind fold, spin yourself around, and then point in a random direction. Not at all exaggerating.
Anywho. Since we got our new fridge, I’ve been going WILD in the kitchen. After almost a month of carefully avoiding leftovers and buying only non-perishables, I’ve been whipping up things in BIG BATCHES: pickled beets, mango chutney, salad dressings, be still my heart! The newest addition to the family of jars & tupperware? This spicy chickpea salsa salad.
This is literally just my go-to recipe for salsa tossed with my go-to spicy roasted chickpeas, and then topped with avocado because what isn’t improved by avocado?
I woke up with a vision the other day and knew I needed to make it, and it was one of those rare cases where the result was even better than I could imagine. Maybe the new fridge has magical properties???! Stay tuned! 😛