April 7, 2011


Filed under: Daily life — pyjamasandtea @ 12:36 pm
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I’m back!  Back to my computer, back to drinking tea in my pyjamas, but not back to my right mind.  Oh no not yet.

Moving is brutal!  I have never been so exhausted, and not only because this new house is five floors and I have yet to take a step without complicated advance calculations about what needs to go up or come down, lest I make a fruitless trip.   It was tough taking seemingly random pieces from three different houses (his old, my old, our temporary one) and combining them into a whole that could be called “home”.

I have thought a lot about what it means to have a home these past few months.  I can feel the beginnings of one pushing its way into my heart.  One unexpected downside to feeling home is that I miss my kids more than ever when they aren’t with me.  They occupy an entire floor of the new abode and when they aren’t here, I pass by that floor without stopping and it gives me a pang.  Home means they should be here with me.

Some random observations about my new home:

-I stood in front of my new shower on day two with abject terror in my soul.  What if it dribbled?  Or couldn’t get lobster-boiling hot?  What if it felt like a a spring shower instead of the brute force thunderstorm I need every morning?  I entered with such hope, such fear… HEAVEN!  The water sang as it poured out and I could live in that shower if only I could also bake in it.

-The counters in my kitchen are just a tinch higher than any others I have had, necessitating a whole new dough-rolling technique.

-My new soft pillow-top mattress forces me into a roll into the middle during the night, enabling unsolicited cuddling with my love.  Endearing?  Apparently not always.

-Negotiating closet space proved more difficult and delicate than signing our names on the mortgage papers.

-Seeing a set of cheques with the new address AND both our names on them caused me heart palpitations.

-Two= the number of times I drove to the old house on auto-pilot.

-The fishbowl effect of living in a house of windows makes me feel like I “perform” my nightly ritual of making tea.  I can feel the neighbours watching me choose from my impressive (some might say excessive) tea varietals and struggle with the new mugs that have weird handles that don’t enable me to carry two without burning my knuckles.  Do they mark the time I turn off all the house lights? Do they admire my fetching red robe?  Of course they don’t, but I might wish they might.

-I have two unpacking chores left to accomplish.  I was however, right to predict that as soon as I gave myself a day off, I would never feel motivated to return to the unpacking-frenzy.  Those boxes may well hide their contents for years to come.

Home is a place and a feeling and a future.  I am working its way there.


March 3, 2011

Spicy Onion Soup with Lentils

Filed under: Recipes,Soup — pyjamasandtea @ 10:56 am
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No meat in this one!  And it is just perfect for a bitterly cold day… March is coming in like a LION.  I have no motivation whatsoever to get out of my pyjamas.  The tea of choice today is chocolate-mint which tastes just like a liquid After Eight mint.  When coupled with a butter tart at 10:30 in the morning… divine. This is what I am making for dinner tonight:


Spicy Onion Soup with Lentils

2 tbsp butter

5 cups sliced onions

1 tsp chopped ginger

1 tbsp garam masala

1/2 cup red lentils

4 cups vegetable stock or water

1/4 cup yogurt


Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add onions, sprinkle with salt and cook slowly, stirring occationally, for about 30 minutes, or until nicely carmelized.  Add ginger and garam masala and cook 1 minute longer.  Add lentils and stock and bring to boil.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils have exploded.  Adjust seasoning.  Swirl with yogurt.

This soup is fantastic… warming and warm, and it tastes just as good or better the next day.

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