So my birthday was actually Friday, but I’ve been at the OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators’) conference which while conveniently located in Denver this year left me little time to do much else this weekend. Thankfully it was very inspiring and I got a lot of useful material for my classroom, so spending my birthday at a conference turned out to be a rather relaxing sort of experience. So this being Spring Break until tomorrow, I made a pan of lasagna on Thursday and popped it in the oven when I got home on Friday. Friends brought some parts of the meal and we all had a really nice time. Nathan bought me an Astor Piazzolla album which was super fabbo background music. For a quick side dish I made this chickpea salad:
Marinated Chickpeas (adapted from Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking)
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 small purple onion, diced
1 wee clove garlic minced or pressed
4 of the small stalks of celery from the most inner parts (they will be more yellow–and chop up the leaves–they are super fragrant and will change your view of celery FOREVER), chopped
1/2 small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
pinch red pepper flakes or paprika, or hot smoked paprika, or cayenne if you really like it spicy
6 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T sherry, white wine, or red wine vinegar (sherry is my fave)
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything together. Seriously–that’s it. Super easy. And tasty. I take this for lunch when I think about it or I make a bunch and leave them in the fridge and have them for a snack.
I also made this cake. I took a bite and then decided that it might be nice to have a picture of it (whoops!). It was really good–you make it like a chiffon cake, but it has a texture that is more like a pound cake. It doesn’t taste olive oily at all which has not always been the case with olive oil desserts that I’ve had.
So it was a good birthday. Good friends, good food, and the best part is I came home and my sweet husband had cleaned EVERYTHING–the bathrooms, took out the trash, put things away, tidied the kitchen, and I had a lovely bunch of roses and this book which I’ve been reading on our outings to the bookstore.