After reading this article, I started to mumble a lot (more than usual) over the very human habit of accumulating stuff. And although I have always thought I am pretty good at not doing it, reality tells me differently. The simplifier and the wonderluster that are in me are constantly challenged by this instinct to be surrounded by objects which somehow make life easier but that are not essential in any way. I could have lived without those enamel dishes, or without reading lamps or pile blankets or a bread bag. I could, but I chose not to.
Eventually, I realised that there has to be a balance, a fragile yet important balance, between feeling constantly precarious and having so much stuff that moving becomes impossible. It is up to us to find it, as there is no single answer to the issue. As it happens, a home that feels like home rather than a temporary accommodation might require pillows, a comfy blanket, and some extra kitchen appliances that will enable cooking a dinner for some friends on the right occasion. I decided that I won’t give up these small things for fear that they will hold me down. I decided that as soon as I feel it’s getting too much, I’ll get rid of all the excess. I decided I don’t want to be a slave of objects nor to fear them. I decided that I decide.
We recently bought a good blender, and we have been using it for many purposes, but perhaps the most satisfying use is making almond milk from scratch, which results in a fair dose of leftover almond pulp that can be turned into our new favorite spread, almond hummus. We have been enjoying this almond hummus on toast or crackers as a starter or snack, or in some tasty sandwiches. It can even be used as a dip to eat with pita chips as part of a potluck dinner or a picnic –it’s almost that time of the year.
about 1 cup almond pulp, leftover from making almond milk*
2 tbsp tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp sesame seeds
* Almond milk made with 1 cup of soaked, blanched whole almonds for 4 cups of pure water, blended until smooth, and drained with a colander (or a nut milk bag)