So… summer is officially over for me. I went back to school (read: work) this week.
It went by so fast. I swear… I took a nap, and then when I woke up, summer was gone. What. Is. Going. On?!
I don’t even think I took a long nap. The evidence? I’m constantly sleepy and tired now. I wouldn’t be had I taken a long enough nap.
Does anybody else feel the same way?
What I need is some party to rejuvenate my tired bones. To refresh my eyes. To reawaken my soul. To reinvigorate my spirit…
Hey! Thankfully, there’s Fiesta Friday, hurray! And this week, Effie @ Food Daydreaming and Steffi @ Ginger & Bread are your co-hosts.
It’s The Effie & Steffi Show!! Seriously, it’s going to be off the hook!! You need to come and join!!
And now… outstanding posts from last week are:
Lebanese Inspired Marinated and Roasted Chickpeas and Potatoes from Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
Lebanese-Inspired Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas from Loretta @ Safari of the Mind
“This one is personal…It was lovely for me to see Loretta’s and Jhuls’ posts, cooking mine and then Selma’s recipe; once again, it shows our community, and sharing, and how our food experiences move around the world… ” — Elaine
“This dish will be very famous forever. I made the dish myself (both Elaine’s and Selma’s) and both are so insanely good. I could see from Loretta’s version that it has more sauce and I would love, love to dive into the pan and polish off everything 😀 ” — Jhuls
“I second both Elaine and Jhuls on this one. I tried the roasted chicken and my family gave it a resounding approval. It’s bound to be a repeat for many, many dinners! Such an excellent, five-star recipe! I encourage you all to give it a try” — Angie
Rhubarb Crabapple Ketchup from Hilda @ Along The Grapevine
“I grew up knowing only Banana and Tomato Ketchup. I don’t know that such ketchup like Hilda’s Rhubarb Crabapple Ketchup could ever exist. I could almost imagine the amazing flavors. I wish she could send me a bottle 😀 ” — Jhuls
“As always, Hilda inspires us by presenting a recipe using lesser-known or seldom-used ingredients. Apple ketchup actually sounds even more delicious than regular ketchup!” — Angie
Flower Bread from Sarah @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed
“This flower loaf is stunning; the step by step photos are so interesting, as well as useful, and the outcome is amazing. I wouldn’t want to cut it!!” — Elaine
“I would lacquer it and tack it to my wall, if I ever make this! That’s what I would do. Isn’t it a piece of art?” — Angie
Magdalenas by Linda @ La Petite Panière
“I always, always admire Linda’s talent – bread-making, sweets, savoury dishes – you name it! These Magdalenas look really fluffy and delicious and so perfect for my morning tea. You know what? They are perfect anytime of the day.” — Jhuls
“These are like muffins and like madeleines. They’re muffin madeleines. Actually, they have a name, Magdalenas. Aren’t they pretty?” —Angie
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Wow! I am so happy to be featured!! Thank you, Elaine and Angie! This means a lot to me. xx
Angie, time flies so fast. It’s really crazy how this is happening. So glad you enjoyed the summer still. Happy FF and I am ready for the Effie and Steffi show. 😀
I showed your post to my daughter and she wants me to make it this weekend for her. She’s the almost-vegetarian. She eats meat but not much. She enjoys veggies more than meat. So I’m hoping I’ll be a good mom this weekend and make it for her! Time flies, Jhuls. I blinked and my summer break was gone! 😀
Yay! I hope she likes it. 😀
Elaine @ foodbod says
I hope your daughter likes it xx
Food Daydreaming says
Yep, I’m making your version on the weekend too, Jhuls! It looks so flavourful, inviting and well, there’s no meat! It’s a great recipe and post that has a lot of meaning for a lot of people.
I feel sleepy and tired during class cause entire summer I slept late and woke up late. I just can’t get up because of that..XD
Lol, I feel like talking to a kindred spirit. I was yawning all day yesterday at work! So embarrassing! 😀
Sorry to hear you are back to work and feeling tired, but hey, at least it’s Friday! Hopefully it will get better as you get back in the swing of things and hey, in the meantime there are at least lots of tasty features to drool over and I am sure there will be some more good recipes added this week too 🙂
I’m so glad it’s Friday and it’s actually a 3-day weekend, yay! Maybe I can now cook properly, like maybe I can make your Assam laksa for instance. I really want to try it.
Let me know if you do, I’d love to hear what you think of it! Yes 3 day weekend is great, although less so for me as means more running around after a toddler which is a little tricky right now…hopefully I can pity my husband into helping lots 🙂
Oh I remember those days as SAHM when my kids were little. Believe it or not, work is easier. Much easier!! You have my sympathy, lol! Hopefully you’ll have the husband’s sympathy, too. 😀
Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed says
What a lovely surprise, thanks for featuring my Flower Bread Elaine & Angie, it’s really made my day x
It’s a masterpiece! I’m saving your recipe and hoping one of these days I’ll have the courage to give it a try 🙂
Aww, thanks to Elaine, Jhuls and Angie for the feature. It was really odd how both Jhuls and I decided to feature Elaine/Selma’s recipe on the Lebanese Inspired dish. It truly does show that Selma’s spirit lives on and is always present at these special FF occasions. Thank you ladies, I do appreciate the feature. Good luck in the new school year Angie, I hope you have the day off today for the long weekend. Happy Labor Day ya’ll. 🙂
It feels good to feature the special recipe, Loretta. I hope it’ll encourage people to continue to visit Selma’s blog. She has so many great recipes. I still have to show up to work today, but Monday is off. Happy weekend and Labor Day!
Chef Julianna made the same dish the same week. 🙂 It’s really lovely how we are thinking of the same thing to make. xx
Elaine @ foodbod says
Elaine @ foodbod says
So lovely to see Jhuls and Lorettas posts, thank you for featuring them 🙂 and I feel your pain, Ben goes back to school on Monday and I’ll miss him like mad xx
I hope to make at least the chickpeas and potatoes this weekend, maybe even the chicken too. I did make the chicken once but without harissa. Looking forward to trying it with all the recommended ingredients. And I know how you feel about missing Ben. It’s nice having someone around the house at all times even if you’re not exactly doing things together. Thats probably why I love road trips. Everybody is forced to be in one car together, lol!
Elaine @ foodbod says
I hope you enjoy the dish 🙂
I think Ben is at such a lovely age, he’s really good company, but then I think he’s been great at every age, so far! During holiday time he reverts to being ‘my Ben’, when school kicks in that usually changes a bit…we’ll see!
Have a good weekend xx
Thanks, Elaine!! xx
Hi Angie – I just realized I called Steffi Ginger at the end of my post. I corrected it on my end – is there anyway to correct the pingback? Thanks if so… Looks like I need to make that chicken dish of Selma’s as everyone seems to love it 🙂
No worries, Auntie! I’m happy either way 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you’ve brought along …
Thanks Steffi – Auntie, Granny, Juju or Judi is all good for me ha!ha!
Elaine @ foodbod says
I think I will start with Selma’s recipe and go from there…
Looks like the pingback corrected itself. It mentions Steffi. But she’s happy with either name 🙂 You have to try that chicken dish! So easy and so good!
Sarah 'n Spice says
Great features! I need to try those chickpeas ASAP! I feel your pain! I need a nice long nap to recoup from summer! But, I am excited for the long weekend and fall food 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
Me, too! I’m excited about all things apples and pumpkins! I didn’t do enough of either last year. I’m not going to make the same mistake this year 😀
Hi Angie, I’ve finally made it to the party (after a long day at Legoland – don’t ask!). Wonderful features, those chickpeas are smiling at me from a distance as my family, unlike yours, will not give up on the meat. Although my son had a Vegetarian phase following a school trip to the local Hindu temple. Alsa, it only lasted a few hours. Once he realised that sausages are not a vegetable he gave up again …
I’ll better grab a drink and start partying!
Why are you complaining? I’d rather be at Legoland than at work 🙂 I wonder if it has a different theme over there.
Only my daughter is open to veggie eating. Not my son or the hubster! They want meat, meat, meat, and then some more meat!! It’s like so gross, right? Except more than half of the time I’m with them, lol. I don’t know where my daughter gets it from; she really loves vegetables!
I sometimes manage to smuggle in a few vegetarian days, but then the bloodlust boils up and I have to make up for it 😉
Hahah…that sounds so much like what I do! 😀
Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says
Woohoo! I’m so happy to be back at FF – even if it’s somewhat intermittent still!
Loving those chickpeas, gotta try that!
YAY!!! You’re back!! So great to have you!! And before you know it, you’ll be hosting Fiesta Friday. At least that’s what I’m hoping. That you’ll be willing. Just let me know when you feel like it 🙂
A friend of mine posted the same words- she’s back to school! 🙂 of course she means her children, but often parents do homework too 😀
What a lovely recipes, especially I love the bread! looks awesome!
Oh yah, I know that fully well. I already had my homework last night. A bunch of papers to fill out and sign. But it’s all good! I can’t complain, especially since I also work in a school 😀
Oh, are you a teacher, Angie??
No, I’m an instructional assistant. I help teachers, and students of course.
Phew! I made it to this week’s FF! (After telling Jhuls that I was motivated to linkup last week since she was co-hosting, and failing with my experiments…Lol) Have a great Labor Day weekend Angie!! 🙂
Failed experiments often teach us more than the successful ones. Feel free to share them with us, too! So glad you made it to the party! XOXO
Well,then I am learning a lot! Probably half way through a ‘Ph.D in ‘failures in the kitchen’
I am glad too… It is so much fun interacting with all these beautiful bloggers! 🙂 hope you are enjoying the long weekend! xoxo
Thank you very much Angie, Elaine and Jhuls! I am extremely happy & honored to have been selected, especially by my favorite ladies 😀 Angie, I couldn’t agree more with you, summer has flown by way to quickly this year, but they say sleep is for the weak right? Especially with our weekly fiestas 😉 Have a lovely weekend & good luck with the new school year 🙂
You’re right, sleep is for the weak. Who has time to sleep really? Besides, if you snooze, you lose 😀 We were all happy to feature your pretty Magdalenas. Something new I’d love to try! XOXO
Thanks so much Angie and Elaine for featuring my ketchup. I was so surprised but pleased to see it this morning. As usual I am a little late coming to the party, but so happy I made it. Angie, I hope you recover from your summer fatigue soon and have a wonderful term back at school.
I’m slowly adjusting to my fall schedule, Hilda, and actually starting to enjoy the more structured days. Your ketchup is not only unique but sounds really delicious! You should consider selling it 🙂
Food Daydreaming says
What a great recipe collection, Angie, you girls chose really well! And I can’t wait for the round-up for this week, it’s going to be awesome 🙂
So glad you gave it your seal of approval! Can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to have you co-host! 🙂
I so know that tired feeling, I was wanting another nap after lunch, I had one yesterday and I said to myself “you are not two years old anymore, you DO NOT need to nap after lunch” lol….I think one starts to get used to it and I simply do NOT have time to nap, though I wish I did. We need a good dose of Vit D or something more exciting hey? grinz xxx
Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons says
I get it Angie, summer cooking doesn’t seem like much and it’s too hot to cook anything fancy. Plus I think we naturally want light and simple things in the summer months.
Hopefully the weather will turn soon, Liz. I’m itching to start baking something 🙂