Sunday, April 26, 2009

a little bit of spice

100_2737 We’ve made decisions on the paint colors finally, and our walls have little patches of color all over them from testing out the colors.  But our painting adventure is coming along pretty well.  I think we’re just exhausted from non-stop painting and lack of sleep!  It’s amazing how different colors look on a little swatch compared to when you get them on the wall.  We had a few ‘too bright’ surprises!

These next few weeks are going to be interesting, especially in the midst of painting, moving, finals and putting together a graduation/birthday party.  I am going to try to make the easiest things possible without resorting to the conveniences of eating out (well, as much as I can!).  That money can add up so quickly!  I have to say that I haven’t had much desire to cook (gasp!) with getting over being sick and all the craziness of this house thing.  It will be hard too when all the cooking utensils will be packed and we’ll be trying to get rid of all our food.  Bear with me!

Sometimes I wish I could afford to be a not-do-it-yourselfer.  We almost finished the downstairs and need to tackle a very high stair-case and most all of the upstairs. 

Taping is more than 1/2 the battle and takes up most of the time, especially since I am so darn meticulous with having straight lines.  But, they turned out pretty darn good!



I’m not sure what these colors will look like on your computer, but . . . This color is called greenfield pumpkin and is like a dark brownish, slightly orange-ish color.  (gotta get a new chandelier) 



Lots of cutting in and sore knees!  This color is called olivesheen, almost like a rich sage-y green.



This was interesting!  I still have to put the pumpkin in the alcove.



So far we have pretty much all the downstairs done (more than this photo), and need to start on the staircase and upstairs.  We also want to start the crown molding. 


You all know my love for spices because they impart such wonderful flavor without having to add extra calories.  I decided to play on the flavors of chicken shawarma with a simple yogurt-marinated grilled chicken and quinoa pilaf.  Super easy + good eats = extra yum!


Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

with a Quinoa Pilaf

For the marinade:

  • 1 cup non-fat yogurt (I used greek)
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • juice from one lemon
  • standard package of chicken tenders (1.25lbs)

Mix everything together in a zippy bag along with the chicken and marinate on the counter for 25 minutes.  Cook chicken on grill pan for about 3 minutes per side until charred and slightly firm.

For the Quinoa:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper and 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • garam masala, curry powder, garlic powder and cumin
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts

Sauté the bell pepper and zucchini in the oil until browned.  Add the quinoa and spices and let them get toasty.  Add the water along with the raisins, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.  Stir in the pine nuts.  Serve along side the chicken.  Yum!


Do you like to be a do-it-yourselfer, or do you prefer to have the professionals do it?


Gina said...

That salad looks so good, and I love your love of spices! My favorite spices are cummin, cayenne, and garlic powder. I'd like to one day have my own herb garden, that would be fun :)

Sweta said...

Great going with the painting.Looks like you've achieved quite a lot-the olivesheen looks great(on my comp)!
Loved the meal-tried quinoa uppma the other day and loved it.

Emily said...

Looks like some fun colors and a big painting job! Can't wait to see it when it's all done.

I'm a do-it-yourselfer...sometimes not by choice but sometimes because I just like doing everything myself the way I want to do it, haha.

Anonymous said...

Love the painting photos! That can be a lot of work! Good luck with the rest of your work!

Mo said...

We are do-it-yourselfers, but mostly because I am cheap. My husband usually wants to hire everything out.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! congrats on all the hard work painting AND another awesome recipe!

We are totally going to paint ourselves... but you are right, taping is pretty much the most tedious thing ever.

What kind of cheese ( white crumbles) did you put on yours? feta, gorgonzola ?

Thinspired said...

This is so exciting! Normally I'm a "hire a person" kind of girl, but I really like painting a room! Your colors look great...warm and welcoming but not too crazy!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Hi, just found your blog through Gina's and liked it a lot! :)
for your question: I'd always wanted to paint myself, but never had the chance yet (too lazy/busy)