by Eva Felis on May 12, 2014
I had been going back and forth about if and how to remodel my living room. The whole situation is a complex one, as in small or rather tiny. I needed to close an opening between two rooms to creating a proper office space but would create a living room in size of a shoebox on the other side of the wall. And who wants to climb over the sofa to cross the room? The solution is actually quite simple, if I put up a wall on one side, I need to remove another wall on the other side. First I convinced Mr. F about the imperative of this operation and then got cold feet and conscience about making such major changes to this almost a century old house. Confession: I am one of those girls, I start off with having trouble to make a decision and then change my mind every other minute. This one was a tough one, it took me some time, but we finally did it.
As I opened the front door last Monday afternoon, I was able to see all the way through from the future living room, dinning room and kitchen into the garden. Wow. Removing just a few feet of the wall changed the whole place. Although the transformation had just begun, I was impressed and stood there for a while with the door in the hand and my jaw on the ground. Finally I went over to the area where my couch will be situated and pretended to sit down. I ignored the fact that my sofa is actually standing upright in the kitchen to make space for the craftsmen. I walked into every corner and imagined how it is going to look like and how the rays of the sun are going to travel across the rooms. I poured myself a coffee and sat down on one of the kitchen chairs in the middle of the chaos with my mouth full, chewing a satisfying amount of chocolate. For a few moments I simply enjoyed my new house, even though a lot of work still needs to be done.
This was just a quick break in a day full of appointments, so I grabbed my camera and left the house again. I had to be in one of those high-rise office towers in Midtown Atlanta and I was already running a little late. Two hour later I was on the way down, as I saw my reflection in the specular surface of the elevator, the back of my dark pants covered with dust from the kitchen chair I sat down earlier. I guess this is how you should not present yourself to a client, luckily the pictures turned out well, I hope that counts enough.
This was just the first day of renovating, although I am not part of the handymen team, I suffer a little with them. All the dust drives me crazy and cooking is no fun with a sofa and several chairs in your way. And did I mention the dust?
Today is the first day I finally dare to cook again, there had been a lot of take out dinners and eating in bed lately (the little devil in me hoped those days will never end). I had dust flavored coffee and granola a la dust so far. But I got better in leaving the house without taking dust with me. It’s about time for something homemade, greenish and pasta because all this makes me happy.
- 80 g / 2.8 oz. kale, wash and dry
- 2 Tbsp. pine nuts, dry roasted in the pan
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- zest from ½ - 1 lemon
- 1½ Tbsp. capers
- 40 g / 1.4 oz. parmesan or pecorino cheese, grated
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt
- 60 ml / ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Add all but the olive oil to the bowl of your food processor and pulse until everything is very finely chopped.
- Add oil and chop a few more times.
- Serve with pasta, bread or potatoes...
- If you need to store leftover pesto, always top with some olive oil and keep refrigerated.