Today’s recipe is one I’ve had in my back pocket for quite some time. It’s inspired by my favorite veggie burger of all time – The Hemp and Greens Burger – from Hilary’s Eat Well. The two recipes aren’t exactly the same, but the millet-y, fritter-y goodness is definitely there. I’ve made this version with chickpea flour as a binder, which works amazingly at holding these little fritters together. Plus, it’s added protein AND it’s gluten-free. It’s a win-win!
Before writing this, I just read a post by Jessie of Faring Well, where she talked about her new home in California and what it means to her. It got me thinking about the concept of home, and what it means to have a home. Because of my health issues, I had to quit my job and move back to my parents’ house. Of course, I’m very grateful that they allowed me to do so, and that they have the means to help support me as I go through my recovery. But my view of this house as “home” is a complicated one. I mean, I grew up here – this is where I went through every major and minor event of my childhood and adolescence. But after having been gone for three years then coming back, it feels different. The hardest part is not having full autonomy over the kitchen. Some days I’ll want to work on a recipe, and I’ll find my mom already there using up the countertop. Or I’ll find the pan I need is dirty in the dishwasher. And yes, I know these are serious first world problems (and I feel a little guilty even bringing them up), but I just so miss being the only one in the kitchen.
But as I’ve thought about these problems, I’ve realized that these are really minor obstacles in the grander scheme of things. And that a home is what you make of it. It may not be perfect, or what you exactly want at the time, but it’s what you’ve got – for better or for worse. Having a safe place to go to at the end of the day is a luxury, one that is denied to many people. It’s so important to keep that in mind, and to constantly count your blessings instead of tallying up inconveniences. It’s a lesson that I am still learning.
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