Ennui

Hummus | www.kimchimom.comI ain’t gonna lie…I have been feeling tremendously unmotivated and uninspired these past few weeks. Perhaps you noticed my lack of activity on Twitter, Facebook, Sunday Supper…and my blog. I’ve been watching stuff like this…

OR reading stuff like this and really getting stressed out for the summer.

And while the kids are in school, I’ve been spending a lot of time here (skating, not driving the Zamboni)…

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I hit the “blogging blues”, but it just wasn’t about my blog. I felt I reached a plateau with a lot of things and I just couldn’t (and still can’t) figure out where to go next. I really wish I had someone (Jen!) to tell me what to do next. I take on something and hustle to make it work, but then there comes a point where I really don’t know where to go to take it to the next level.  So I retreat. What am I doing? Where am I going?

So what did I do?

I made hummus.

Once I made a mess in the kitchen, I felt OK again. Today I sat down and planned a list of posts for the next couple of months and prioritized a to-do list for the rest of the year. I’m crossing my fingers that this’ll keep me motivated for the next few months. And while we’re at it, can someone tell me where the school year went?

If you need a quick fix for a tasty dip or snack, then this hummus is perfect. This is all I have for now, but I have some good stuff in store for the summer! See you around on the interwebs!

Fast and Simple Hummus

Yields about 2 cups

Adapted from Saveur.com

1 15-ounce can of garbanzo (chickpeas) beans, drained
The juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
3 Tablespoons tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste)
1 large clove of garlic, roughly chopped
Salt
Olive Oil (optional)
Paprika (optional)

1 – In a food processor or blender, add beans and 1/2 cup of water (alternatively, you can add reserved bean liquid). Pulse until puréed.

2 – Add the remaining ingredients. Pulse and purée until smooth.

3 – Garnish with olive oil and paprika. Tastes even better the next day!

 

  • Miss Kim

    Hope you get over your “blogging blues” too cuz we love reading your posts. I’ve been blogging for three months now, and I’ve already started feeling that “uninspired” and “unmotivated” funk now and then. But I just get right back into it cuz it’s fun lol. I am sure there is going to be some newfound excitement coming your way ready to take you to the next level.

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Miss Kim! Your words alone are inspiring…thanks for the encouragement!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    I´m in the same spot Kim. I´m simply taking it slowly and posting when both the recipe and the writing come together. I made hummus last night too! It always makes me smile when I open my fridge and I can grab some.

    • kimchi_mom

      I guess we’re not alone! :-) “Taking” it slowly is a good piece of advice. I hope we all get re-energized soon!

  • Renee Dobbs

    Isn’t it great how a simple thing like making hummus can get you inspired and rejuvenated. The power of food and cooking. I think there are many of us bloggers going through a bit of spring fever or block or whatever you want to call it. Hang in there and keep cooking!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Renee! And here I thought I was all alone. My fellow bloggers who post daily never cease to amaze me! :-) I guess I have a lot on my mind these days. I’m trying to redefine/reassess my design career (read: income) as well. AND the whole mommy thing…I feel like my 5 yo is especially rambunctious and rebellious these days and I’m trying to figure out if it’s me or if this is a phase!

      Hmmm….maybe I DO need to really get back in the kitchen! :-)

  • Nancy

    FIrst off, how cool would it be to drive a zamboni?! You should try to make that happen. Second, I think there’s something going around in bloggerland because you’re not the first blogger to post these thoughts lately. It’s tough to stay motivated, especially when life gets in the way. I know that you’ll get inspired soon. And I love hummus – homemade kicks the butt of processed, yucky, storebought hummus any day!

    • kimchi_mom

      It would be soooo cool to drive a Zamboni. I think I need to get on that!

      Yeah, I’ve been plodding along at this blogging plateau for a while and need to really challenge myself whether it’s with the blog or with something else. We’ll see….

  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious

    Bucket list: Drive a Zamboni!
    One day at a time, one step at a time.
    Post when you WANT to, and have something to add.
    Never post out of guilt or fear or some other creepy emotion.
    We want the true you, when it suits YOU.

    • kimchi_mom

      THANK YOU for your words…I really needed to hear/read that! Sometimes I lose sight of why I started this blog and that’s when the joy dissipates.

      I’m slowly getting back on track….AND I think I REALLY do need to make this Zamboni thing happen! :-)

  • Alice Choi

    Amy,
    Thank you for the video . . loved listening to Jon Lovett. . and I LOVE the fact that you skate to decompress and relax/exercise. .
    Re: your blog and blogging blues: I love what everyone here has said. . esp Dorothy. Take one day at a time. Write/Post when you want to. I don’t know about you but I read/follow a lot of other blogs/people. . it’s easy to get caught up in comparing blogs or even just feeling overwhelmed. . I was posting everyday for a while b/c I felt I had to but I have stopped that and now I’m just doing it. Doing my own thing. And I’m not going to worry about anything else. Like you said, think back about why you started the blog and if you still want to do it (which I hope you do!), keep at it girl. I love your blog!

    And on a personal note, from one mother to another: the kids will always be rambunctious and rebellious. . you have to have something for YOU. to keep you sane, to help you be a better, happier mother. . if that’s blogging and cooking, keep doing it. Your kids will be fine. You love them. You’re a good mother. Maybe it’s just me, but I was feeling guilty about starting the blog, like I wasn’t being a good mother. . but then I realized I wouldn’t be happy unless I had something for myself, something I was proud of. . so – even though blogging and deadlines can be a little stressful sometimes, I still love it. BUT balance is KEY. I’m still learning this. .

    I hope you stay motivated and gain some clarity. . :) I need my KimchiMom so you’d better not go anywhere!

  • Joseph C. Kim

    Gotta love pita and hummus!

  • Sissi_Withaglass.com

    Amy, I think that all of us have a blogging blues from time to time… I regularly have doubts or/and lack of inspiration, feel that I don’t progress in cooking skills, photography, my English, etc. but after a certain time I start missing my blog so much, I feel I must continue. I am glad you are back and motivated again! I am a very recent visitor here, but I would miss you a lot if you stopped :-(

    What a wonderful recipe for a hot summer day! I love hummus so much! First of all, I think I am crazy for everything with sesame grains, but hummus is much more than that of course. Now that it’s hot, I often feel more like snacking than having a real evening meal, I must remember to make hummus more often.

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