Today I’m seated in the spacious living room of our new apartment, facing the balcony which gives way to a new view, one which is part tall apartment buildings and part greenery and brilliant blue skies.
It’s a view that I’m already growing to like very much.
In this new neighborhood, also known as “Las Canitas”, one in which we only moved into this weekend, we’re still exploring the streets, where plenty of pretty bars, cafes and restaurants have set up residence over the past decade.
I’m in love with the fact that we’re located along a street that is both residential and peaceful, yet just one block away, we have all the nice restaurants for brunch, lunch or dinner within our reach.
Most of all, I’m just enjoying the fact that it’s a place of our own, albeit one that came fully furnished, and there is little we have to do to decorate it, except for the large wide table that we placed in the balcony and two foldable chairs that make the balcony our new favorite brunch venue.
Sunday morning, we whipped up a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and toasted whole wheat bread with nuts and seeds; along with a couple of slices of ham and cheese, and fresh orange juice. Then we sat at the table in our new balcony, eating our breakfast and daydreaming with the pretty blue sky facing us.
From where we’re situated, we can see a partial view of the polo court on the left; and with this view for breakfast, it’s pretty darn awesome.
We left the music playing on the computer in the living room, and as we sat in our chairs, leaning back to a relaxing Sunday morning, it felt completely beautiful.
I remember being this happy a long time ago too; when I was just a little girl and my mum would take me and my siblings to the supermarket, we were given choices to choose snacks we wanted. One of my absolute favorite snacks would be those crispy apple chips that came in an air-tight packet, and the moment we’d paid for the apple chips, I’d tear the packet open.
The smell that burst forth from the packet was heavenly.
The sweet smell of natural apples would fill my little face, and my chubby fingers would reach right into the packet, grabbing a handful of apple chips that were crispy and flavorful and so amazingly good. They were downright addictive, and handful after handful I’d gobble them up, until there was nothing left to share.
These chips, if you haven’t already tried them, are ridiculously easy to make.
All you require is a couple of red (or green) apples, sliced almost paper-thin. Once the slicing is done (which is probably the toughest part), all that’s left to do is to leave them to bake in the oven, go off and do whatever else needs to be done, and check on them after a couple of hours. You flip the chips over, rotate the trays, and return them for another hour until the chips have turned slightly curly and golden and so wonderfully crispy.
Then savor them as well as you can.
I wish you happiness too.
CRISPY APPLE CHIPS (Makes 2 large tray)
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
1) 2 red apples (either Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Honey Crisp)
1) Pre-heat oven to 100 deg celcius
2) Wash and slice the apples as thin as you possibly can (either with a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer)
3) Line two baking sheets with silicon baking mats (I prefer silicon baking mats to baking paper because the chips don’t stick so much)
4) Arrange apple slices on the silicon baking mats, and bake for around 2 hours, then flip them once and rotate the trays
5) Continue baking the apple slices for another one hour until all the chips are crispy