Michelle Dortignac and I love Ethiopian food. We’ve even learned to make a few of our favorite recipes. One of the key ingredients in Ethiopian cooking is a spiced ghee called Niter Kibbeh.
As you may know, ghee is clarified butter; heated and then the milk solids skimmed off leaving just the pure butter fat.￼ Niter Kibbeh is made by further simmering the ghee with a blend of spices to infuse their additional flavor into the butter fat.
Our recipe for Niter Kibbeh adds minced garlic, grated ginger, chopped onion, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, fenugreek, cumin, kalonji (nigella), cinnamon, and clove. ￼
The ghee is simmered with these ingredients for about 30 minutes and then strained through a sieve or cheesecloth, resulting in a golden spiced butter fat that is smooth, rich, aromatic, and divinely delicious.
￼We are having a new friend from here in Lancaster for dinner tonight, and we will be making Misir Wat, a spiced red lentil stew, and Atakilt Wat, a cabbage, potato and carrot dish. ￼￼
We have not yet mastered the making of Injera bread, the flat pancake with which you eat this cuisine. So we will be ordering some from a local Ethiopian restaurant for today.
￼That’s what’s cooking in Kenny and Michelle’s kitchen, on this Ophelia induced rainy day!
Current mood in the yoga studio and clubhouse loft.
Michelle is away in St. Cloud, Minnesota leading a teacher training, so I’m just chilling with the colored lights and groovin’ music￼￼￼. @unnataaerialyoga @michelle_unnata #unnatayoga #aerialyogastudio #unnatayoga #lancasteryoga #lancasterpa
First hang on the new rig! We just completed the installation of Michelle‘s new aerial yoga rig here at our new home!
This is what all of this renovation has been about; to make a fabulous aerial yoga space inside of this old house. ￼￼￼
We’ve been planning this for quite some time, in fact our whole search for a home here in Lancaster was predicated on finding a place where we could make some thing like this happen. ￼￼
Next project will be redoing the floors; here in the yoga room as well as the bedroom and office on this level. Starting immediately, we will be taking out the carpeting, and then having the floor either refinished or replaced with some nice engineered vinyl laminate planks. And then all the rooms need to be painted.
￼Huge thank you to Scott Fisher and Bill Auld for insights and guidance on the rigging. Also big thank you to Rich Morse at Renovation Lancaster for the ceiling removal, and installation of the radiant barrier and attic fan.
Removal of ceiling in yoga room project is now complete. The contractor trimmed out the joists with pine planks removed from the floor above. Aluminum pipe for aerial yoga rigging to be installed next. @michelle_unnata @unnataaerialyoga #cathedralceiling #yogaroom #renovation #preservation #customwoodwork #woodworking #pinewood #restoration #interiordesign
Adding some height to the yoga room in our new house! We are having the ceiling removed above the yoga room, opening up into half of the attic. This will give enough room for us to build a pipe truss above the joists, for Michelle to rig off of for aerial yoga classes.
The other half of the attic will become a loft/clubhouse overlooking the yoga room below.
Wowsers! Today marks 22 years of marriage for Michelle and me! Tonight we’re going to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant, located just around the corner from our house! Yay! ￼I love you honey! @michelle_unnata
￼Say hello to this cute little visitor we saw in the backyard of our new home here in Lancaster!
It’s a baby opossum, a common local animal seen here. They eat tons of ticks and help prevent Lyme disease in Pennsylvania!
(From Lancaster Online):
Here are a few other amazing factoids about the largest member of the marsupial family in the Western Hemisphere:
They have a near immunity to rabies.
They can`t be harmed by the bites of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and other pit vipers.
They have been around since the time of T-Rex and likely ate dinosaur eggs.
Early settlers in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia described them as "beast in bigness of a pig and in taste alike."
When threatened they will involuntarily faint, seemingly dead. At the same time, they release the smell of a dead or sick animal. Their lips roll back, baring their teeth and saliva foams from their mouths. They may remain like this from a few minutes to four hours.
They do not hang by their tails, as sometimes erroneously depicted.
Holy crap! Michelle and I have already found our new home here in Lancaster! We are now in contract for this absolutely cute house in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Lancaster!
More details and pix to come, but here are a few teaser shots for now. I’ll post more in the comments below.
We are beyond exhausted from this process, but very excited to make our new home here. Cannot wait to have everyone over — we’ll have plenty of extra room for guests. . @michelle_unnata #lancaster #pennsylvania #newcity #newhome
Ljubljana Castle soaring up there above downtown Ljubljana. Originally a medieval fortress, it was constructed in the 11th century, and was rebuilt and overhauled in the 12th and 15th centuries. @michelle_unnata @unnataaerialyoga #ljubljana #ljubljanacastle #slovenia
A bit cloudy today, but beauty abounds nevertheless. We’ll probably do a river cruise after lunch. With @michelle_unnata @unnataaerialyoga #ljubljana #slovenia #citycenter #unnataaerialyoga #nostresscenter
Adios Ciudad Real! @michelle_unnata and I are now heading from Ciudad Real to Ljubljana, Slovenia! Michelle just taught a level 2 Unnata teacher training here, and she’s leading another one in Ljubljana this week. @unnataaerialyoga #yogasadhana #ciudadreal #spain #madrid #ljubljana #slovenia #unnataaerialyoga #unnata #nostresscenter #unnatayoga