Chamisa at Zirkus DesignArizona, US
Hi! I'm Chamisa, a creator of vibrant patterns, lovely illustrations, and playful hand lettering. I also love to read, hike, drink coffee, bake dessert, and travel the world with my family.
Recipes By Chamisa at Zirkus Design
In the summer, I love to eat salads of all kinds. This pasta salad is really just a salad with pasta on it instead of a traditional mayo or vinaigrette-based pasta salad. Sometimes I make my own dressing and croutons, and sometimes they're store-bought. Anyway you toss it, this salad's a summertime specialty!
All the best picnics I've been on have the same three ingredients - my favorite people, amazing views, and delicious food.
This scene depicts a typical picnic at this stage in my life - munching on a spread of olives, pita chips, hummus, veggies, almonds and cookies with my husband and three boys while taking in views of whatever beautiful mountain trail we happen to be hiking. Don't forget to wash it down with some summit seltzer and snap a few pics to remember the feast!
My entry for the Handpicked Picnic Challenge 🌄
Who doesn't love Italian coffee and treats?!
This design features a few of my favorites: Gelato, Biscotti, Latte, Macchiato, Cappucino, Mocaccino, Espresso Doppio, Pizzelle, Caffe Romano, Bomboloni, Affgogato al Caffe, Caffe Shakerato, Torta Caprese...
Time to book my next trip to Italy!
Rita is my good friend's mom. She's Armenian, but she grew up in Iran. Every time I visit her, she cooks the most amazing food like this Indian Red Lentil Dal. On one visit, I begged her to teach me how to make this dish. She was delighted I had asked - but she didn't actually have a recipe to give me. She makes everything from memory and seasons according to taste. Rita showed me how to cook this red lentil dal while I took furious notes. I later worked out the quantities and perfected my own take on her recipe. This Armenian-Persian-Indian dish is one of my family's favorites. Serve with saffron basmati rice (with tadig if you can manage) and a generous dollop of plain yogurt.
Fave Memory : We traveled to Tuscany in the summer of 2013. During our stay at a rural villa, we celebrated my youngest son's first birthday. My oldest son and I took a cooking class with the owner of the villa. Together, we chopped vegetables, browned beef, and simmered a rich Tuscan ragu sauce with red wine. As the flavors of the simmering sauce wafted up from the stove, our host cracked fresh eggs from her own hens to work into piles of super soft 00 flour. The dough stuck to our fingers as we formed nests of fresh tagliatelle noodles and assembled little pillows of spinach ravioli. We ate our family feast al fresco under the warm Italian sunshine, celebrating our youngest, devouring the rich tomato sauce with hints of sweet carrot and savory celery, twirling and slurping tender al dente noodles, and sipping incredible local red wine. As we neared the end of this amazing meal, our host appeared bearing an enormous homemade cheesecake slathered with strawberry jam. She wanted to contribute to our family celebration, so she baked this cheesecake before even meeting us. That day, we not only made our own Tuscan feast, but we also made a friend. Claudia, we will remember you always!