Just a few hours after sitting across a plate of chicken molé with a new friend, chatting about the prime role of the kitchen in the home, he was standing in my decades-old-but-new-to-me kitchen admiring my hours-old spice wall.
We had both recently moved and, in the process, had recently shaken up our spices.
“Smoked paprika? That sounds interesting,” He said.
The following weekend, he was back in my newly spiced-up kitchen, bringing down a giant jar of lentils from the top shelf.
“I’ve never lentil-ed before,” He joked as he admired the simple beauty of the vast array of dried goods standing atop my kitchen cabinets.
Soon he was adding a healthy dose of smoked paprika to the pot of simmering lentils. I created a soft bed of spinach on our plates, topped with spicy spelt and a sprinkle of smoked gouda — a delicious foundation for the smoked paprika lentils.
And so, my humble little decades-old apartment became known as
The Paprika Palace.
About the People
I’m Melinda. I have an undergrad degree in Art (Studio Art and Graphic Design) and taught preschool-8th grade art for many years.
I went back to school to study the science of creativity at the graduate level. From there, I entered the corporate world, creating visual notes for meetings and events for a variety of companies. Check out my website OneSquigglyLine.com.
I have no formal training in the culinary world and have never been good at following recipes. While it’s far more fun to cook without a recipe, it becomes more challenging to recreate a dish.
At the brilliant prompting of my husband, I started writing down my culinary experiments. Now, my computer usually accompanies me in the kitchen so I can document what went into that Decadent Chocolate Berry Desert and easily share it with you.
A few random facts about the residents of The Paprika Palace:
About The Paprika Palace
My husband and I live in a small San Francisco home with our sweet tabby. Although small, our home is a peaceful oasis in the heart of a busy city. Not due to chance or luck. We intentionally created it that way!
Instead of living in a bigger home with a hectic commute, our small space allows my husband to walk to work.
His commute now consists of healthy, stress-relieving exercise instead of crazy traffic, stressful parking, and the random vandalism that can happen to a car parked on the street.
Plus, I can easily meet him for a walk during his break when I’m working from home. How fun is that?!?! With his 12 hour workdays, there’s no way he’d want to exercise after work or get up even earlier to fit it in then.
Also, on the few occasions when it’s really blustery out, we’ve determined it’s safer to be on the sidewalk than the slippery road!
About The Keys to the Kingdom
The five Keys to the Kingdom helped to create this peaceful, low-stress way of living for us.
We hope they can do the same for you!
These five keys guide the decisions and activities of The Paprika Palace, including cooking, shopping, and overall organization.
They can also serve as goals, perhaps in areas that are out of balance or in need of more attention. Learn more…
Thanks for stopping by!
If you’re new here, check out the Start Here page. There you will learn about the Keys to the Kingdom, which are the guiding principles of The Paprika Palace. Or check out the Home page for a basic overview and a peek into the three main pillars of The Paprika Palace:
- Healthy Foods (Keeping your Kitchen Well-Stocked),
- Simplified Shopping (Grocery Lists by store, with links for online shopping coming soon), and
- Quick and Easy Recipes (Things you can easily make if you keep your kitchen stocked with items from The Paprika Palace Grocery Lists).
If you’re wondering about cost, take a look at the Let’s Talk Money page. There you will find monthly grocery spending reports, with itemized lists so you can see exactly what we spend on groceries, including what and where we buy things. And While Things Cook, brighten your mood, pique your curiosity or learn something new on the Just for Fun page.