It's over. Four years of institutional education culminated in a week-long span of exams. Deep breath in. Deep breath out. It's kind of surreal, innit?
The past week has been spent studying myself into oblivion - tossing myself headfirst into stacks of notes and trying, so, so hard, to memorize the different phases of cell development, reagents for a colorful range of reactions among other content from the three teetering stacks of notes beside my table. The notion that its all come to an abrupt halt is inconceivable, as if these subjects - hate or love them - have suddenly released their too-tight-its-painful clasp on me and "be free". I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
And in a (slightly unfortunate) turn of events, this week-long span has also inadvertently made the need for mindful eating ever more clear. I've become the solo orchestra member who produces a cacophony of sniffles, coughs and snorts in the near deathly silent examination hall, silent save the scratching of pens against paper. As such, granola, nuts and nut butters have been staved off (temporarily), in favor of anything my mother finds "cooling" and unbaked. I've been having to make do with jam on pancakes (instead of the usual cashew butter) and coconut sprinkled on my oatmeal.
Lesson learnt. Watch out on what you're doing, and especially eating, before exams, for fear of being a social nuisance under exam conditions.
And when in pursuit of a recipe that's got little to do with racking up hacking coughs, this one fits the bill perfectly. Its the thing for cold weather, for feeling better, and to get better, too. A barley porridge, chewy and with a mild sweetness to its flavor complemented with the mellowness of the pear. If you'd like softer or smoother pear chunks, either peel the pear prior to poaching, or let it go for a longer period of time. I always love how poaching pear (and other fruit) seems to accentuate its inner flavors, and simultaneously infuse it with spice-ry richness. The little studs of pomegranate arils add a punch to it - both in the visual and gustatory sense. Trust me, getting down to disembowel that pomegranate is worth your while.
Barley Porridge with Poached Pear
time taken: 40 minutes / Standing time: 30 minutes / Prep time: 10 minutes
makes: 2 bowls
This post was created in collaboration with Lululemon Singapore on the theme of mindfulness.
To be Continued.