Once again, its been nearly a month since I've been here. What has happened to February?
In all honesty, I admit, I HAVE in fact, been busy, what with working on schoolwork, friendships and other pet projects. And I am, in fact, still pre-occupied. But no worries, it's not all stress-inducing and brain-aneurysm triggering - I did enjoy myself too - though there were moments where I really wanted to have a total Wreck-It Ralph moment.
So here's the lowdown on cool things that I did / happened to me this month:
- caught deadpool two hours before v-day
- ended boarding school
- went out for dinner with a friend
- went out some more
- had convos with strangers
- have my usual soy-mocha-half-shot order remembered by my favorite eateries
- celebrated dad's hatchday (I ordered the cake!)
- survived chinese new year
- realized that my lexile score did NOT drop though Kinokuniya is not receiving business from moi YES
Speaking of one of the most commercialized holidays out there, I recall this conversation on Valentine's from a couple years (back when I was still a clueless dolt), that roughly went something like this:
(You'll probably have a good laugh over it - I hope)
Friend: Do you know what day it is today?
Me: What? Your birthday?
Friend: No. It starts with v.
Me: Voodoo Doll day?
* this conversation has been edited for all grammatical and spelling inaccuracies, considering how it took place over text and when autocorrect was non-existent.
Come to think of it, I probably - scratch that, definitely - have exasperated the hell out of my friend, who has thankfully, put up with everything.
This recipe, much like my realization that it was valentine's that day years ago, has been much delayed. No worries, it's not TOO late, despite having been resting in the wings for many a day. Barley porridges are still good for all weather and moods, be it stormy and volatile or sunny and bright.
I originally made this with the intent of using up the remaining kumquats which have been occupying fridge-space for too long and due to be evicted. And of course, an excuse to get myself to cook barley, which is the best part - chewy, whole - everything breakfast should be. Using winter melons not only adds that light touch of sweetness, but also the soft, jelly-like bits that you find as you eat your way through.
Happy February, everyone.
Barley Porridge with Kumquats
time taken 30-40 minutes
makes 1 bowl
To be continued.
I have officially lost the right to put '14' on my profile bios.
(Yes, Happy Fifteenth Charlie!)
I have neither experienced that proverbial and oft described as "sudden swooshing sensation" upon waking up - aka maturity setting in - nor woken up all bouncy and bright like I did a decade ago. Rather, it was more of a wake-up-at-five-due-to-insomnia and message-friend-also-suffering-from-insomnia before having the oh-its-my-birthday kinda morning.
It's strange, really, to think that I used to be all too eager to shoot up, and now, I'm bemoaning my loss of youth and dreading the appearance of crow lines (okay, I kid about the latter statement). Or the current moaning and groaning over needing to be taller when I used to despise being the head that stuck out from the sea of heads in class...
The year rolls round, as it always and inevitably does. And again, it's the lunar new year.
I've been as busy as ever in the past few days working, writing and wondering what I intend to achieve for everything done. As such, I think that the next five days of respite - they're well-deserved.
When I was younger, pigtails were tied and cheongsams worn on Chinese New Year. Now, well, not so. Despite that, some things remain unchanged - such as having annual gatherings, too much buttery snacks and chinese tea to wash it down. And some things, they never change - too many photographs, me grimacing rather than smiling, as well as this much-needed hiatus from school.
And like any other festival, it's celebrated with flavors of the season. This time - oranges. I've got it bad, I think, for those little mandarin oranges which erupt into little bursts of citrusy-sweet juice with every bite. We've got a bag residing in the fridge, not to mention a basket by the door for exchanging, as well as red packets to go with them.
This list of recipes have oranges as a primary ingredient (well, for the most part), and very ingenious they are too. I can only hope you do make one (or more) of them.
By Yours Truly...
01. Orange-Rum Gingerbread Pancakes / 02. Carrot-Orange Porridge with Pecan Date Streusel / 03. Upside-Down Orange Cake for One / 04. Orange Ginger Rhubarb on Custard Porridge / 05. Orange-Coconut Chiffon Cake / 06. Steamed Grapefruit Oatmeal with Cinnamon Anise Syrup *this can be swapped for orange, if wished
by Them uBER-tALENTED bLOGGALS...
01. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (by Two Red Bowls) / 02. Salted Duck Egg Cookies (by Lady and Pups) / 03. Chocolate Orange Cake with Rosemary (by Oatgasm) / 04. Crispy Cornmeal Pancakes with Honey-Clementine Syrup (by I am a Food Blog) / 05. Chocolate Persimmon Tart à la Golubka (Green Kitchen Stories) / 06. marzipan + dark chocolate + orange rugelach (by my name is yeh)