The Ides of March have come and gone, and my blog remains recipe-less. In all honesty, I do have a new recipe coming up (rhyming with Branola), and the photos have been sitting in my drafts folder for weeks and weeks with a good few inches of dust over them. I promise. I will get to them. Soon.
Anyhoo, a quick update on what’s been happening (apart from Stella):
- a watercolour painting workshop by Naiise (with surprise encounters)
- lucky ticket wins
- a new mate after my own heart (it was meant to be)
- new glasses (that I never thought I’d ever wear)
and above all,
- an undercut. My punk side is emerging.
Anyway, in a bid to put on a façade that I am actively online, here are some scraps of the internet that I’ve pulled together into this meagre excuse for an article. Enjoy.
#1 This totally explains why I ended up with such a small nose.
#2 I strongly decry the traditional notion of hygge. This one’s better, and to everyone cooped up thanks to Stella: its for you.
#3 Lucky Peach hasn’t folded up yet, but I’m already crying thanks to this article. From laughter. And a teensy bit of sadness.
#4 This is probably the most legitimate and truthful clickbait. Ever.
#5 Pi Day is over, but it’s never too late to make pie (or watch kids eating them).
#6 Every recipe roundup isn’t complete without an ode to breakfast for dinner. Breakfastarians unite.
PS to everyone who’s got a snow day – y’all are so. Damn. Lucky.
I'm spending the last few hours of 2016 feeling pretty grouchy, largely due to this being the only post for December, that my stomach is feeling like a wrung-out rag, and that there's a weird itch on my right clavicle. I mean, one post? During the holidays? What on earth has been going on with you, Charlie? Didn't you write down reminders to post those recipes in all three planners?
Alright, so I did. But in my defense, I was busy. Completely and utterly preoccupied catching up on Game of Thrones (finally understand that it is possible for a kid to be a diabolical, psychopathic sadist), trying to clear up math sums and finish Pride and Prejudice (I'm grudgingly being won over by Mr Darcy). Oh, did I mention that I worked at Punch too?
Anyhoo, in a largely futile attempt to assuage my guilt over ignoring all three reminders to post, here's some other things I did this year from more productive times.
Lately, school's started for a couple of weeks now and I've been trying to get back to the usual routines of everyday life, amidst more work than ever before. It seems rather maudlin, of how I keep reminiscing about new york and comparing things here at home to those there (why can't we have more inexpensive almond milk?). Telling myself to put a lid on it doesn't help much when I keep seeing reminders of that trip here and there - the pair of toms by the door, the jar of halva spread in the kitchen.
The process of re-adjusting and re-adapting is akin to shifting in your seat - vaguely uncomfortable but bearable. After all, waking up half an hour earlier and not having the liberty to attend morning yoga classes is to a degree, crippling. But I'm getting there. I'm getting there.
These are some articles and links that are keeping me going. I hope you find them meaningful, interesting, or just plain entertaining.
#1 Tips for Keeping That Post-Vacation Feeling (Please do check this one out - it took me twenty minutes to find it!)
The momofuku cookies are gone, and the tub of Whole Foods' almond butter is nearly empty, but scrapbooking photos from the trip and journaling certainly do help. Having a photo of corners of new york as every single of your wallpapers certainly does, too.
#2 Sunday Routines by NYT
There's just something so magical about weekend mornings - finding out what Bill Nye does on his makes it even more so.
#3 Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree
This is why people subscribe to NYT, y'all.
#4 How to make the perfect salad
I've got this whole love-hate relationship with salads. Love the grain-based ones, hate Caesar (and not just because of shakespeare). This makes me love them a little more.
#5 20 Yummy Rice Bowl Recipes
(Rice) bowls are on the list too.
#6 Pumpkin biryani with pistachios
I've been packing lunches for school and this more than makes the cut, along with some tofu in a peanut-soy sauce.
#7 Chalkboard Mag
This site is definitely design-goals. It's become one of the first few sites I check up on every day.
#8 May-Jun Spotify Playlist
Good music for every occasion. Not the most creative title, but these are what I've been listening to for the past two months. (They're embedded in the side column of the home and recipe pages too psst)
To be continued.
Last November, when we lit that huge paper lantern in Taiwan, I wrote that I wished to have a momofuku milk bar birthday cake for by birthday. Well, I never did have that cake, but I did get some birthday cake truffles, which was pretty darn close.
In all honesty, it was completely unanticipated that I would be going back to New York (and on nearly the same dates!) a year later. Even with all the pestering and persuasion. No. Nada.
But New York, oh boy, she never fails to amaze. The charming mish-mash of old and new architecture - brick walls and fire escapes amidst glass panes and towering monuments, how many things a single supermarket can stock, that everyone has fabulous footwear. Even the deafening rattle of the subway grows on you.
It's been a week, and most of my photos have been uploaded, the suitcases unpacked, the prosaic of the everyday returned to. I can't help by feel an odd combination of yearning and disbelief that this long-awaited trip, is over.