A Guide to (the art of) Forgetfulness
The holidays - they've arrived. They've settled in nicely and snugly (I hope).
But I'm not here to talk about the holidays, no, not today. Rather, I'm here on forgetfulness. The art of being absent-minded.
Like so many other things in my life, I view many things as art. Literature, contemporary art pieces, dinner, photographs. I see them as things which fulfill and enhance this life of mine. I find them enriching and a point which makes this existence so much more interesting. To jazz things up, if you wish.
But, why forgetfulness?
Why forgetfulness, which causes much frustration and tears? What makes it an art? (Are you delusional?) But don't forget, art makes this existence enriching and interesting, as I said earlier. (hence, I am far from delusional) Forgetfulness makes us who we are. It shapes us, makes us understand the human condition at a deeper level. It improves us, essentially.
My family's been pretty forgetful of late - to defrost the fish, to pay fees (*ahem*), to add baking powder, to switch on the rice cooker until dinner's almost ready. There's annoyance, definitely and always, but as I always say, let go and go with the flow / it's already over; nothing you can do about it.
So, for all you forgetful souls out there, I've made a simple guide on forgetfulness and how to go with the flow.
1. Realising that you / _____ forgot the ______.
- RELAX. It's already over. Take three, no, ten, deep breaths and reassure yourself mentally nothing too bad will happen. Say it out for added conviction. Clear your mind and think of a viable solution (it usually is retracing your steps #2).
2. Retracing steps and someone is blamed while you're at it.
- Okay, so you've managed not to bust your top. But to let out that steam, someone is nagged at for a prolonged duration of time. Please, if you're the person who's blaming the other soul, it's not helping (especially if he / she is the driver). If you're the one being blamed, plug your ears with invisible earplugs and proceed doing what you do.
3. Everything turns out fine. Problem solved.
I assume that all's well ends well, like in 90% of situations. Just remember, keep calm and carry on. Don't add on the the situation by nagging. It ain't helping.
For this, I was especially forgetful - omitting the baking powder until the last minute and having the oven's top rack on for the first five minutes of baking. But like I said, keep your head on (there's no point shrieking at 7:38am on Saturday morning) and find a solution. Solve for X. Easy. (to anyone who recognized the 'solve for X' TBBT reference, friends?)
This recipe's one that's easily adjustable, so here's some suggestions + things-to-note before scrolling on:
- If you're not a fan of cream cheese, and want an XXX heavy pumpkin flavor, go ahead an sub in the cream cheese with 2 tbsp puree + 1/2 tsp maple syrup. Add spice if you wish.
- I strongly encourage using baking paper for this one. It wasn't easy removing from the ramekin as it was slightly soft post-baking.
- LET IT COOL. Before removing.
That's all for now; ta-ta!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cup Baked Oatmeal
1/3 c oats
1/3 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon / pumpkin pie spice
3 tbsp cream cheese
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
2. In a bowl, sift oats, baking powder, spice and salt before stirring in the pumpkin puree, milk and maple syrup.
3. Place in a lined (or greased) ramekin and press down in the middle to form a 'cup'.
4. Combine cheese and maple syrup, and fill the pumpkin 'cup'.
5. Add the pumpkin puree on top and swirl.
6. Bake until solid - 20 - 25 mins. Serve and enjoy warm.
-to be continued-