The post-exam phase never fails to be punctuated by several bleary-eyed mornings and deviating from my usual wake-up time by half an hour; the by-product of being huddled in front of the laptop - occasionally with dad - having late night movie sessions. As of this day, the Grand Budapest Hotel never fails to amaze (as does Wes Anderson), The Pianist leaves behind stark impressions, and High Rise is plain depressing.
Anyway, back to early mornings! Breakfast at home is always a must (I've spent too much of my childhood dropping crumbs left right and center in my mum's car), and most mornings, its a bowl of oatmeal or pancakes, if I've got some stocked up in the freezer. But recently, the weather has been atrociously hot, and contrary to what some believe, yes, there IS a limit to how much bircher muesli and chia puddings that one can consume.
This leaves one answer, and one answer only: granola parfaits.
I received two boxes of cookies courtesy of Green Pea Cookie on monday. Green Pea Cookie is a company that not only shares my love for gif.s, but also specializes in puns and cookies made from, well, green PEAS. Besides tasting like everything a proper cookie should (creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty), they're dairy, soy and preservative free, AND vegan.
They're very much like your atypical green pea cookie - the kind that you see during chinese new year, except WAY healthier and that the flavors are very pea-santly balanced.
The two boxes I got were ofPeater - their original flavor, and Penelopea. The latter is a Christmas special which is studded with bits of cranberry, which is really good, because you can totally have your CNY-esque treat before everyone else.
So, the exams may be over, and I may have learnt some things, and that pumpkin season may be enveloping everyone in it's uniquely gutsy way - I seriously do NOT like de-gutting pumpkin- but my brains still do function, which is why I'm sharing some new thoughts of mine here. (as if that wasn't new)
I've been feeling pretty b̶o̶r̶e̶d̶ d̶e̶p̶r̶e̶s̶s̶e̶d̶ g̶l̶o̶o̶m̶y̶ 吃饱太空闲 (direct google translate: eat too idle) lately, even though I've got tons more to do, with a presentation waiting to be completed and buns rising in the oven right now. It must be my premature quarter-life crisis. I'm bemoaning the meaningless of results and s̶l̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶b̶u̶m̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶f̶e̶w̶ ̶d̶e̶c̶a̶d̶e̶s̶ getting a good job and scrimping and saving for the final years where I'm bedridden with arthritis and god-knows-what affliction. What fun.
As such, I've been on the hunt for things to fill my pockets of time with - more and more cooking, extensive reading marathons, yoga classes, more eating... More fun, more excitement, more more more. Nothing really seemed to help. Until someone suggested this brilliant solution to moi...
(Yes. The next thing to add to my ever expanding bucket list.)
Anyhoo, here's some things that I've been snickering at (or perhaps having a genuine laugh over) before Project world domination that I hope you'll benefit from more than I did:
Aah-sai-ehhhh. Not ah-cai, or err-sai (okay, that one is admittedly closer). It's this new obsession of mine, with Project Acai (a local acai cafe) launched in Singapore and that bowl at Juice Generation back in New York. Cold, creamy, with a good amount of fruits - who wouldn't love it?
Except that here, I've got something better.
I'll let you in on a secret - I don't really like bananas. Yes. Me - not a big fan of those poor yellow fruits which have been the unfortunate subject of many an aphrodisiac joke. No, really. Despite all my breakfasts which I post on instagram which feature those coins of banana, I just like them in a cooked form, where it doesn't make the whole meal sit heavily in your stomach.
And so, for this entire time, I've always thought of acai bowls as slushy purple smoothies with fancy toppings which are really REALLY filling.
BUT NOT ANY LONGER.