To have me say that school has resulted in me pulling at my hair would be no exaggeration - it was been a rough two weeks. (or is it three?) I've been losing track of time and space in the process of finding answers - to math sums, to research project questions, even to the nuances of my daily routines. It's both nightmar-ish and dream-like, both torturing and satisfying.
I feel like the contents of my head have been shaken vigorously, upended, poured back in, and shaken again. I scarcely have the time to take some time off for a deep breath or two and reflect on things. So, as a form of (trying to) gather my thoughts, here are some of the things I've done in the last fortnight:
- Going to the NUS library last week was no easy feat. I spent at least fifteen minutes in the cab driving around in circles upon the cabbie's insistence that he send me to the doorstep.
- Played an april fool's prank on my classmates with chocolate chip potato cookies (baked potato rounds which looked like cookies). They said it tasted good.
- I've baked at least two rounds of muffins of late.
- I've been using a new backpack which unzips only at the side. My hypothesis: by the end of the year, the left side will be way filthier than the right.
-Also, we've got new cable tv - so watching endless episodes of Phineas and Ferb is fulfilling my long-overdue childhood dream.
what I was like after the mochi came out.
Meanwhile, my mochi madness ensues. I've been eating endless rounds of mochi-incorporated things (see here). It's so addictive, really, that gooey-ness and stringiness. Especially these.
My first round turned out to have a tad too much matcha (which made them turn bitter) and too little sugar (1/4 cup). Which is why I reduced and added the ratios of ingredients respectively. But what really stood out was the crust on top of the mochi which you don't get from making them in the pan. They're best fresh from the oven when they're still warm, but the gooey interior has this tendency to stubbornly cling to your fingers, which is why I recommend flouring them with a light layer of glutinous rice flour after baking and slicing.
time taken: 50 mins / cook time: 30 mins / make time: 10 mins / standing time: 10 mins
makes 8-10 squares
to be continued.