Short and Sweet (Spring Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette)

Let me get to the point.

I’ve got a salad. It has an awesome vinaigrette. It’s basically the essence of spring tossed into a bowl. It also uses some extra candied orange peels from my last post. It’s quick, it’s resourceful, it’s intensely flavorful. It’s awesome.

Go make it for lunch. Now. Enough said.

Hey, pecan! Get back in there!

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Time (Candied Orange Peels)

Time.

So much time.

Time dragged on like no other while I was cashiering today, at least. What with 3rd quarter of Senior year ending and Spring break beginning, time seems like an immense void in front of me. As the college acceptances roll in, I can see time extending into different directions, paths, possibilities, extending itself into whole different lives of which one I can be a part.

For some reason, this picture reminds of fish. But that's not very appetizing. Let's just forget I said anything.

When the first out-of-state acceptance letter arrived, it nearly knocked the wind out of me–not because the acceptance surprised me (it was a safety school), but because of the realization that I’m officially moving on across the country. My life will soon extend outside my familiar Southern-California-centric bubble. Yet as time stretches before me, it suddenly occurs to me that time is ticking away faster than I ever thought possible in the only moment that really matters: the present.

Cliché as it may be, there is no time like the present. If there is one lesson I have learned after the trials and tribulations of the year past (perhaps a certain post I wrote a few months back will be a refresher to you all), it definitely is that. Soon, I’ll be away from the comfort of my cozy room, sleeping in a twin bed, sharing a dorm with some other stranger who may become a new best friend. Soon, I’ll be saying “see you soon” (never “goodbye”) to coworkers, to friends, to Girlfriend, to Mom. Soon, I’ll be wishing that I was back in high school, back in college, back in medical school, back in my twenties, my thirties, forties, back in some state of being or another, wishing that time would reverse itself if only for instant–or at least, it will seem like it was soon when it comes.

See that hand? It's about to deliver that orange peel to a very happy mouth.

For now, I’ll take everything that comes to me in stride, one step at a time; and as I look forward towards the immense journey in front of me, it’ll be nice to take those moments to stop, think, relax, perhaps make something time intensive that I’ve never tried making before (see recipe below 😉 ). As I have said before, cherish the moments and people you have now–jump forward when you’re ready.

But for me? Not yet. All in due time.

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Writer’s Block? Not So Much (Ultimate Breakfast Muffins)

Everyone knows about writer’s block. Everyone has probably faced it some time or another. I don’t know if it has anything to do with being a senior nearing the end of my high school career, but that intangible blockade has been attempting to impede me quite a bit lately.

Whenever that happens, though, a quote from Kathleen Norris (an essayist and poet, I have discovered, though I know nothing about her past that) often comes to mind:

“All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?”

I laugh a bit and suddenly I am able to move on and write more, whether it be a personal rendition of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land for my AP Literature course or, well, this blog post that I’m writing now.

Who knew muffins were also stackable? But I digress.

Does this have anything to do with food, though? Why, yes–this is a food blog after all, people! 😉

I think writer’s block–whether Kathleen Norris thinks it exists or not–manifests itself when the body is simply not prepared or in good shape. Lack of sleep, exhaustion, and hunger have hardly ever been good things to write on (except when I wrote that stream of consciousness piece about my hunger…but I digress). These muffins, however, can take care of that last variable for you.

These muffins are a 1-2-3 punch to stave off hunger! Ha! See what I did? There's 3 muffins lined up in the picture...oh, I'm just on a roll today.

Girlfriend loves the contrast of the soft, pillowy, almost savory muffin with the crunchy and sweet crumble on top. Eat one of these with some fruit or a smoothie, and your day is set! Don’t blame me if one isn’t enough to satisfy you, though. 🙂

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