Did Christmas come early this year?
Burned out by 4 successive days of crazy crazy exams, I decided to move my butt. Onto the bicycle’s seat. And headed out to my favourite supermart to grab some pantry staples. And then there was. I stepped into the mart to the music of “Jingle Bell Rock”– an amazing song by the way. Oh and chocolates. Chocolates everywhere. Wrapped in shiny gorgeous packaging (have I told you that I’m sort of obsessed with shiny things??) More importantly– they were on sale.
Really, Christmas time is most definitely the time “to be jolly”. Its my most favourite time of the year! Those Christmas songs blasting out of every shop, red stockings and reindeer images plastered onto walls, snowflakes oh so delicately landing on your shoulders (this I imagined. I’ve only ever seen fake snow in my life, at Snow City). Oh, and the freshly baked Christmas-Tree-shaped and log-shaped buns snowed with powdered sugar lining the shelves of good old bakeries. Its the only time of the year bakeries put on their real thinking caps and come up with some more creative ideas. I mean, Bak Kwa (Barbecued pork pieces) buns for Chinese New Year? Really? Again? Oh come on! Still, I’m very disappointed that Breadtalk has been pushing out practically the same Christmas specials every year. Thumbs down. (My feet’s too). Is this how you show how superbly creative Singaporeans are? I guess it does make a point. With our education system pushing out a textbook-obsessed, factory-line of students, wiring them with what-to-dos rather than what-not-to-dos, creativity was left behind. For all except those who dare to reverse the psychological wiring.
Err… what was I talking about just before I restarted on that unpatriotic harsh critique of my country? Oh yes, Christmas. Christmas in Singapore is so much different from Christmas in Taiwan.
I spent my Christmas last year in Taiwan. My most favourite place ever. My Chinese isn’t too good but no one ever seems to notice. People are just kinder, nicer, less critical, more caring… traits most Singaporeans lack. Makes me feel sort of ashamed of my country. I mean, how many times have I seen people spitting AND littering on the streets? Countless. How many times have I seen primary school and secondary students smoking? This actually only 3 times (not my point). How many times have I seen people ignoring others who need help? Countless. Among them is you, that heartless freak who dare let your grandmother carry your luggage for you when you’re a man, and physically fit! Do you know no shame??????
There I go again.
I need to stop doing this.
Anyway, do you know that there are carollers in Taiwan? Waaayy cool! There’re no carollers in SG. I asked my mum whether I could go carolling. She said no, you’ll probably screw up cuz you can’t read Chinese well enough to read song lyrics. There was a church in Wandan, where we were living. It was such a close-knitted church. Everyone knew each other. Everyone was so excited to praise and worship God. Their enthusiasm was touching and infectious. Lovely people. And I thought, that’s what Christmas should be like! The touch of love. A warm, fuzzy feeling arising from deep down. Thanksgiving. The spread of joy. And of course– Belgium chocolate, candy canes and most definitely– caramelised-maple-syrup-cashew-nuts (what a mouthful!).
Let’s get this straight. If you love cashew nuts, you’re my friend–period.
I should stop crapping my ass off and telling you everything I feel. I shall therefore conclude my tedious description about how I feel about Christmas (and how my mum told me right from the beginning that Santa’s just a giant man dumbly carrying a large sack, sitting on and therefore torturing his reindeer(s) with all the weight– and a product of human imagination– because nothing is free. Thanks mum, guess I had to find out this way, why did I have to?).
We all know we are definitely more looking forward to… wait for it… quick, vegan, gluten free, low fat, low sugar (sugar free option available too)… Single Serving Cookie Dough Bowl.
Let’s face it. You’ll probably like it more than you like me.
It can be served warm or cold. I’m cold to people I’m not close to but warm to people I am close to. (…Why am I telling you this??? I’m very possibly just showing another sign of stage 2 craziness. Yet again. Just ignore me.)
Warm means right out of the blender. Its warm because the blender produces heat.
Cold means right out of the freezer. You put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes and take it out.
It tastes a little like my Cookie Dough Spread recipe. That tastes great too! But the ingredients are different. And this one is single serving. And you can have it as a meal by itself. You can whiz in some spinach for a ‘complete’ meal but I can’t vouch for the results. (But I can vouch for the fact that it would have a really weird colour. Really weird.)
Here’s the recipe.
Cookie Dough Bowl
No. of servings: 1
- 1 Can Garbanzo beans/ 1 pinch salt+ 150g boiled Garbanzo beans (I used S&W‘s. It has 330 calories per can)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup/agave syrup/honey/ malitol syrup/ any other syrup actually
- 3 tbsps low fat/defatted peanut flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp skim/non-dairy milk
- 1/4 tsp liquid stevia (or more or less depending on you preference of sugar level) I used NuNaturals from iHerb (use QIT142 for $5 off your first order at iHerb!) OR 1/4 cup brown/black/coconut sugar / sucanat
Dump everything into a blender until smooth and awesome. Spoon out into a bowl. Or eat straight from blender– might be a new trend.
Get into it already!
I’ve talked (written?) so much about how I feel about Christmas! What do you feel about Christmas?
PS: I really apologise for the bad photographs! I’m using my bro’s computer which has a great flaw, that is, no photoshop 😦
Submitted to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs’ Wellness Weekends!!! Thanks for organising, Ricki!!!!