A winter sonata

Source: A winter sonata

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The wily fox and 5 city girls

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Lisbon – an oxymoron of sorts…

Lisbon – an oxymoron of sorts….

my sleeping angel

Character-baking

I am baking my very first cake as we speak. And also using an electric mixer for the first time.

I am sick and tired of hand-whipping cream for my tiramisu (which after 2 tries is still a flop), and attempting to cream butter manually. The end result looked more like squashed butter that’s been sat on by a fat lady. I’ve also thrown away trayloads of half-baked cookies that seem to stick to the baking sheets like big brown pieces of chewing gum on walls; eaten many chunks of brownies with charred walnuts and slouchy cupcakes that deflate as soon as you poke a fork through.

I started baking last year after we moved to Switzerland. I thought it was imperative for a stay home mum to be able to do some decent baking for the many kiddy parties and potluck sessions a mum has to go to. You can’t just bring along an adorable kid you know.

Baking can be so revealing of one’s character, i realised.

I have litte patience when it comes to doing a thorough preparation of the ingredients for baking. I always think I could simply improvise a recipe without mastering the basics.  This coming from someone who has never taken a single lesson in Home Economics and has never used an oven until last year. I still don’t know how to set the timer for the oven.

I tend to measure and mix ingredients very quickly without really checking if I am doing the right thing, or whether I am reading the correct page of a recipe. (happened to Rachel in Friends when she put a layer of minced beef in her trifle dessert)

I am also very mood-driven in everything I do.

I’m in a happy, calm mood tonight. Timmy is fast asleep, Alan is away, and I am listening to my favourite bossa nova music. I am taking my time to measure the ingredients properly, but shucks! I didn’t know how powerful the cheap electric mixer was and a quarter of my egg yolk and sugar mix splattered onto the kitchen table! I scoped the gooey bits up and put it back into the mixing bowl. heehee.

Well, my carrot cake turned out pretty okay, a little dry because I was checking facebook and writing my blog at the same time. Think I kept the cake in the oven for too long. But it was still a pretty decent effort.

I reckon I’ll need to endure a few more failed attempts and the house smelling of the charred remains of cakes and cookies before I can sign up for Masterchef, or officially call myself the ‘Cheena Nigella’.

circle of friendship

it’s been 3 long days and i still haven’t contacted my friend whom i had a fall out with in amsterdam.

i don’t know why it is taking me so long to pick up the phone and talk things out with her. what would i say? should i call or would an sms be a safer ice-breaker? what if she doesn’t reply? i feel really terrible at the prospect of losing a good friend, but somehow, i just feel like letting the guilt eat away my conscience for now. it always seems easier to wallow in self-pity than make an effort to resolve a problem.

i got to know a new friend at the cafe near my place and she asked if i’ll like to hang out with her some time.

is this the circle of friendship? when one fades, another blossoms? is something precious that is broken not meant to be fixed? when fixed, there might be visible cracks. if a friendship can’t withstand a little setback, does it mean that it is not meant to be? should i just give up an old friend to pursue new ones?

i’m sure friendships shouldn’t be a 1-for-1 replacement. and the heart is definitely big enuff for more than 1 person. otherwise, why would parents have more than 1 kid??? (but of course one should only have 1 husband, at 1 time)

i’m waiting to hit rock-bottom then i’ll think about doing something.  wish me luck.

spaced out

just got back from a horrible weekend trip to amsterdam. It was meant to be a fun and exciting holiday with 2 good friends, away from our husbands and kids. it turned out to be such a disaster.

I should have seen it coming after

a) eating 9 pieces of KFC hot wings at 1 a.m

b) making my own bloody mary concoction at an argentinian restaurant

c) having 2 long slabs of greasy all-you-can-eat spare ribs dripping with garlic-oil dressing at the same restaurant for lunch and

d) breathing in 2nd hand marijuana smoke from people in the public square.

I think what pushed me off the wall was an innocent looking marijuana-laced muffin shared amongst 3 girls for tea-break.

Greasy food and space cakes can make people do crazy things.

Like kill a friendship.