Thursday, March 25, 2010

Finally A Break; and some iced oatmeal cookies

Full-time student. That has become my identity since about this time last year when my job dematerialized, and I decided it was time to stop putting off the whole college thing. So here I am, more than halfway towards receiving my very first incredibly expensive, increasingly useless certificate of higher education (just an AA folks, nothing fancy). How does it feel? Well, the initial excitement and romance of academia has definitely worn off. That shiny veneer has been rubbed (quite vigorously) down to reveal the stressed-out, tired reality of student life. No wonder people do this when the energy of the early twenties is still coursing through them. I'm reassured of the judiciousness of my choice to tackle college at a later age. I know what I want now (do I?). I'm more focused (in theory). The well-meaning people who tell me these things are obviously not writing research papers at 2 am. The only benefit I can see is my qualification for more financial aid.

Beginning yesterday, however, I am on spring break! How lovely it is to catch some extra sleep, to ride my bike in the sun (well, yesterday was sunny anyway), and to spend as much time as I'd like puttering around in the kitchen. I can cook every day if I want to, instead of relying so heavily on leftovers to get me through the week. In fact, I've already been hard at play in the kitchen.

On Tuesday night I concocted a spiral pasta in a homemade tomato sauce with tempeh crumbles and steamed kale and garlic toast on the side. My dinner companions were pleased, indeed. Last night's dinner menu featured salmon tacos with salsa, fresh guacamole and shredded purple cabbage on homemade corn tortillas. Muy delicioso! My first foray into the world of tortilla making was a resounding success thanks to this post on I Am Gluten Free (scroll down the post). I never knew it could be so easy to reach the level of satisfaction that those yellow corn rounds brought to me.

But the real reason for this post isn't to fantasize about yesterday's Mexican. It's to tell you about today's afternoon endeavor: Iced Oatmeal Cookies. I haven't even started to make them yet, but my oh my am I looking forward to some lemony-glazed, oats spending time on my tongue. I'll be sure to let you know how they turn out.

1 comment:

  1. The tacos sound amazing, but I cant wait to hear more about these cookies! Enjoy your spring break, and keep up the hard work!


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