These happenings also have a tendency to creep into one's subconscious state, where its side effects conclude a psychologically taxing state. (Have you ever dreamed of being chased down via emails?)
1) Green Tea Scones
Continuing the pursuit of the perfect scone, I progressed onto a green tea variation sourced from the ever-dependable Sunday Baking.
As like many North American children, tri-colour Rice Krispie squares were an essential element of every end-of-year school potluck. I wasn't able to locate the holiday edition of the puffed rice cereal, but instead made use of the Brown Rice variation for this nostalgic Christmas treat.
The random creation resulted from lack of meat-defrosting time and an availability of scallions and fresh ginger.
This edition of pizza involved SK's 24-hour - or rather 22-hour - pizza formula, canned tomatoes, honey garlic sausage slices, and pineapple rings. On the morning of, I proceeded to drain the tomato chunks; a total of two hours passed before assembly.
Two versions were produced: one in a pizza pan, the other in cast iron. The latter offered a thicker, chewier crust. Larger air bubbles had formed within the dough, likely a result of air entrapped in the heavy-duty pan. Meanwhile, the pizza pan guaranteed a thin, crispy crust of even thickness via uniform heat permeation. Tip: Bury sausage slices underneath the cheese to prevent blackened rounds of unidentifiable matter.
6) Baked Pork Chop w/ Caramelized Onions and Egg (Oyakodon-style topping)
Wheat bread was attempted for the first time. Needless to say, the undertaking could not be completed without consultation of the bread master herself.
I can't deny that I had a Red Lobster moment with this recipe. Except it was tastier and far, far more economic.
Simultaneously constructed was a béchamel sauce. An olive oil and margarine blend, a few pieces of lemon rind, a handful of dill, a few lanky scallion strands were combined in a saucepan, subject to low heat to encourage infusion. Once fragrant, roughly 3 tbsp of flour was added in and whisked thoroughly. Upon observing a distinct increase in viscosity, milk was incorporated and then stirred on medium-low heat to prevent burning or bubbling.
A spur-of-the-moment decision, Apple Pie Minis materialized from an inclination to test out my newly-acquired pastry blender (tip: use a larger bowl than I) while using up too-soft Red Delicious slices.
Alas, the edges were flaky and the insides satisfying. The pre-cooking process had also removed majority of the liquid from apple filling, leaving minimal mess despite shrunken shells.
Prompted by orangecane's observation of the selection on the Big Fat Cookie's menu, I took upon the mission to formulate my own rendition, despite having tried neither the infamous seasoning mix from Trader Joe's nor the bakery's original cookie. The Everything Bagel seasoning was a cinch to prepare; attaining a soft cream cheese centre was more difficult.
- Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce / 排骨
- Steamed BBQ Pork Bun / 叉燒包
- Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun / 流沙包
- Pork Siu Mai / 燒賣
- Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls with Minced Beef 牛肉腸粉
- Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls with Shrimp 鮮蝦腸粉
- Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf / 糯米雞
Similar to Flight Log: Turbulence and Present: You, the format strays not from individual member albums. My own copies have yet to be received at this point in time, however I've taken the liberty of preparing myself for their arrival via ceaseless Spotify streaming.
Breath is a reminder to thrive as opposed to merely live.
LAST PIECE pays homage to the unbreakable bond that is the GOT7-IGOT7 relationship. "You guys raised us." and, in turn, we grew with you.
WAVE illustrates the striking scene of tides colliding - a snippet of my own tween memories of a gusty summer evening, seemingly perpetual ocean waters against a ship's edge, and the shimmering sapphire cloak of the night sky. The image prevails as one of my favourite moments in time, and it is truly beyond me how Jinyoung had seemed to translate the intangible into a concrete work of art.
1+1 is simple yet lovely.
We Are Young is reminiscent of Forever Young, post-graduation.