A gift to myself, for the skirt of our tree is relatively barren this year.
"So a placeholder!"
Best of all: I nearly obtained all the possible variants of photocards and album benefits!
Four copies of the full-length album earned me JB, Mark, Jinyoung, and Yugyeom versions, with the other members present in the form of photocards and film strips.
- Thrill - with the receipt of my albums at long last
- Ecstasy - with the sight of my Jinyoung pulls (hehe)
- Anxiety - with the unpredictable future of fanmeetings and idol interactions
- Regret - with the review of the members' Thank You messages and realization of their respective difficulties
The above sensations hindered not my appreciation of the items spread before me, though it summoned forth inquiries that not a single soul on this planet is capable of answering with confidence.
When can we see each other again?
1) Bran Muffins modified from SK's blue sky bran muffins
Swapping oil for melted margarine - though cultured butter would offer even greater aroma - and buttermilk for expired plain Greek yogurt, this iteration was far more favourable than the oil-based (read: greasy!) rendition. They were less savoury in comparison to the sour cream version, with added lemon zest for zing and dried cranberries for chew.
The pot of slow-cooked braised beef proved tender, though a lack of tomatoes, onions, or potatoes on hand meant resorting to canned sauces, in which acidity and sulphites were injected in tremendous doses for extended shelf life. Too tart was the sauce, even with a heaping teaspoon of unpasteurized honey and generous sprinkle of sea salt.
3) Soy Braised Chicken Drumsticks with Apple
The addition of star anise lent body to the otherwise single-dimension soy braise. Slices of Honeycrisp also found their way into the pot; a bountiful amount had been procured over our St. Jacobs trip, thus lack of reason for exclusion. I had also included the additional step of pre-boiling the drumsticks with the wedges of a withering lemon - yes, the same one zested for the sake of the aforementioned bran muffins!
The end product was positively scrumptious served alongside purple multigrain rice, blanched gai lan, and fusilli.
5) Coconut Curry Basa
Softened sweet onions, pinch of dried parsley flakes, and touch of turmeric formed the basis of this recipe.