I had expressed remorse towards lost opportunities, slithered away involuntarily under the given circumstances. Looking back, it seems that new opportunities had emerged instead; amongst them were: breadmaking, DIY hair colour treatment, and virtual choreography learning, activities that would have otherwise remained unattempted with a standard work schedule and active social circle.
The initial intent was to create a shakshuka-like dish, with ground pork stewed in tomatoes as its base. I then embarked on a detour, finely dicing the marbled cuts and marinating them in a mix of sesame oil, white pepper, and salt - similar to the first few steps of Cream Corn Pork Over Rice / 粟米肉粒飯. Eggs would be reserved for a separate dish instead, as to maximize the grocery budget.
Fresh tomatoes and onion slivers were pan-fried in a wide, shallow pan until soft, at which point the meat was incorporated. In an attempt to supplement the tomato-to-pork ratio, in went a drizzle of Chinese red vinegar (for both colour and acidity), a liberal squeeze of ketchup (for sweet tartness), and a handful of frozen peaches and grapes (for zesty enzymes). The final yield paired well with steamed rice; though, I would recommend seedless grapes in this usage to avoid interrupted chews amongst unsuspecting diners.
The eggs were reserved for a slightly-firmer-than-soft-scrambled omelette, wherein seafood mushrooms and green onions sautéed in butter until fragrant before the mirin- and milk-enhanced mixture was slowly whisked into the pan. Steaming on low heat, covered, for ten minutes allows for delectable fluffiness; to achieve a creamier finish, reduce the cooking time and/or omelette thickness accordingly.
Bake for Happy Kids never fails me, yet I was still keen to modify her guideline as I had just finished my can of condensed milk. Instead of cranking open a new can, the sticky, partially synthetic substance was swapped for a mix of honey (669), more milk powder, and a generous splash of milk that was, in hindsight, more daring than conservative.
Inspiration was summoned from Cooking Tree's Condensed Milk Truffles, but with a twist: a chocolate shell would replace the outermost cocoa powder dusting.
That said, I'd likely re-attempt the dessert, with a different recipe, of course.
I had never fully understood the steep retail prices behind microscopic satchels of granola. Be they "organic" or "superfood-containing", the costs could never be warranted, especially when its ingredients were anything but rare. Compiled on the basis of pure intuition were quick oats, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and chopped almonds.