Hey giiiirl…do you hate gingersnaps like the rest of the world? Be honest…
The internet in the past week has taught me that EVERYONE hates gingersnaps. Maybe it’s a crunchy cookie thing or maybe people dislike the combo of gingerbread and the texture of the snap. I’m not totally sure. I do, however, know that when I asked what kind of cookies should appear during cookie week, a soft tender lil’ gingerbread cookie was suggested at least a dozen times.
I know on this blog (and Twitter/Instagram) I come off as “SUPER HAPPY AND CHEERFUL AND EATING/COOKING ALL OF THE TIME.” And yes, most of the time I am actually pretty stoked on life, and I do, in fact, cook a lot. But something you probably don’t know about me is that I have anxiety like whoa. It’s not like “nervous-nancy, annoying to be around” type anxiety. Nah. And I do feel like I’m nervous about the right things, if that makes sense.
Like, for instance, if a waiter spilled ketchup on my super expensive jeans (this has happened), I wouldn’t stress out and think it’s not going to come out. I trust the Tide commercials, you know. Those before and after shots with the grass stains are super convincing. So my honest reaction would be like, Oh no biggie, waiter guy who feels bad, can I have some soda water, please? No biggie! Free as a bird!
BUT, I do stress about life things. Big picture stuff. Mostly I have anxiety about not getting what I want. I’m anxious about disappointing people. I’m anxious about disappointing myself. And I’m scared that my dreams won’t come true and things won’t work out. (And I mean ALL of this in the least emo way possible. Promise!) So yeah, I worry. A lot, sometimes.
If you worry too, you’ve come to the right place today because I have two things that I think will help us!
1st – A plate of rice that is not only delicious but super easy. And that egg…good gracious. That egg is special! I’m a little obsessed
And 2nd – A lil’ knowledge from the LAST person you’d ever think would be capable to give life advice: Sarah Silverman.
(This post is in collaboration with Bravo for their show, Around the World in 80 Plates. This week they’re in Beijing, China. Check it out on Wednesday at 10pm/9pmc on Bravo!!)
Saturday the last of something; Sunday the first of something.
I say we toast and discuss our goals. But first, lets talk kumquats, shall we?
They’re kind of the cutest thing ever. Don’t let their dainty appearance fool you, though; these things pack a pucker like no other. I juiced (using a juicer) about 20…and got only 1/8 of a cup of juice. At first I was super bummed, but then was reminded how strong their flavor really is. No bigs!
I only used half of a teaspoon per cocktail. That sour punch with the sweet subtle spiciness from the ginger syrup..and some Cava (Prosecco or Champagne)…holy deliciousness!
I recommend this…oh I dunno…maybe for a little New Years Day brunch action…maybe paired with this quiche?
I know what you want. You want something Mexican, and cheesy with salsa…maybe something that’s even sprinkled with cotija cheese and avocado…
But I don’t have that. I’ve got nothing of the sorts. I had plans to do this, I swear. But something happened. A heat wave came ploughing through LA with 90-degree temperatures, and all I had the desire to do was to drink like, everything in the world. Not alcohol-wise, but like, lemonade, iced coffee, limeade, watermelon raspberry slushies, etc.
I did have a plan, though–it involved lots of shredded pork, a fried tortilla and lots of cotija cheese. I didn’t make that, obvi. It was too hot. I’m sweating now just thinking about standing over a hot stove with even hotter oil.
Like everyone on planet earth, the sight of the weekend makes me giddy. Sure, most of it has to do with not having to go to work, but the biggest part? 1.) Being able to wake up at my leisure 2.) Drinking coffee in mismatched pajamas 3.) Make whatever I fancy for breakfast.
This weekend’s breakfast of choice? Gingerbread Pancakes.
Don’t tell autumn, but I’m already looking ahead. It’s not my fault, I swear. I think I’ve been brainwashed or something. The other day I was shopping in the mall and caught myself singing along to the Christmas music. Christmas music before Thanksgiving! It seems like every year they break it out even sooner than the one before. So, forgive me, autumn–don’t blame me.
Even if you’re not in the mood to embrace winter or Christmas, please make these. They’re worth it. They’re a little spicy, perfectly sweet (not too sweet), moist, but not mealy, and totally amazing.