Time to focus on productivity and accomplishments!
1. This weekend I made chocolate chip cookies with a very sneaky secret ingredient: Chickpeas! Now, that may sound gross, but they turned out absolutely delicious. No need for butter, oil, eggs, flour, or white sugar for this recipe. These cookies are really filling, and, no, they do not taste like humus. Check out the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.
2. This weekend I also made homemade taquitos with yellow squash and zucchini, homemade "refried" black beans, cheese, and tortillas. Mexican food is definitely a comfort food for me, so it is nice to have a delicious and satisfying recipe that I can easily make at home. I also really like making my own "refried" beans because it allows me to give the beans a bit more pizazz by choosing what flavors I want to feature. Perhaps I will share my taquito and refreid black bean recipes in a future post.
3.On Sunday I celebrated Chinese New Year by eating as much food as possible. The afternoon started out at TC Pastry in the Outer Sunset. Although not a traditional dim sum restaurant, this place offers a wide variety of dim sum favorites. There were not a lot of vegetarian options, but I still managed pretty well. I got vegetable lo mien, a vegetable baozi, and an egg custard baozi (baozi are buns with delicious secrets inside. In China I was obsessed with dousha baozi [red bean paste bun] and basically ate one every day). After feast #1, we got milk tea with boba (tapioca balls), and then walked to J.C.'s apartment to begin jiaozi (dumpling) making! The process took a long time (2:00 to 6:00) even though there were many cooks in the kitchen. We made 120 dumplings and could have made a lot more, but we ran out of skins and mouths to feed.
4.This past week I sent out 17 cold emails to professors in the Bay Area who are conducting research I am interested in. Yeah, 17. It was a lot of work, but I feel very accomplished for doing it.
5. I can run 3 miles! Currently I seem to be doing a 10 minute mile. I would like to be going faster, but the route I jog does have some big hills, so I still feel pretty good about this. While my endurance is great, I find that what really holds me back is the stiffness I feel in my lower legs near the end of my run. Does anyone else have this problem? Also, I have been running four days a week, but last week I only went running twice...
6.On Friday my brother and I saw this outstanding play called "The Wild Bride." It is hard to describe the play because it combines a lot of elements one would think wouldn't work well together, but in actuality do. Basically it is a combination Scottish/Southern folk tale about a strong woman who is pursued by the devil and it is set to Blues music. I loved it and bought the album. The play is headed to New York next, so if you are there I highly recommend you see it.
Other things: I am loving the new album by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, I am digging The Mindy Project, and I am staying happy by watching comforting anime shows and other cartoons.