Cooking Is Meditative

One of the major things that made me happy was the smell of freshly baked cookies. So today seemed like the perfect day to satisfy my hunger.
The whole process took me about 2-3 hours, and maybe those were one of the few moments of complete mindfulness I have had recently. I have always been a foodie and moreover, I have always enjoyed cooking. Today, however, cooking seemed to have a different impact on me. Being completely in the moment, I realized how every sense in my body was active. The sound of whisking, the feel of the flour, the smell of the end product and of course, devouring the cookies. And the whole time, I had no other thought in my mind.
The best part was my family’s reaction. The amount of happiness I felt by baking something for them was something I would never forget. There was some sort of satisfaction hearing them admire and appreciate my effort.
That was my moment of happiness today.
Here is the recipe for one of my favorite cookies so far:

One-Bowl Chewy Vegan Coffee Cookies:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100g) refined coconut oil, packed, not melted
  • 2/3 cup (140 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125mL) plant-based milk such as soy
  • 1/3 cup (35g) coffee powder
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (4 g) baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp (3 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (150 g) dairy-free dark chocolate, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C.

  2. Using a fork, cream together the coconut oil and brown sugar in a large bowl. Then add the maple syrup and mix until well combined. Add the milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and instant coffee granules, whisking until combined. Then add the baking powder, baking soda and salt and again whisk until well combined. If the mixture looks clumpy, it’s okay! Note: if the temperature is warm where you are, you may want to consider chilling this mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up; otherwise the cookies flatten and spread too much when baking in the oven.

  3. Add the flour to the bowl and stir until just-combined (do not over stir). Then gently fold in the chopped chocolate.

  4. Form little balls out of the dough and evenly distribute, about 5 cm (2 inches) apart, on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. Pro tip: I like to reserve a bit of the chopped chocolate to sprinkle on the top for presentation.

  5. Bake for 12- 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden and the tops look set. Cool 1 minute on cooking sheet before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Notes:

  1. *If your coconut oil is liquid, chill in the fridge for a few minutes for it to solidify.

  2. ** Reserve a small amount of the chopped chocolate to place on the cookies before baking for presentation.

Let me know how it turns out for you in the comment section!!

So Glam

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The Minimalist Lifestyle

I sat on the bed this morning, wondering where and how to start. Looking around, all I could see was how big of a mess my room was. I read a few blog posts on organization, and the one written by Jennifer Taylor Chan on A Minimalist Lifestyle, on the app Medium inspired me to try out a minimalist lifestyle. I have always fancied a minimalist lifestyle. That’s when cleaning seemed the best place to start at.
I spent half of the day cleaning my room, closet, and work table, making space for the next year of college realizing halfway through, that this did make me feel satisfied. When things started to look clean and organized I felt like doing more, feeling very pleased with myself by the outcome. But a minimalist lifestyle does not include only clearing your closet or reducing the amount of stuff you own. As important as downsizing is, I had to figure out a way to organize the important aspects of my life and get it back on track.
For that, I followed the few simple steps Jennifer Taylor Chan put it in her post. According to her, minimalism can also be applied to the number of apps you use in your mobile and cleansing out the ones that you don’t use at all. For instance, I figured the amount of time I wasted on using Snapchat was insane, hence I deleted it along with many other apps that did not need that amount of attention.
My intention to try a minimalist life is to give me more time to connect with myself and inducing a sense of gratitude within me. Being more appreciative of the things I already have and perceiving the fact that the lesser the items on my list, the more space I get to live a meaningful way of life. And so far, I feel REALLY good. My life seems a little on track, I now have an idea what to expect from tomorrow and, I felt very relaxed today. I gave myself permission to feel good and appreciated myself for the work I put in.
I felt happy today.

5 Quotes I Live By

If you are anything like me, you have had days where you feel like doing nothing, you feel physically and emotionally drained, and end up procrastinating on everything that needs to get done. To change this, nothing is better than reading a good quote, to make you think, muse on and feel every day, so you are empowered to work in the direction of your dreams.
Therefore, I came up with a set of quotes that I choose to live by to incentivize and put myself back on track, hoping that they would also challenge you on your ability to live life as you want it.
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There are people out there doing things they don’t like, thinking they will have enough time to do what they love once they get a job, get married, have a kid, get the kid married and then are finally, “settled”. Oh, Honey, you don’t even know if you will live to get a job. It’s now, or never.
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Be passionate enough to fight for the life you dream to live.
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It’s always better to let your work speak for you.
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The ability to face your tenth failure like it’s your first is what makes you special.
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The Best one.

Which ones are your favorite? I would love to hear them out! Comment them down below!!

(All the photos are clicked by me. I have just printed the quotes on them)

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