Slow Monday

I’m one of those weird people who likes Mondays, especially Monday mornings. To me, it represents a promise of sorts — the potential of what the week can become. It’s like being given an opportunity to take on a brand new week. When I was a student, I always made it a point to have good Monday mornings. However, this morning, I had a rather slow start, preferring to do this and do that rather than what I originally intended. I did not get started on my writing until much later in the afternoon, but once I really got into it, I was flying once again. I finished a chapter today. Hooray!

Tonight, I went to a potluck dinner for someone’s birthday. I had volunteered to bring dessert, so I decided to use the Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips that I bought from Kunming and shared the wealth. I baked my first batch of chocolate chip cookies. It went from looking like this …

cookie dough batter

… to this!

chewy chocolate chip cookies

I like my cookies to be chewy so I googled the recipe to having chewy chocolate chips cookies. The secret? Cornstarch! And it works, too. They were delicious and I think people at the potluck enjoyed them. I personally think it would have tasted better if I used butter, but I had to use olive oil as a substitute because they don’t sell butter here.

This morning, one of the things I decided to do was bake some more bread since I’ve long finished my last batch. This time, I decided to make me some bagels! It was a lot of fun to make … really simple, too. It went from looking like this …

bagel batter

… to this!

variety of bagels

I confess that my expectations were pretty low for this one because bagels just seem more exotic, but I must say they turned out great! I froze half of them so I could enjoy them later. I also took the liberty to be creative. I added various spices and ingredients to make garlic bagels, onion bagels, cheese bagels, and multi-seed bagels. I think my breakfast is set for the week. If you’re interested in the recipe, check it out at:

Both baking experiments were successful and turned out well. Finished a chapter, to boot. Good start to my week after all.

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