Sunday, 15 May 2016
Strawberry, Yogurt & Granola Parfait and a little waffling.
Breakfast and a chat?
I don’t know if this is a bad idea or not but I might start doing something a little different on Sundays. I guess I’ll see how I feel after I post this because I’ve kind of been wandering around the house for a few hours umming and ahhing about it, but what's life without a little risk?
I apologise in advance for the mass amount of writing and I'll put a disclaimer now that this is not supposed to come off as depressing in the slightest but if you want you can just skip ahead to the recipe because this breakfast is so delicious. It’s one of those foods where you almost feel like you’re being bad but it’s healthy for you and it kind of tastes more like dessert than breakfast which is a win win in my book. What more could you ask for on a Sunday morning? Anyway, onto the waffling.
My life has been kind of strange as of late. I don’t normally talk about things like this, especially on here because well, this is about food not what’s going on in my brain. My outlook on life has shifted recently, I mean not far, I’ve always had these thoughts but sometimes they get a little lost and I lose my way but recently they were sort of spurred into action.
I have a lot of crazy dreams, maybe I should talk about them some time, but on top of the bizarre dreams I have about a week ago I had one where I tried to kill myself. HOLD UP JUST A SECOND, this is not some dark twisted story, there’s no depression, no horrific event, it was actually all really peaceful. Just bear with me a second.
I’d skipped school, or uni, or work or whichever obligation I had that day and I went for a walk instead, there’s thing’s I’ll skip over because they’re not all that important, but I ended up walking in a park and I don’t particularly know how I got there or what happened but I was sitting crossed legged at the bottom of a river, the water was as clear as a swimming pool and I was looking up at all the people walking along the bank. I can’t exactly remember if people were looking at me or if they all carried on walking I think it was a mixture of both but I felt the air disappear from my lungs, I breathed in a little air from the water and felt it all disappear again and I was calm, there was no panic and I felt this pull and I eventually swam to the surface and walked home, a little soggy might I add but not dripping. It wasn’t traumatic, it wasn’t a big deal I actually went to thank someone on my way home, no idea who they were though because I couldn't find them.
So I had this dream on a Friday and I woke up thinking it was a little weird but didn't think much of it and I went about my day but I was laying in bed that night thinking about it, I guess I think dreams have meanings but I never try to analyse them I just write them down, laugh about them with a friend and get on with my life. About a week or two before all this happened I had actually had a conversation with a friend about dream meanings because she is definitely more into it than me so I decided to Google it; cliff notes version it usually symbolises personal change or the end or beginning of something.
I guess telling you this dream wasn’t all that needed but since that dream I’ve had this very weird mixture of anxiousness and strong excitement and motivation. It’s hard to explain because I don’t think those things typically go together.
I’m a very indecisive person who will procrastinate at any cost and for a while now there’s been a lot of things that need to be straightened out in my life (in code that means my whole life, I need to sort my life out) and I’ve just been putting off pretty much everything for whatever reason because I have this very “eh, it’ll happen when it happens” attitude towards things. When I woke up on Saturday I had this drive, and even though I actually went out with my parents, saw my granddad and didn’t get anything that productive done, I woke up the next day and the drive was still there. It’s like a switch flicked in my brain that I’m just wasting time, I’m wasting time wasting time and I’m not going to get anywhere if I don’t start doing what I want to do.
I whole heartedly feel you should be doing something you love, I realise there are things you always have to do that you don’t particularly want to but bigger picture, if you’re not doing something you love you’re wasting your time. You should create a life you want, not wait for it to find you.
Even though my week hasn’t been all focus and productive, things feel different. This feeling doesn’t feel forced, things feel lighter, and easier, and more exciting. I feel like I took control without even trying and even thought I have no clue what I’m doing I know I want to put the work in to get to where I want to be even though where that is is constantly changing. If I work hard and it doesn’t work out that’s okay, at least I tried.
I guess what I’m trying to say (to you, but to myself as well) is don’t waste your time on something that doesn’t make you happy, and even if things aren’t working out now, at some point they will and it doesn’t mean you should give up regardless of what anyone says. Find that thing that excites you and motivates you, and work hard at it. Just take things as they come, the best things are usually unplanned, appreciate everything you have but don’t settle because where you are is just okay. Just enjoy life, if you’re feeling down, remember there’s so much more than your town, and the people in it and the things you see every day; there’s a whole world out there, and you can do anything you want to.
Enough of the life babble, let's get to the food!
You will need
Yogurt (I used almond & soy yogurt but any plain yogurt will work)
Side note: I haven't included amounts because it completely depends on the size of your glass, the size of your strawberries and your preferred ratio of yogurt to fruit to granola.
Slice strawberries and layer on the bottom of a small glass or ramekin. Add on a few spoonfuls of yogurt. Mash strawberries and place in a small dish add a few spoonfuls of yogurt and mix, (you may want to add a drop of honey or agave syrup to sweeten a little but I personally don't think it needs it) and spoon on top of the previous layer of yogurt. Add a few spoonfuls of granola, an extra dollop of yogurt, blueberries and to finish grate or shave chocolate on top.