Disclaimer: I’m writing this from my phone and plan to go back and add some pictures in the next day or so.
I think I’m experiencing reverse culture shock. Which is funny because I didn’t even get forwards culture shock when I got to Berlin. I feel like I’m moving 100 miles an hour and everyone around me is stuck doing 35.. So I’m trying to pull them along with me, to get them up to my speed, but they’re just dragging me down to theirs instead. So I’ve got that feeling in my stomach like I’ve hit the brakes too hard.
In Berlin I was my own person, on my own schedule (or maybe on BVG’s schedule). Public transportation is a godsend, let me tell you. I could go anywhere in the city at pretty much any time. So coming back to this tiny town and sharing one car with my mother and sister is a logistical nightmare.
Honestly I think staying in Boston would have made for an easier readjustment process.. Being home is just so stressful.
Well, that got awfully personal and depressing. On a lighter note, today I simultaneously made two delicious recipes. One I have made many times before, that’s my cashew chia pudding. It’s really just as simple as cashew milk, maple syrup, and chia seeds.
- Soak the cashews for a few hours (I just leave them overnight)
- Blend the cashews with some water. I’ve heard as much as 1:4 (cashews to water) but I use much closer to 1:1.. You’ll just have to experiment with the consistency
- Add maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a bit of salt to taste.
- Pour the mixture through a fine strainer. I find it takes about 3 passes through to get the pulp out.. Maybe more depending on your patience!
- Add a few tablespoons of chia seeds to the nut milk and let it chill overnight. I like to add some fruit when I eat it!
Now don’t you go throwing away all that wonderful cashew pulp! Today I finally found a great use for it: energy balls!
- Chop up some medjool dates (like, 8) and put them through the food processor with some of the nut paste (like, half a cup) and some oats (like, 1/4 cup). Pardon the lack of specific measurements, it really depends on what you like!
- Add a few spoonfuls of chia seeds and a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder. Keep adding as much nut paste as it needs to stay soft
- It will most definitely form a big gooey ball in your food processor, but try to break it up with a spoon or something and keep blending it.
- Let it chill in the fridge for a few hours if you’d like. Makes it easier to work with!
- Roll your delicious goop into balls, then roll them in some food-processor-ed oats, then refrigerate again.
- Try not to eat them all in one sitting!
So ja, they end up having the consistency of cookie dough (which makes them a great way to satisfy that craving without raw eggs and boatloads of butter and crap). Probably not the healthiest snack but they sure are tasty and at least a bit healthy, and full of protein! Next time I want to try adding flax seeds… If anyone has some good recommendations for making these a little less goopy, I’d love to hear about it!