A lot of granola.
And then cry over a huge batch that burnt in the process.
Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. Like overcooking eggs, burnt toasts, baking disasters etc. Juggling daily responsibilities definitely takes a lot of toll on the creativity too.
Which brings me to baffle about how others seem to have this preconceived notion about how some of us have this so-called “perfect life”.
Just because I blog about food, talk about food, heck, live my life surrounded by food and consistently updating Facebook about our meals — doesn’t sum up perfection. In fact, our life is a far cry from perfection.
And we are fine with that
Who needs a perfect life anyways. That would just spell BORING. Tell me I’m right about this
Like this platter of disastrous granola. I mean, how simple can baking a granola be that I ended up burning a large batch? I did warn you about my baking skills many times, so which part of this makes it looks like I have a “perfect life”?
OK, fine. I love food styling and I spend a huge chunk of my time, sweat (and money!) to perfect the look I want to achieve over a recipe. That’s a lot of hard-work, my dear. Where does it spell “perfection”?
I’m flattered, thank you, but perfection doesn’t work when I have a pile of dirty laundry and dishes, awaiting to be tackled. And how my to-do list just gets longer each passing day.
Just pointing out the reality and obvious, my friends
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1 cup of cooked quinoa
- 1.5 cup of mix nuts and seeds (i used walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower, poppy, chia and sesame seeds.)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried raisins
- Preheat oven to 315F. Prepare 3 baking sheets.
- In an extra large bowl add oats, quinoa, mixed nuts + seeds. Stir everything to combine.
- Add maple syrup, honey, coconut butter in a small saucepan. Heat it over medium-low. Stir to melt ingredients and combine. You want the mixture to liquify. Once it does liquifies, remove from heat. Add in salt and vanilla extract.
- Pour liquid into huge bowl with dry ingredients. Stir everything to combine.
- Proportionate the granola mix onto 3 baking trays. Spread evenly to allow even baking and browning.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Rotate baking trays and toss granola every now and then in between baking time. Also, watch granola very closely to avoid burn.
- Once granola has toasted and browned evenly, remove from oven and allow granola to cool completely before tossing in dried raisins and storing in an airtight container.
- Serve it atop yogurt, oatmeal or fruit. Enjoy!
Now that I’ve complained about my ridic baking skills and how imperfect my life is — it’s time for you to rant.
What is your list of imperfection? What are your tips when it comes to baking? Help me!
On that note, have a great weekend my friends