That's a mouthful.
It's my birthday y'all!
I'm really excited about the fact that I'm finally 21.
First thing's first - I'm going to go get wasted.
Am I?! What? I don't know.
Though birthdays are usually a celebratory occasion, I'd like to take this post as an opportunity to reflect. A chance to ponder the choices I've made in life.
To dance and to do ballet is very trivial. It's not necessary to mankind. It doesn't bring anything to human evolution. It is merely a pursuit to create art through movement. Yet somehow, that yearning for beauty, of embodying an other-worldly ideal has defied the fact that it is not practical.
I realize that the decision to study and become a ballerina is not a path that everyone has the privilege of choosing and experiencing. Whether it was talent or pure luck that landed me where I am today, I have no idea. I can say, however, that it required a lot of hard work and sacrifice.
Everyday as ballet dancers we are working towards an unattainable goal - perfection. Knowing that it is impossible and attempting it regardless built a strength of character and an unwavering sense of determination in me.
Yet as I look around at my contemporaries in age, those who didn't choose the path I took, I can't help but be envious. I'd love to be able to have time off to go to Italy with my friends or be able to celebrate on New Year's and Christmas without having a performance or having to worry about being tired the next day.
But I know that if I could go back, I'd choose the same. I'd relive the pain, the tears and the sweat. Though it's both a blessing and a curse to love what I do so much, in the end it's made me a more sensitive, strong and mature person than I would have been otherwise.
I would've never guessed that I'd be a ballet dancer in Berlin if you'd asked me ten years ago, yet it's hard for me to imagine a life without ballet now. Ballet has allowed me to travel places I'd never have the guts to go to, it's helped me meet some of the most interesting people around, and most importantly, it's allowed me to express myself in a way that is universally understood.
So, I encourage you to whole-heartedly follow what you love, no matter how hard it might be, because it's the only way you can truly live without regrets. As Drake once said: #YOLO.
Soooo that was a bit too deep. Let's celebrate with cookies.
In food, as in life, it's good to give in to your indulgences every once in a while, which is why this recipe, an amalgamation of my three favorite kinds of cookies (oatmeal-raisin, peanut butter, and chocolate chip), is perfect.
One batch of these makes enough to feed a village, so why not make a double batch?
Spread the love.
Share these cookies with your co-workers, bring them to your loved ones, gobble them up all by yourself - the possibilities are endless. Just don't feed them to the neighbor's begging dog.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
**Makes 3 dozen small cookies** 125 g butter 175 g peanut butter 250 g sugar 1 egg 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 200 g flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp cinnamon generous pinch of salt 100 g rolled oats 75 g raisins 100 g dark chocolate, cut in to chunks
Using a hand blender or standing mixer, whisk the two butters together with the sugar. Continue blending whilst adding the egg, and then add the milk and vanilla extract.
Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small mixing bowl and then add to the wet mixture. Mix well.
Fold in the rest of the ingredients and put in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
Scoop out tablespoon-size balls of cookie dough. Place them on a cookie sheet about an inch and a half apart.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
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