Thursday, February 20, 2014
LTT: being inappropriate
Especially when it comes to food.
Eat dinner at 7:30, fried rice is not a breakfast food, a bowl of chocolate covered almonds is not a meal. These conventions can all get so tedious and boring.
I feel like there are a lot of people out there (especially those of the food-blogging variety) who think that they're super progressive and wacky for serving breakfast for dinner. Whoa! What a rebel you are! You're eating pancakes at 5:30 (when the food-photography light is still good... I know what you're up to). However, this isn't really that progressive, it's just an excuse to do a breakfast post and not wake up early for it (fellow food bloggers, you will understand this).
Some of these "rebel" food-bloggers who do breakfast for dinner would never dream of posting something that wasn't green around St. Patrick's Day, not having a "Mother's Day Brunch Recipe Round-Up," or *gasp* posting a popsicle recipe when it's sub-20 degrees outside.
Well, today I am making a major food-blogger faux pas -- I am giving you all a popcicle recipe when it's cold enough to make popsicles outside. Also, this recipe is made with Cool Whip, another food-blogger no-no.
Thing is, I think that a lot of the time it is better to follow my intuition than do what's conventional. I am the kind of person who can whisk a meringue by hand for hours if I feel like it. I can sit in front of a computer and write for hours if I feel compelled to do so. But if I don't, it's going to be a struggle. Some of my best writing has happened at 4 a.m. when I can't sleep because an idea is keeping me awake. That being said, some of my worst writing happens at 3 p.m. when I carve out "writing time," complete with a sunny window and a vase of flowers. My room get's gut-organized when I have a math test to study for, not when I have oodles of cleaning time over a long weekend.
One could say that 4 a.m. is an inappropriate time to be tapping away at a bright desktop, or that only an idiot would deep-clean their room when they have a bunch of other (arguably more important) things to do. But it works. It gets done. I am happy. Not everything has to be regimented and routine.
Same goes with popsicles. The other day, I wasn't craving warm cookies or hot chocolate for my afternoon snack. I was craving something cool, melty and icy, so I made a batch of Nutella popsicles and ate one while walking Carly around the block. Did I get strange looks? Yes. Was it delicoius? Yes. Was it more delicous that a piping hot mug of hot cocoa? Debatable, but probably.
Do you feel constricted by seasonally appropriate recipes?
Disclaimer: I think that breakfast for dinner is a marvelous idea and "Mother's Day Brunch Recipe Round-Ups" are are nice too.
1 cup Cool Whip
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons Nutella
Place all ingredients in blender and process until combined. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until solid (about 4 hours). Enjoy!
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