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Let’s really talk about life.

Last post was about internet and blogging, and that’s only a little slice of this giant cake called existence. (How can I so easily go melodramatic?)

I’m twenty and something years old, and sometimes I still wander about what I want to do when I’m gonna grow up. Surprise surprise, I’m already a grown-up, yet I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. I know you may be in the same situation, so this post is for you.

(No, don’t think I’m gonna write some revealing truth that’s gonna change your life, I’m here only for some company.)

Watching Girlboss was like looking into a mirror. A girl in her twenties that doesn’t know what to do with her life? That’s me! Don’t like conventional jobs, don’t want to adapt to social standards and so on. Which doesn’t mean we don’t want to do anything for the whole life, we just don’t want to do what we are expected to.

I know I want to bake, shoot, write, but that’s a very difficult career. Everybody has a blog nowadays and being noticed is almost impossible. So I’m still trying to figuring out a B-plan. (Ok, I already have a B-plan if I totally fail in this society: going to a tropical island in order to open a stand that sells organic fruit smoothies. Oh yes.)

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There’s so many things I’d like to do! But they’re all related with art, and art doesn’t use to pay the bills. Remember: never choose art. No, I’m joking, art rocks. But my mother was right when she convinced me to go to language high school instead of art high school. You need to do something to pay the bills while slowly going closer to your life dream.

Sadly, languages don’t pay the bills anymore, unless you dedicate your life to them, like a friend of mine did (she rocks writing subtitles for tv programs). I’m not so dedicated to what was, for me at least, a B-work, so I did nothing with my languages knowledge, but writing this blog.

Then bakery came, and I loved it. I loved the time I spent in Pastry Academy, best months ever, but then I got into real world and that’s another thing. I felt like Harry Potter out of Hogwarts. Or well, like I think he should have felt. Ok, perhaps things were easier for him, as he was the one who defeated Voldemort, but I guess he have thought “All right, I had so much fun, but now I’m into the real world. An adult. What should I do now there’s no evil to fight and no homeworks to do?”.

When a dream ends, you have to find another dream and try to live it, but reality sucks sometimes and you have to face the most hard truth: you need to pay the bills. I thought bakery was going to pay the bills for me, but it worked only occasionally. So I ended up doing a lot of other things in order to earn some money and, well, here I am. Baking for passion by my own, sharing with you, still dreaming and trying to find a balance between dreams and reality. And babysitting, because it pays the bills while allowing me to have the free time I need. And because I love children.

Well, that’s a lot about me to say and share, so… what about you? Do you have a life dream you’re trying to pursue while doing something else just to earn some money? Or you’re so lucky your life dream rocks and pays the bills?

(Do I look too obsessed about bills?)

Don’t know what dessert goes right with bills, so here a random recipe! Cookies always look good.

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RICE AND MILK COOKIES RECIPE

Ingredients:

• 120 g sunflower or peanut oil
• 150 g sugar
• 1 egg
• 100 g milk (vegetable milk if you need it to be dairy free)
• 150 g rice flour*
• 1 pinch of salt
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 200 g flour

*you can grind rice by yourself: cookies will be crunchier with some harder bites – it’s up to your taste.

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180° C.

In a stand mixer with your leaf attachment, beat oil with sugar until perfectly combined. If you don’t have a stand mixer, use electric whisk or a bowl, wooden spoon and a little bit of elbow grease.

Add egg and go on beating. Same thing with milk.

If you have chosen ground rice, drop it into the bowl and stir, then add sieved flour, baking soda and salt.

If you have chosen rice flour, sieve it with the other dry ingredients, then add to the batter and beat a little more.

Drop the batter into a pastry bag with a wide (8 mm or so) star tip and pipe at your taste on prepared baking trays. If you don’t have a pastry bag, spoon the batter on prepared baking trays.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes.

Why should I add a pinch of salt to every dessert? Is it really necessary?

No, it isn’t. But you have it, so why don’t? Salt intensify the perception of sweetness in a dessert and that’s why in most of my recipes you will find it as an ingredient.

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