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Going to college only forty-five minutes away from home had some serious perks. It was far enough away to avoid parent drop-bys, but close enough that I could see them whenever I wanted. I remember my first time visiting home since going off to college, and realizing how luxurious my home actually was. Home-cooked meals, a room to myself, a comfy living area with a nice TV, a backyard, and being with the people I felt most comfortable with: my family.
Growing up, orange pumpkins were only meant to be carved and sit on the porch for Halloween. When Thanksgiving rolled around, we used a different kind of pumpkin that came out of a can and was baked into yummy breads, cookies, and pie. How was I to know that those orange Halloween pumpkins could magically turn into a beautiful and fresh version of the canned stuff I already knew and loved?
I should probably just call these the “let’s get back on track and stop eating so much chocolate” bites. But, I wouldn’t want to get your hopes up by including chocolate in the title. With the discovery of all my food intolerances, I’ve been finding comfort in the fact that I am not allergic to dark chocolate. Thank heavens! My saving grace! But when I found myself reaching for chocolate before noon, afternoon, and post dinner, comfort had slowly transformed into a bad habit that needed to be addressed.
I know, I know. I already did a chia seed pudding recipe. But, but, it is just that good! Especially for a non-dairy eater…like me. It’s sad but true. I gave up dairy for real this time (well, let’s say 90% of the time). The milk industry lied to me all those years. Milk products don’t do my body any good. I stopped eating and drinking most dairy about a month ago. The good news is that I have a lot more energy and have even lost a few pounds because of it. The bad news is that I still want pizza! Lasagna! Ice cream!
I’ve never been a huge yogurt eater, but sometimes I get an unexplainable craving for the creamy substance. Seeing as I’m laying off the dairy these days, when my yogurt craving kicked in, I didn’t know where to turn. Then I remembered chia seeds. I’d been hesitant to buy them considering the cheapest I’d found was a jar for $25 (don’t mind me still getting used to these ridiculous prices) but I got over myself and bought them anyways. These magical little seeds thicken liquids and add a little crunch, which was just what I needed to make some dairy-free creamy goodness. I added some of my strawberry rhubarb compote on top and it made great breakfast and snack. Some of you may even enjoy it as a dessert, but you all know I prefer my dessert in the form of chocolate.
Come to find out, in Switzerland and other parts of Europe, you are expected to treat on your birthday. Whether it’s a meal, drinks, or dessert, it’s up to you to foot the bill or bring something to share. I think it’s great. You get what you want on your birthday! No need to worry whether your coworkers know you well enough to buy you a chocolate cake instead of a lemon pie. And you get to go to your favorite restaurant without guilt! No one can complain about free food. Then when it’s other people’s birthdays, you just get to relax and enjoy. It seems like a win-win situation to me.
I have officially been a Swiss resident for one whole year. Where did the time go? It feels like just yesterday I arrived to a snowy and cold winter Sunday in Zurich. Thinking about my past year abroad, I can best describe it as constant learning experience. Learning a new language, new ways of doing things, a new city, how to be a better traveler, the list goes on. There are obvious things you need to learn, but then there are the things I never could have imagined that I would have to (re)learn. Like throwing out trash and recycling correctly. Or not doing laundry on Sundays as to not disturb fellow tenants on their “day of rest”. Or weighing your produce at the grocery store before getting in line (ooof they get mad about this one!).