Sitting in a dark room — living in my head and completely detached from my body — for 10 hours a day is not a good way to get over jet lag. I have netted about 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night for the past three nights. Preoccupied with the lives of all sorts of strangers on the big screen, my present reality seems nonexistent. When I walk out of the screening room each night, I forget for a second which city I am in. I have been through more poignant or absurd or dreadful situations in the past three days than I could ever directly witness in a life time. Such is the bliss and sometimes the dreariness of movie binge watching.
I came back to my hotel room after seeing four films last night and had a good cry in the shower because I had been feeling too much and doing too little. I missed my family terribly and I longed for my kitchen.
One good thing about jet lag from the US to Asia is that I could get to the gym at 6 in the morning, which I did today. I worked out on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes and burned almost 600 calories! The gym equipment factories must make different machines for 5-star hotels, or the hotel repairman must have fixed the machines. I guess the hospitality business is all about making the guests feel so good that they come back, and they eat more Tiramisu and Panna Cotta in the hotel restaurant, which I also did after the cry in the shower and after I found out that Serangoon Road was nominated for Best Drama Series for Asian Television Awards and I was nominated for Best Actress for the show. All I needed was a little excuse to pig out and I certainly had one.
As I write this blog, I find myself fantasizing about cooking and thinking up recipes in my head like Angela used to do in Andover. I re-read this email from her from April this year – subject line: I want to talk about cooking with my mommy.
“…oh and by the way i invented my own zucchini pancake recipe that i can’t wait to try:
Zucchini Pancake Ingredients:
4 cups sliced raw zucchini, 454 g = 73
1/2 cup chopped onion, 80 g = 34
1/3 cup oat bran, 40 g = 150
4 large egg whites, 132 g = 68
1 tsp olive oil, 4 g = 40
1 tbsp garlic powder, 9 g = 28
1/4 cup pecorino romano, 28 g = 110
Zucchini Pancake Total Recipe Nutrition Information:
fat: 16 g, 6 g saturated, 1 g polyunsaturated, 3 g monounsaturated
cholesterol: 25 mg
sodium: 719 mg
potassium: 1838 mg
carbs: 57 g, 14 g fiber, 14 g sugar
protein: 37 g
vitamin a: 24%
vitamin c: 142%
Makes four servings of 126 calories each. Carb side for lunch/dinner.
i don’t know if you could tell but i really really like umami flavors. that’s why i included a full tbsp of garlic powder and an ounce of pecorino also. i think even authentic pecorino is cheaper than high-quality real parmigiano-reggiano (the real deal from parma that has a seal and everything) so that’s good. it’s tastes the same to me since i am hardly a cheese connoisseur.”
I don’t know about 1 tbsp of garlic powder. Sounds way too much, but I will try her invention with her when I get home and report the result on our blog. Can’t wait!