Doing nothing

I’m not very good at doing nothing. All my life I’ve dashed around in a frantic state of constant busy-ness. Work fills the weekdays, kid stuff the evenings, and weekends we ferry kids around to activities or go exploring in the highlands. Since the start of the lockdown, our weekends have changed and I’ve been forced to slow down. This has been good for me. There’s an art to doing nothing which takes time and patience to learn. I’m a long way from mastering it but I’m starting to appreciate it.

These days, I wake up on the weekends, and rather than leap out of bed in a burst of jet-propelled activity, I wander aimlessly through the house in a state of indecisiveness – should I do some cooking? Maybe I should tend to the garden or go for a bike ride? Or I could read a book or do some spring cleaning? Or I could – shock horror – just put my feet up and do nothing? What would I do if I just put my feet up and did nothing? I’d have to crochet or read. I don’t think I could literally do nothing. Can you?

I’ve been baking a lot of cakes recently. I’m stuck in a recursive cake-baking loop. A few months ago I started making my own milk from almonds. It’s so quick and easy to make and all that’s required are almonds and water. However, a byproduct of the process is almond pulp which would be a terrible waste to discard so I end up baking chocolate cakes with it. The problem is my recipe for chocolate cake requires almond milk so I end up making more almond milk for the cake which requires the baking of more cake to use the pulp which requires more almond milk which requires more cake ….. and on and on.

The plus side is the almond pulp makes a really nice chocolate cake with a lovely nutty flavour and texture.



6 thoughts on “Doing nothing”

  1. I’ve started making oat milk. Having made nut/soy milks in the past, oat has much less residue. However you would miss out on your cake if you didn’t have almond residue – I’ve had those kinds of cakes made by friends and they are pretty much the best types of cake.
    I am finding it hard not to get a sediment of thicker oats at the bottom of the milk though, do you get that with your milks?If I leave it to settle, the milk goes very thin so I just shake it every time.

    1. I would rather make oat milk but I didn’t like the taste that much. It was too oaty. Is there a trick to getting it to taste nice? There is the sediment issue and it’s the same with almond milk. I also shake it each time. The stuff you buy in stores has some kind of emulsifier in it to stop that I think.

      1. I can’t really taste the difference between oat milk and the nut milks. However whatever milk you make, it must be so much better than having all those emulsifiers, it is a real eye opener, and you quickly get used to shaking.

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