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I have been trying to write the past few days, but I am out of words.  Perhaps, the humility of taking on such an endeavor has stolen my words.  Although my baking plans were certainly doable since I used quite a number of recipes that could be prepped in advance, I have never churned out seven very different items in a two-day span before.

Coupled with the fact that I had several last minute-changes in venue and a broken-down car, I was left frustrated and stressed over the fact I had little control over the party itself or even the completion of the entire menu.  (Some ingredients were too exotic to find, and others were not practical to make within the allotted time.)  Fortunately, my friends were kind enough to give a helping hand whether that be helping me set-up, provide a location, etc.  That’s one thing I definitely learned about bake sales: I need help even if it’s not the baking aspect!

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Bake Sale Menu

I know I haven’t mentioned the bake sale in recent weeks, but it is not forgotten!  It’s just that it’s been so hard to come up with a menu that seems cohesive and interesting simultaneously!

Plus, I have to consider the bottom line.  Although Sherry Yard has a delectable Yuzu Lemon-Lime Meringue pie, I don’t think people would be willing to fork over a premium to compensate for an $8 bottle of yuzu juice.

Here’s the tentative menu listed below, which is bound to change as I test the recipes through.  Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions what I should include or exclude, and any items you’re especially excited to see :)

Just Lychee Bake Sale Menu:

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Raisin

Sakura Sables & Almond Shortbread

World Peace Cookies & Black Sesame Cookies

Little Matcha Emeralds

Ispahan* Cupcake & Matcha Chiffon

Black Sesame Cake & Mocha Muffin

Vietnamese Coffee Jello & Cocoa Brownies

* Ispahan refers to the flavor combination of rose, lychee, and raspberry, which was made famous by Pierre Herme’s macaron.  It’s now pretty hip in Paris and has caught the eye of many Asian and French food bloggers.

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Bake Sale?

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

— James A. Froude

I will admit that I am a big dreamer.  Always have been.  My mother was always concerned with that since I never seemed grounded in reality.  I would flit from wanting to be an archaeologist to a marine biologist.  Shh!  Don’t tell her I had dreams of running away from home to study for one of the origami masters in Japan at one point!  O-O

Now that I am older, I realize it’s important to be able to realize your dream.  Otherwise, it feels as though there is this large disconnect between what I want to do and what I am told to do.  At least, trying to be a more authentic person is what I am setting out to do.

One of those childhood dreams was to hold my own bake sale.  Haha, I know bake sales are not such a big deal since many people have hosted them before, so I do want to change it up a bit and make it more difficult :)

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Change

I meant to rename my blog for a while already; however, being me, I couldn’t decide what would be a befitting title.  The original title was much too long to remember, and as much as I love Lyn Hejinian’s poetry, this blog is not about Lyn Hejinian or modern poetry or creative writing.  (FYI: The original blog title was a verse, which Hejinian used as a running theme in her book My Life.)  It is about me and my writings about food and life.

I know this title isn’t the most creative, but it is certainly encompassing all things Lychee–curious, clumsy, and all.  (Yes, the “About” page is updated.)   Haha, here’s to trying to be a more authentic person :)

P.S. My apologies for being away for so long.  My laptop is in the repair shop, so it’s harder for me to do homework let alone write entries.  Hopefully, the next few entries will be make up for the absence :P

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Epilogue: Dare to Dream

I accidentally typed “Day to Dream.”  I assure you it’s a total Freudian slip, but I can’t help to think it’s true.  Maybe the series of baking and cooking projects really should be renamed “Day to Dream.”  The funny thing is that I remember doing each individual project, so that part seemed real.  However, now that I stop to think about it, how did I make so many different things?   It all seems like a dream that whirled by.  I am not sure if that’s a good thing since that means my spring break past me by…

In any case, I am glad I had this opportunity to try different things even though some things were definitely more successful than others.  Most of that is attributed to the fact I lack culinary experience.  Therefore, I do not have the intuition or feel of just throwing ingredients into a pan and watching their flavors meld together in the pan.  Yes, I sometimes have the impression that cooking looks like a less exaggerated version of Emeril Lagasse going “Bam!” on his live cooking show…

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Dare to Dream

Pardon the lack of entries lately.  Life has been pretty hectic with interviews during the past month and midterms around the corner, but I promise that the week after will be more interesting.

Inspired by recent events, I have decided that I will spend each day of spring break learning to bake or cook something new.  By new, I mean anything from using foreign ingredients and learning new recipes.  Expect to see more savory preparations too!

Haha, I just want to try and see how well that goes :P

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