I started my postgrad course last week and now I have a 2 hour commute, each way, to look forward to for the next year. I stumble out of bed at 5am and although I am a morning person, even I’m not happy about this. I can now brush my teeth half asleep, but haven’t quite yet mastered eating breakfast on my lap on the tube. It’s already so hard, and I’m already so tired from the lack of sleep, the journey and work itself. I don’t get home till late in the evening, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else, except I’m getting a lot of reading done during my journeys. Please recommend more books in the comments section, thanks. I could probably catch up on sleep whilst on the tube, but I don’t like to sleep with my lenses in – too many scare stories and how on earth would I find the time to schedule in a trip to the ER? Also, I’m pretty sure if I fall asleep someone will take my picture or draw on my face, or something.
Do I sound grumpy? Because I’m not. Despite it all I’m actually very very happy. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and incredibly excited. I knew what I was signing up for and while the start has been a little bumpy, I don’t think it’ll be long till I find my stride – okay so I’ll never get used to waking up at 5 am, but the rest I can deal with and I just know it’s going to be a good year. While a lot of my friends are still figuring out what to do with this next stage of their life, I definitely feel a sense of relief having some kind of plan set in place. Sorry, guys, I don’t mean to gloat. The process wasn’t easy though – securing work experience was a nightmare and delayed my application by several months as well as eliminted so many institutions I was planning on applying for because they had reached full capacity. I hadn’t been to an interview in 4 years (please add shopping for interviews to my list of things I do not like) and the first one I attended I crashed and burned. My second intervew was worse – they asked me to pretend I was a crab. Huh? A what? Uuuummm. Okay. I make a terrible crab but I swear my penmanship is on point and I can organise like a boss.
I had an exam the day before my third interview, and I remember debating whether it was even worth going to it. The interview, not the exam, of course. Applying during my exams was pretty silly of me (but I had been planning on applying earlier remember?) and because of it I didn’t feel prepared for either. Do I study or prep for my interviews? The next morning I slept past my alarm and thought maybe it was a sign I shouldn’t go. But, as my friend pointed out, “this could be the one”, and while failure doesn’t scare me, I really hate losing opportunities because I was too afraid to try. So I got dressed in record time and ran. And 2 days later I was in. Moral of the story: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.
My parents are still coming to terms with my crushing their dreams of their brilliant and smart daughter not going into medicine. Yeah, typical Asian parents. Hey, it’s not racist when I say it. But medicine was always their dream. This one is mine. Except I didn’t realise it would start at 5am, but that’s okay (kind of).
Because I’m still adjusting to my new schedule, I have something real easy for you. It’s also pretty cheap and I’m a broke student so that works out well. I made them a few weeks ago and will probably be making them regularly because, you know, 5 am starts, overworked, unpaid, stress-y, real overwhelmed … yeah all that stuff.
You only need three ingredients: nutella, banana and puff pastry. I always prefer to make thing from scratch, but I cheated and used shop bought puff pastry this time – hey, don’t judge – because I felt like I deserved to take it easy so gave myself a free pass. The hazelnuts are optional but I really think it’s an option you should roll with. Also, if you want you can go ahead and make your own puff pastry, but really why?
- 1 sheet (320g) puff pastry, thawed
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ cup nutella
- Optional: handful of hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas mark 7.
- Cut the puff pastry sheet into 6 equal rectangles, and set aside 3 of them. On the remaining 3, place banana, followed by dollops of nutella. Then place one of the rectangles of puff pastry you had set aside on top of the nutella. Seal the two rectangles of pastry together by pressing the edges with a fork. Place the pies onto a baking tray lined with greasproof paper and leave in the oven for approx. 25-30 minutes or until they have turned golden brown.
- Once baked, top with more nutella. Optional: add a sprinkle of hazelnuts on top. Best served warm.
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