Rice Porridge – For Fighting the Flu

November 29, 2017

Dear Readers,

Tis’ the season to be healthy, and jolly. But here I am, high with the fever, coughing my lungs out, and a throat too sore. With my current health condition, eating is becoming more of a struggle. My appetite is just not the same and I’ve been very picky of what food I want to eat.

Ever since I was a little girl, a delicious, home-made, warm rice porridge is my favorite thing to eat while sick. Since it is the “flu-season”, here’s an easy rice porridge recipe for you all!

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Ingredients: 

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-2 cups rice

-5 cloves minced garlic

-1 ginger full sized

-1 onion

-1 & 1/2 litres of water

-1.2 kg chicken legs

-2 tablespoons fish sauce

-2 tablespoons salt

-green onions

-4 hardboiled eggs

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BEGIN: 

1.) Sautée onions, garlic and ginger with olive oil

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2.) Add chicken and cook until they turn brown. Cook for 15 minutes.

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3.) Add 1 litre of water. Bring to a boil.

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4.) Add rice as soon as the water starts boiling.

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5.) Add the remaining 1/2 litre of water. Season with fish sauce and salt. Let it boil for 10 minutes, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for 3o minutes.

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6.) Make hardboiled eggs (optional). Chop green onions and add to the rice porridge. Chop a little bit more for garnish.

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I hope you all stay warm and cozy this winter season! May the flu stay away from you!

ENJOY!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

Reflections of a 4th Year Uni Kid

November 14, 2017

Dear Readers,

4th year of university is a beautiful combination of fear and excitement. Excitement as in you’re so close to being done with school – and the feeling of accomplishment and success is maximized each day as you get closer to graduation day… yet the fear exists as you transition into the stages of adulthood, as in the fear of “growing up”, from job hunting to moving out, to going to work religiously from Mondays to Fridays, all the while paying for your adult bills and student loans.

It’s so fascinating how much time flies within the years you spend in university. I spent 4 autumns studying the mesmerizing world of accounting. I spent four falls and four winters going to campus, studying, drinking my half steeped tea-half french vanilla from Tims, 4 falls and 4 winters worth of stressing about assignments, tests, midterms, and finals. 4 cold winters of driving 20 to 30 minutes everyday on the icy roads of Sarcee Trail and Crowchild. 4 falls and 4 winters of lectures…. note taking…. socializing…. growth… and discovering myself.

Without a doubt, I wouldn’t had wanted it any other way.

During the past 4 years, I made friends, and created enemies too. I met plenty of outstanding individuals, such as Professor Shiraz Kurji who had impacted my life beyond knowledge and pushed me towards self-discovery. I met people who inspires me everyday, and people who had inspired me at times wherein I needed it the most. In the last four fall semesters I spent in Mount Royal University, this fall semester is perhaps the best one.

This fall, with the sight of graduation day inching closer and closer, I find myself more determined to graduate. My desire to conquer everything I have not yet conquered in university is heightened. The new Riddell library is like my second home lately, and the communities around Mount Royal safeguards my car for the day. The gym is like my escape room – a place wherein I can find peace through running on the treadmill. The hallways seem so familiar, yet becoming more unfamiliar each day as newer faces comes in and out. EVERYTHING about this LAST FALL SEMESTER is a mix of joy and sad.

So far, I had learned how to budget my money, prepare my food, wake up early, be punctual, how to send a professional e-mail, file my taxes, balance a balance sheet, prepare financial statements, be a team player, how to lose and gain weight, where to park for free around campus, best times to study, and SO MUCH MORE.

But the best lesson I learned so far, is that time flies fast.

At the beginning, four years of university seemed like a stretch. 4 years seemed too long. Now, as a student in her 4th year, I’m looking back at the past years and questioning myself, “how did time fly so fast….”

For the newbies, the “first year brats”, believe me when I say, “You have so much to learn with so little time”.

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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