It was cold outside. The winds were howling, the ground was covered with icy snow, and the sky was dark.
The lights were bright. They shone from slanted rectangles, they stood stark against the black barred ceiling. The inside contrasted with the scene beyond the glass windows; one could see in here. Under the sterile lighting one could read, write, type, and glem information from the world wide web. She was inside, but despite the contrast with the outside, she felt cold.
Here she was subjected to reading feverishly, typing faster than the tick of the clock, and developing expertise through an unviewable connection to the outside world. The concrete Turkey offered warmth and the tools of learning that the 21th century had to offer. But she still felt cold; she was trapped.
She had entered the Turkey with the intention to learn, to solve problems, but the concrete had acted more as a nuisance than structural barriers. She looked out the steel-encased window and at the snow, with her wool coat draped over her and her red mittens on her hands she would be warm.
Recently I’ve been having a lot of thoughts about the value of education, especially the value of business education within the classroom. There is a notion that classroom education, university degrees, equates to smarts or competency but I feel knowledge cannot be measured by the GPA or the title on the certificate alone. Sitting alone at Robarts at 1AM while working on an international “group” paper alone somehow inspired this little sketch about my feelings about the confines of the traditional classroom education. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take classes that challenge students to complete practical projects and I believe more of this needs to be implemented.
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When I was younger, much younger, my relatives would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I would always answer that I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t know if being an writer meant writing the next great Canadian novel, journalistic articles or even the jiggles in TV commercials. Either way, my relatives laughed at my answer and told me to stop being silly.
As the years went by, the aspirations to be a writer dissolved. Instead, I set out on a path anchored by the subjects that are considered by society to be the leading opportunities for employment. In the last few years I have written countless papers and reports examining subjects from the rise in consumerism in China in the post-Mao era to the cultural aspects of a multinational company’s region specific ad to the similarities of two of the largest forest fire catastrophic failures of all time. But it wasn’t until a business writing course and a business design course that I realized I have the desire to share the crazy in my mind and that writing is my preferred medium to enhance creativity.
I am now rebranding a blog I started many years that I had frequented at irregular intervals. I am now on a mission to create, share, and discover. Join me on this journey to become a writer and spark conversation.
Post-Christmas may not be the best time for your waistline to create more delicious treats but these Baked Apple Cider Donuts are delightful bundles of low-fat joy. True story: I feel no guilt even after eating 2-3 of these in one sitting.
A while back my roommates bought a few too many liters of apple cider for a team event. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade and when your roommates buy a few too many liters of apple cider you make Baked Apple Cider Donuts. These donuts were by far the best ones I’ve ever made, these were gobbled up with minutes by the roommates who had just returned from a trip down to Cornell. A few days later I made another batch upon heavy requests.
I based my recipe on one from theFauxMartha – using what I had in my cupboards and improvising a bit along the way.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Makes 7 donuts
- 1/3C + 2 tbsp apple cider
- 1C all-purpose flour
- 1/4C sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- coconut oil spray
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/4C apple cider
- 1/3 C sugar, toss it into the magic bullet to make it superfine
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Place the apple cider and butter into a small bowl and heat until butter is melted – if you add the melted butter to the apple cider the butter will solidify before it can be incorporated. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl whisk the sugar, maple syrup, and egg. Add in the apple cider and butter mixture and mix until well blended. Incorporate the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt until just combined.
4. Spray the donut pan with the coconut oil spray and ladle the batter until each donut mold is 2/3 full.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes (theFauxMartha only needed 7 minutes for her donuts but my oven needed 20-25 minutes). Let cool for 2-3 minutes before attempting to remove donuts from pan.
6. Once again, place the apple cider and butter into a small bowl and heat until the butter is melted. In a separate wide and shallow bowl, combine the super-fine sugar and cinnamon. Dip each donut into the apple cide and butter mixture before dipping it into the cinnamon sugar. Set aside until all donuts are dipped and serve warm!