The Sweet Side of Quarantine

“All SAS high school students will earn letter grades for Semester Two”

“We are going to plan on having an all virtual commencement. To the degree that it is safe for us to do so, we hope to be able to have as many in-person elements as is possible when the time comes.”

“High School Distance Learning Continues”

Students have been receiving a ton of emails and notifications that informs them about changes happening during COVID-19 pandemic. In this unprecedented time, we have to admit that our moods can be easily changed by those informations. Some are despondent because they will not be able celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends in person. Others might be stressing out about all these new changes on APs and SAT that they were planning to take on paper.

We can’t change the decisions that are already made, but there’s something that we can. Adding a little bit of sweetness at this time might bring you out of your depressing mood. Here are some easy-to-make receipt that only uses the material everyone has. Give yourself a little break from your screen and make dessert!

1. Microwave Chocolate Cupcake

Why does chocolate make you happy? Study shows that chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins in your brain, a chemical that can make you feel delighted. A Microwave Chocolate Cupcake can light up your monotonous afternoon!

Photo Credit:https://casaveneracion.com/microwave-chocolate-cupcakes/

Materials Needed:

  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • one egg
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp milk

Step 1: Add all of these ingredients above into a cup or mug.

Step 2: Mix them until all the ingredients are combined in the cup.

Step 3: You can choose to add one piece of chocolate into this cupcake by putting the chocolate into the mixture.

Step 4: Microwave for 1.5 mins to 2 mins.

And, you are done! You can make this chocolate cupcake in about 7 mins. It is definitely a great snack to eat after a full day of distant learning.

2. Fruit Mochi

Mochi is a kind of Japanese rice cake, and it is made of mochigome. It is typically white and chewy. This dessert is easy to make and to keep. Normally, you can keep them in the fridge up to three days.

Photo Credit:https://www.justonecookbook.com/strawberry-daifuku/

Materials needed:

  • 125g Glutenous Rice Flour
  • 35 g Corn Starch
  • 55g Sugar
  • 200g Milk
  • 15g Hot water
  • 25g Butter
  • Prepare any fruits that you would like to add inside of the mochi: mangos, Oreos, strawberries
  • Whipping Cream

Step 1: Melt the sugar with hot water, and add milk into mixture. Then, add in Glutenous Rice Flour and Corn Starch. Mix till smooth.

Step 2: Microwave the mixture for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3:Melt the butter into liquid. You can use the microwave to do this step.

Step 4: Add the liquid butter into the mixture, and mix the mochi paste with butter. Put the mixture into the fridge for half an hour.

Step 5: Take the paste out of the fridge after 30 minutes, and take one spoon of the paste (around 30g). Flatten the mochi pasta into a circle. Add Cream and Fruits in the middle of the circle.

Step 6: Pitch the paste until the cream and fruits are all covered.

This might take up to 40 minutes. However, you can enjoy the process of making it with your family together to see who can pinch the mochi the best. These process are wonderful for you and your family to spend time together during this quarantine time.

3. Cocacola Slushie

Are you sick of drinking iced coke? Here’s a easy way to transform it into a Slushie!

Photo Credit:https://casaveneracion.com/microwave-chocolate-cupcakes/

Materials Needed:

  • Coke (Other types of soda should work with this receipt as well)
  • Fridge

Step 1: Shake the coke until you see bubbles at the top of the cup

Step 2: Put it into your freezer for 2 hours.

Step 3: Take it our of your freezer and shake the cup once.

And, here’s the Coca Cola Smoothie! This would be a great choice in Singapore to cool down yourself anytime.

You should definitely try those receipts out whenever you feel like to. If you find those baking process interesting, maybe it is a great time for you to dig for more difficult receipts. Maybe, baking will become one of your secret talent! For side notes, please avoid unessential trips during this circuit breaker time. Our health care workers, Enforcement Officers (EOs) and Ambassadors are trying their hardest to fight against the Coronavirus. If there’s one thing that we can do for them, it will be to stay at home, avoid all unnecessary interactions and respect our social workers.

Author: Lily Pan

Lily (Jiaqi) Pan is currently a senior and this is her second year working for The Eye. She loves creative writing and enjoys voicing out her opinions on public issues. For Lily, The Eye is a valuable platform to engage with SAS campus activities and build on school culture. She is excited to continue her editorial journey at The Eye and produce quality work for the campus community. For news tips and questions, you can contact Lily at pan48091@sas.edu.sg.

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