For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a morning person. When I wake up, no matter how early it is, I am flooded with joy at the day’s prospects. As a child, it was television that inspired me to rise. I’d walk out of my bedroom into a completely still house and quietly make my way downstairs, where I’d watch cartoons before the rest of my family awoke. The stations flipped with a click of the remote, switching back and forth between episodes of The Muppet Show and Ghostbusters (yes, I’m a child of the ’80s). These were my hours to get lost in mindless programs and I cherished these moments.
Since my youth, the way I spend my mornings has changed. When I’m not pressured to get out of the house, I curl up on the couch and read newspaper articles on the computer, with Maki sleeping by my side and a plate of fresh pastries on the table before me.
I like mornings because it’s my time. Time to relax and reflect, time to do what I want to do before work gets in the way. And for that short period, my mind is clear. I can think and write and read. I can sip and nibble and in no way do I feel rushed. Most importantly, I can breath. Slowly and steadily.
Sugar and Spice Popovers
Yield: 6 popovers
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, let cool slightly.
3. Combine flour and salt in bowl.
4. Make a well in the center of flour and add eggs, butter and milk. Beat until smooth.
5. Grease popover pan (spray is fine) and fill cups half way with the batter.
6. Bake for 35-40 min, or until brown and crisp.
7. Melt the additional 1 tablespoon of butter.
8. On a plate, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Brush the melted butter onto a popover and then roll it around in the sugar and spice mixture. Repeat with remaining popovers. Serve with butter and jam.