I love you the most ...Mom.
6 words that tugged my heart... those 6 words uttered, breathe the much needed O2 to fill up my lungs and my head.
Just when I thought I was way over, having to deal with tantrums, Terrible 2's, soldiered on ...ten plus few years ... another set of emotional roller coaster ride, looked me in the eye... TEENS (and their raging hormone).
I once asked D ; "Why is it teen (aka you) love to argue/ disagree and annoy their mom (aka me) so much?"
His quick answer.." ...because you are MOM!!!" awww... thank you very much, that supposed to make me feel better.
He didn't make any sense at that time ... I thought he was pulling my leg.
(phew... thank God that he was no longer in that 'Terrible Teen' phase)
Almost at that exact age of 15 going to 16 before reaching 17... E started to behave exactly like ...well, you know ... TEENS!!!
Challenging my every word, questioning my every action, pouting and long faces when I beg to differ...
If looks could kill, I'd be sliced and dead a million times over!!!
... "this can't be happening" again, I heard a faint voice inside my head...
I turned to Mr Google to shed some light on "Moms and Teens" relationship, specifically Mom and daughter.
Apparently Mom is the only person that teens will vent, take out their anger, frustration, because of her unconditional love towards her children. No matter what circumstances she might be in; be it stress, strain, she'll have her kids in her arms again in no time, once the emotional roller coaster ride has come to a complete cycle and stop.
Teens will not pull the same stunts with fathers, teachers or peers...worried of repercussion and shunned by their own social circles.
In a nut shell... We, the Moms, are their punching bag!!! ouch...
Rewind some 30 odd years ago....
I would not, dare not, repeat... dare not show any Teens Tantrums with my mom, she'd have me straightened up in no time with 'cane' in her hand / Malay word ~ rotan mari...
In her quiet...tired moment, resting in my arms... she whispered
"I love you the most ...Mom"...
tears in my eyes, ... I must have done something right after all...
Handling teens are like making these beautiful pretzel...
We measured, mixed basic ingredients; flour, yeast, water, knead and give it much love... hope that it will rise to the occasions... and when it does, it was worth every effort we put in... and if it doesn't... well, we just have to try and try again...and not to give up hope.
Have a lovely long weekend, Peeps.
Alton Brown's Soft Pretzel
620 g Bread flour
375 ml plus 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
50-55 g butter (melted)
7 g yeast
2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg for egg wash
10 liter water
2/3 cup baking soda
some shredded tasty cheese
- Mix lukewarm water, yeast and sugar.
- Leave it aside for 5 minutes.
- Yeast will react with sugar and will start to foam.
- Mix flour, melted butter and salt into a mixing bowl.
- Add the yeast mixture.
- Using the dough hook and mix all the ingredients until well combined, smooth and doesn't stick to the side of the bowl.
- Transfer the dough into a clean well oiled bowl (or transfer to a plate, clean the mixing bowl, oil it and put the dough back). cover with Glad wrap.
- Leave it to rest and rise (at least double in size) for at least 50-55 minutes.
- Pre heat the oven to 180C.
- Bring 10 liter water mix with baking soda to boil.
- Prepare the baking tray, either use the parchment paper or silpat.
- Divide the dough into 8. Roll into a 0.5m long rope. and shape your pretzel.
- Gently lower the pretzel into the boiling pot of baking soda water and leave it for 30 seconds.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the pretzel onto a lined baking tray.
- Brush with egg wash, sprinkle either with salt, tasty cheese or tasty cheese with jalapeno slices.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until it is golden and cook through.
- Transfer to cooling rack before serving.