The update milkshake

This is going to be a short little post as I’ve spent a shamefully low number of hours outside of the house in the past few days and as a result have no pictures to share!

After a bit of a tumultuous time and a few emotional breakdowns, I’m happy to report that
a) I’m back to being my usual cheery self, and
b) I have some good news on the bureaucratic front!

No – I don’t have my job back, and I still don’t know if I’ll end up getting it back at all. However, after a string of never-ending phone calls to the immigration office and the institution in charge of approving work permits (and with a lot of help from my personal hero and defendant, Pieter), I have managed to convince the job agency hag worker to just SUBMIT my application already! I realize this hardly sounds like a victory, but given her shocking reluctance to do just that, I’m willing to take what I can get. And now I can finally feel at peace, because I have done everything within my power to fix my problem.

The bright side to this little nightmare is that I have nothing but time to work on my thesis! Sounds fun? No?

I’m not complaining, though. Because of all of my free time, I got to take a little trip up North to see my wonderful friends last week. We had the intention of ‘working’ together, but – shockingly – that didn’t really happen. Instead, I laughed and relaxed and cheated a teeny little bit on my diet, and now I feel about 100 times better.

This milkshake should make you feel 100 times better, too.
I do have to confess that I am by no means the genius behind the idea of freezing banana to replace ice cream. About a week ago, Pieter’s house received some promotional fast food flyers in the mail, including coupons for McDonald’s milkshakes. Usually even the smell of McDonald’s cannot move me, but I guess being on a diet really heightens your awareness of delicious things that you can’t eat! I decided right then and there that I would have a milkshake, and a quick scour of the internet really delivered.

Here it is: the peanut butter-chocolate milkshake.
(But you could make it in any number of different flavours.)

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There isn’t really any way to make this look beautiful, so you’ll have to take my word for it: it tastes incredible!

What you’ll need:
1-2 bananas, sliced and frozen (it takes between 4 and 5 hours to get them to the right consistency, so you do have to exercise some patience … the more frozen, the better)
1/2-3/4 cup milk (or any substitute you like)
1 tbsp peanut butter
1-2 tsp honey or other sweetener
1 tbsp cocoa powder
and, if you have them/if your blender can handle them (mine sadly cannot), a handful of ice cubes

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And all you need to do is blend and, if possible, enjoy through a colourful straw.

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In hindsight, using my wooden table as a backdrop may not have been the finest artistic call I’ve ever made … I’m seriously considering naming this post ‘Fifty shades of brown’, but I’ll do my best to resist the urge.
Now, back to my milkshake and back to work!

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