Lately I’ve been avoiding writing by reading books about not avoiding writing. Most recently, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. Oh stop it, I can hear you laughing through the screen. The irony’s not lost on me.
Working my way through the book (it’s a quick read if you’re looking for a procrastination tool of your own), I kept flipping back to one part:
Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you’re feeling massive Resistance, the good news is, it means there’s tremendous love there too. If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.
The more Resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you—and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.
I’m still mulling that one over. Don’t we avoid doing some things that terrify us because we don’t actually want to do them? Food for thought, in any case. And, while we’re at it, here’s some food for eating too.
- 140 g walnuts
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 40 g water
- A sprinkle of fleur de sel
- 125 g all-purpose flour
- 125 g quick oats
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 140 g salted butter, at room temperature
- 140 g brown sugar
- 115 g granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 140 g of dark chocolate chips
- Candied walnuts (from above)
- Preheat your oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Spread the walnuts out on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Check them often near the end because burnt walnuts are seriously the worst. Set them aside to cool.
- Combine the white sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed skillet. (At this point, you'll want to chop your nuts as finely as you'd like them to be in your cookies.) Now stir in the nuts and cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
- After a few minutes, the sugar will start to crystallize. Lower the heat slightly and keep stirring, doing your best to coat the nuts with any syrup that's pooling at the bottom. When the syrup begins to take on an amber shade, sprinkle the nuts with a generous pinch of fleur de sel and then dump them onto a baking sheet to cool.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda and baking powder.
- In a second medium-sized bowl, beat the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.
- Last but not least, stir in the chocolate chips and candied walnuts.
- Reheat your oven to 180 °C (350 °F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a small scoop (no. 30 size) to measure out equal portions, leaving lots of room for the cookies to spread.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cookies are dark golden brown.
- Let them cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.