SulaFest, panick attacks and food

Last week, I drove up to Nashik to watch one of my favourite bands play.
If you’ve been reading TBF for a while, you probably know about my favourite bands and one of them, is young the giant.

FUN NEWS. I GOT TO SEE THEM PLAY AND MET 2/5th of the band.

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Aaaaaaah.
I have no idea what I said to them.
Honestly.
The only thing I know I did for sure, is embarrass myself {which is typical, because that’s 50% of what I do every single day}, but I definitely said something vague and incredibly irrelevant, like how I had a math paper on Monday.
Speaking of papers, my HSC boards are 2 weeks away and I don’t know how I feel about that.
But that’s another post for another day.

So here’s what happened.
Turns out the band were staying at the same hotel we were.
I did not know this until much later.
Like, after I met them later.
Eh.
So.
I thought I saw Sameer {the lead} at the entrance of the hotel and freaked out a little but baaaaht, I wasn’t sure whether it was him so I just waited in my car, mentally preparing myself.
Eventually, I got out of the car and trudged into the hotel lobby but sobsob.
He was no where to be found. Dejected, I dragged myself back to my car, which my father now parked in front of this white van.
I got in and began to explain my dissapointment to him when my father said, “Uh. The van behind us says Young The Giant.”
I cried a little and with my heart in my throat, got out of the car.
Upon reaching the van, I stuck my head inside the open door, and made eye contact with Sameer { fun fact friends: eye contact = you are now best friends. Everyone knows that. Psh}
and I think I awkwardly said hi anf asked for a picture.
AFTER THAT I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF WHAT I SAID TO HIM OR TO JACOB WHO LATER JOINED US FOR A PHOTOGRAPH BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE MORE THAN STARSTRUCK.
I apologise to anyone I’ve ever made fun of for fangirling.

And that’s how it happened.
I made it sound overly dramatic and like an extract from a very badly written book but friends, my hands are still shaking.

FOOD:

SulaFest had some fantastic food stalls!
There were stalls by Café Zoe, Woodside Inn and Maroosh amongst others.
We got lamb burgers from Woodside
and the most tender pulled pork sliders on brioche from the Zoe stall.
So so good.
There was the ubiquitous coupon system which personally, I think is annoying.
THE COUPONS BECOME CASH LATER ANYWAY SO WHY DON’T YOU JUST TAKE CASH IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Eh.

We also ate some delicious BBQ rub fries from Zoe which I LOVED. The served them with this incredible wasabi sauce. So good.

Apart from the incredible performance { yes, I drove all the way only to watch YTG play oh my god stop being so judgy} and the food, there were loads of pretty sunflowers and cool stalls.
I wanted to buy ALL the rock LPs but guess who doesn’t have a record player?
This gal.
Sob sob.

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Bring them baaaaaack.

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m going to say this upfront.

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I’m (occasionally) allergic to peanuts.

Not always. But sometimes I choke and get a rash and can’t breathe. Not always, but sometimes.
(I was also allergic to Pepsi, but that was eons ago and all allergic tendencies vanished in a year. So there.)

Anywhooo, on days that I’m not feeling particularly allergic, I like baking with peanut butter because I have a penchant for the peanuty.
I do not fully understand why I wrote that sentence, but I refuse to delete it. It adds style to the blog.

Mmhm.

Getting back to the cookies, these are chewy and wonderful, crispy on the edges and soft on the inside. Basically the cookies of my dreams. Don’t over bake these beauties as they’ll be quite soft when you take them out, but fear not, they are not undercooked.
They’ll harden as they cool.

Obviously, dipping in chocolate is not an option. Nor are the sprinkles.

I’m watching you.

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

1 stick (100 grams) butter, softened (if using salted butter, such as Amul, omit the salt)

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

200 g dark chocolate + sprinkles to decorate

Directions:

Line/ grease a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix, you don’t want hockey pucks.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add in batches to the wet ingredients and combine gently just until a dough forms.

Chill in the fridge for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Scoop our balls of dough and press down gently with the back of a fork.

Bake for 15 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool till firm.

(Not)Optional:
Melt 200 grams of dark chocolate. Dip one edge of the cookie in and top with sprinkles.

Yessss. Mondays just got tolerable.