So, do you want to know what my typical day looks like at the moment?
5.30 am: Wake up, roll out of bed, somehow manage to do 1/2 hour of yoga
6.30 am: Have breakfast (see instagram)
7.05 am: Leave the apartment to walk to school.
7.45 am: School. Deal with crazy students.
9.15 am: Breaktime for students. Deal with more crazy students.
11.15 am: Second breaktime for students. Why do students get so many breaks!?
12.00 pm: Only 45 minutes left of crazy students.
12.45 pm: Crazy students leave. Eat lunch for 15-20 minutes, while wildly tapping around on my laptop’s strangely dirty keyboard, writing up some pop quizzes for crazy students.
1.15 pm: Listen to older teachers tell you smart things. Pretend to be awake enough to listen to every word. Giggle with person sitting next to you because you’re unsure whether you’re a teacher or crazy student.
2.00 pm: Listen to more teachers. Giggle even more whilst fighting drooping eyelids.
3.30 pm: Count every second the older teachers are still speaking. Fight the urge to yell “Lesson’s over!” at the top of your lungs. While giggling.
4ish pm: Arrive at apartment, feeling sore and worn out and just as crazy as all the students combined.
4.30 pm: Sit at your desk after allowing yourself half an hour of a coffee break. Feeling strangely giddy and weary. Start preparing lessons.
7.00 pm: Look at clock. Decide it might be time to eat something. Go to kitchen. Heat some left-overs in the microwave and throw together the strangest-looking dinner. Enjoy it as if it were the best thing ever consumed.
7.30 pm: Do the dishes, prepare lunch for the following day. Do more dishes. Prepare random blissballs and cashew milk for the following days. Do more dishes.
8.30 pm: Look at clock. Wonder whether to go straight to bed or write a blog post. Do some more dishes first.
8.50 pm: Write this blog post.
Okay, perhaps I don’t write a blog post every night, and I definitely don’t just warm up food in the microwave all nights (I simply cook once at the beginning of the week and find myself still cooking portion sizes including my boyfriend…and then have enough for at least 3 meals). But, what I was trying to show to you by listing this horribly boring day, is that somehow the days fly by without me noticing where the days are going. It’s crazy to think that we have less than 7 weeks left of school. It honestly feels like time has seriously flown by, and I am still trying to catch up.
Perhaps that’s because there hasn’t been time to catch up. There hasn’t been a moment to catch your breath, look back at the person you have become, reflect on how you may have changed in the past year. Sure, we are called to reflect our actions in the classroom daily, we are forced to look at our thoughts on school topics, but I don’t think I’ve had a lot of moments in which I’ve been able to just be and allow myself to realize that I am finally where I’ve always wanted to be: working in a job I always dreamed I’d love – and realizing that I love it every single day.
Today has been an exceptionally good day at school. The two lessons I started my day off with went exactly as planned, which is the most fulfilling experience a teacher can have, I think. But still, I feel worn out and tired and exhausted at the end of it. My days are filled with school, preparing for school, thinking about school, eating at school, being at school. I come home and feel like my body might have come home, but my brain is still wandering the classrooms. Sometimes, it comes back to me at night. I must train it better.
To cut a long story short, I basically don’t have much of a life besides school at the moment. And I am so looking forward to the day where I feel like more than a teacher again, like more than a mouse in the observatory, being chased around the hamster wheel a million times a day.
Until then, I shall cherish these little moments on my blog, because I really feel like this is something I still do for myself – and only myself, without judgement from anybody or criticism because these posts are just way too long or any reflection on why I’m posting what. I can just write on here, and that feels incredibly freeing.
Which means I can still share a recipe with you after this incredibly long post talking about my life. That’s my right as the creative mind behind this blog post and you can’t stop me. Booooh yaaah.
Sorry, still a bit of crazy going on here.
These wraps are so easy to make that I love them as a quick dinner. Both the homemade wraps and quinoa take about the same amount of time to cook, so there is no time “lost” there. Whether or not you fill these with hummus and ham is up to you, but I really suggest you add some sort of creamy base underneath the quinoa (guacamole would work great as well, I believe).
Quinoa Stuffed Tortilla Wraps
- 100g corn flour
- 1 egg
- 125 ml oatmilk
- coconut oil, for the pan
- 1 cup precooked quinoa
- 4 Tbs. hummus
- 4 slices of ham (optional)
- oven-roasted veggies: carrots, peppers, zucchini…
1. Mix the first three ingredients in a large bowl until you have a smooth dough.
2. Heat some coconut oil in a pan and then add half of the dough. Allow it to spread by shaking the pan a little. Bake until cooked through (no more doughy-runny-spots on top), then flip it to bake on the other side till golden brown (around 1 minute).
3. Repeat with the second half of the dough.
4. Spread 2 Tbs. of hummus on each of the tortillas, then add 2 slices of ham on top of each tortilla. Spread half of the quinoa on each of the ham-covered tortillas, then top with oven-roasted veggies, sriracha (if using).
5. Place the wrap on some tin foil and, using the tin foil, roll tightly into a wrap.
6. Cut the tin-foil-wrap in half and serve alongside some freshly cut veggies, like tomatoes and cucumbers.
If you don’t want to roast your veggies in the oven, you can add them raw or just skip them. Sundried tomatoes would work great here as well, if you’re looking for an alternative. And, just fyi, I roasted my peppers and carrots at 200°C for around 20 minutes, covered them in rosmarin twigs, some olive oil and sea salt beforehand and bam – oven-roasted veggies are perfect.
I have been using the tin-foil-trick, as I like to call it, for quite some time now when wrapping. It’s really much less of a mess, and, especially if you want to save the stuffed wraps for another time (in the fridge), it makes for such an easy grab-and-go lunch the next day.
I really love making these if I am feeling like some soothing fast food, because they really taste like a burrito you buy. They are so satisfying, too, without making you feel heavy, which is what I wish for in a dinner. 🙂
To make these vegetarian, skip the ham and add some goat’s cheese or feta. Or, to make vegan, skip the egg in the tortilla wraps and sub it out for a flax egg, and leave out the ham, too, of course.
Now, before I start rambling again, I really need to…
9.45 pm: Go to the bathroom, remove make-up and brush teeth.
10.00 pm: Get into bed, call boyfriend, get lost on instagram and pretend to understand the point of snapchat.
10.30 pm: Fall asleep.