Week 94: Writing and Anpan-making

I have been making good progress in revising Chapter 2. If I evaluate my level of productivity on a 1-10 scale, this week was a 9, compared to a 6 two weeks ago.

What motivates me most now is the thought of sharing my findings with my research participants when I fly to Tokyo and visit them in December. I booked my flights, clarified which tasks should be done by then, and set personal deadlines. I am very excited at the prospect of seeing the participants again! Having a vivid imagination of sharing my work with them greatly helps me become productive as it becomes more realistic.

Also, cooking meals every day has helped me reduce stress levels; this may be because I can be creative. This week I cooked dinners only using stuff in the pantry, fridge and freezer, without any shopping; it worked for seven days. It was also a nice feeling to use up stuff stored in the kitchen, not to waste it. We could survive for a week without a new supply!

 

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Thursday dinner: soup and sandwiches

 

Recently, I feel like doing ‘something’. I would like to do something connecting my research to a practical model of health promotion so that it could become a preventive measure of health issues for people, even if it is a baby step. I have no concrete plan, yet. But it keeps coming into my mind.

 

Anpan—Sweet Red Bean Buns

I made my favourite Japanese pastry, Anpansweet red bean buns. I always buy red bean paste and matcha when ordering Japanese confectionery and food ingredients from the Japan Centre in London.

I left the dough in the fridge to rise overnight (it was experimental for me) for the first rise. After taking it from the fridge and allowing a couple of hours for the dough ‘waking up’, I divided it into 10 pieces, wrapped sweet red bean paste in the dough, and baked them. They are delicious as always, and have more flavour I think! I love the combination of Anpan and matcha green tea. They smell classic and quite nostalgic.

 

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My achievements in week 94

  • Worked on a piece of coursework for the teaching programme (two more to go).
  • Made progress in my writing.

Goals for week 95

  • Work on my chapters.
  • Work on my conference paper.

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A PhD student researching verbal communication in Patient-Centred Care.