Category Archives: Lifestyle

Family Holiday Recipes Shared

Noemi Farkas ’25
EE Staff Writer

Kókuszgolyó, which is Hungarian for Coconut Balls, are quick and easy treats that are perfect for any family gathering. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of graham crackers (Goya Maria Cookies)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cacao
  • ½ teaspoons of Rum Extract 
  • 100 grams of unsalted shredded coconut flakes
  • 200 milliliters of milk

Directions: 

First, you are going to start with grinding together your choice of crackers (if they aren’t already crushed), which are the base of this dessert. Next, you are going to add vanilla sugar and powdered sugar to the mix. Then, add your cacao powder and the rum extract before adding the butter and milk to the mix. You are going to want to combine together everything by using your hands until it forms a mass. Make sure you wet your hands while doing this so that the mix doesn’t stick to your hands. You want the consistency to be moist, however, you don’t want it to feel watery. 

Once everything is combined, you are going to take small amounts of the mixture, and are going to roll them together into small balls. Then, you are going to take each ball and will want to roll them in the coconut flakes, trying to coat each ball as best as you can. After this is done, you are going to want to leave the balls in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. This will allow the flavors of the mix to merge and will allow you to enjoy this tasty dessert!

Postponed Met Gala Resumes During Fashion Week

Ishita Singh ’23
EE Staff Writer 

K-pop star, Rosé, and fashion designer, Anthony Vaccarello, at the 2021 Met Gala.

This year’s Met Gala was held on September 13, 2021 at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The featured theme was American Independence, and it was co-chaired by singer Billie Eilish, pro tennis player Naomi Osaka, actor Timmothie Chalamet, and poet Amanda Gorman.  The return of the event proved to be extraordinary just like the outfits.

The usual date for the Met Gala is the first Monday in May but, due to Covid, it was postponed and was held instead during fashion month. As a result, the outfits were under more pressure to impress. 

Usually only up to 500 – 600 people are invited to this exclusive event. The event is invite only and those who make the list are admitted because of the imprint they have made on society. It is a branding event held by Vogue Magazine and organized by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and chairwoman of the Gala event since 1995. She oversees the benefit committee and the guest list. The entrance price for the Met Gala is a pricy $3,500, so typically the guests are wealthy. 

The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s Oscars, and it brings together designers, models, and Hollywood celebrities who fight for media attention. It benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which is the only curatorial department at the Met that is self-funded. 

“We called the dress code this time — American independence,” said Vogue editor and organizer Anna Wintour in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts. “And we really want people to have fun and enjoy dressing up again”.

Some outfits in the Met Gala were definitely breathtaking while others you would simply stare at and question. 

The 2021 Met Gala might have been a little different due to Covid but many people tried to make it special. It was definitely a great return for Met Gala as well as an amazing time for many celebrities to show off their fashion skills.

Fall In love With Fall Recipes

Ashley Moran ’23
EE Staff Writer

Pumpkin spiced lattes and brisk weather have hit the Northeast once again, leaving opportunities for your new favorite comfort recipes of the season. 

Who is tired of eating the same seasonal bread every year? I know I am! Today let’s take a look at this season’s hit recipe. 

Every year, we see variants of our favorite comfort pumpkin bread. Whether we satiate our pumpkin cravings with pies or cookies, it is a necessity sometimes to get a pumpkin fix.  

The “world’s best pumpkin roll”, according to Alyssa Rivers, the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic has been talked up by many. “It is a perfectly moist and tender thin pumpkin cake”, says Rivers.

Who could go wrong with the perfect mixture of pumpkin and a thick frosting? Every year, there is an unspoken competition on who can bring the best dessert to the fall festivities. And every year, everyone ups their game. This pumpkin roll is just what you need to win this round. 

Well, you would assume these rolls would be hard to make, but to all of our surprise, these rolls are easy, and just about anyone can make these. Since your mouths must be watering at the sound of this delicious dessert…… LET’S MAKE SOME PUMPKIN ROLLS!
                              
Pumpkin Rolls (based on a recipe by Alyssa Rivers)

     Ingredients: Pumpkin cake 
  • 3 eggs                                                                        
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 

Novel Foods Surface on TikTok

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Cloud Bread

Throughout quarantine, social media has kept relationships alive and has become such an influential part of how we connect and interact with one another. The variety of platforms makes people so much more accessible then we could have anticipated. Social media was our only tether to the world outside our confined houses for months, and for some of us even currently. 

One of the platforms whose popularity has exponentially grown is TikTok. With 689 million monthly users internationally, it is worthy to be deemed as one of the most appreciated and used social media apps. One of the most liked aspects is the range and types of videos presented. Videos range from comedic to informative. People can share their experiences or just scroll through hoping to cure their boredom. 

One of the most popular genres of TikTok videos is cooking. Users can share recipes or try out popular cooking trends. Some of the most popular recipes include cloud bread, whipped coffee, nacho table, dip night, pancake cereal, and nature’s cereal.

Cloud bread is more arts and crafts than it is food. It is edible as it’s made out of egg whites, sugar, cornstarch and optional food coloring, which is encouraged. It’s known for its texture and cloud like structure, admired for its squishiness and color. 

Social Issues Dominate This Year’s Fall Fashion

Gabriella Perez ’19
EE Contributor

Designer Jeremy Scott protests the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The 2018 autumn fashion week was during the midst of various social justice campaigns such as Time’s Up, #Me Too, and Everytown for Gun Safety. Designers are currently using their creative platforms to speak up on these important issues.

Popular fashion houses like Prada and Alexander McQueen are releasing designs centered around these issues. This year’s autumn fashion line has an odd twist of hyper elegance and a slap of inspirational messages. Designers are pushing their message of wanting to make women feel good, protected, and unstoppable so they can go out and conquer the world.

Head designer of Moschino, Jeremy Scott showed his support against Brett Kavanaugh during his New York City fashion week show. Scott wore a white tank top with the phrase “Tell Your Senator NO on Kavanaugh 202-902-7129.”

In an interview with Vogue UK, Scott said, “These are aggressive times. We need to ensure that we keep LGBT rights, women’s rights, women’s reproductive rights, and affirmative action – there’s a lot at stake right now.”

Homestretch for Seniors

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

It’s that time of year again. Staying up until 2 AM binge-watching your favorite show. Not doing any homework or studying. Once you’ve finished all of your college applications, school just seems pointless. This serious condition can be commonly referred to as Senioritis.

From a complete lack of motivation to utter laziness, senioritis is every teacher’s worst nightmare. It means more absences, work to catch up on, and making up tests. So how can seniors avoid falling into this endless abyss of procrastination?

1. Know that grades still matter. Even after you get accepted into college and know where you want to go, remember that your college will still receive your second semester grades. If your GPA lowers drastically then some colleges may reduce financial aid and scholarships or rescind their offer so just keep trying!

Surviving School Stress

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Staff Writer

The sound of your alarm clock pierces your ears and you open your eyes. It feels like you were sleeping for 5 minutes, and you groggily roll out of bed. After changing and getting ready for school, you realize you don’t have enough time to eat breakfast. So, you grab a granola bar and run out the door to catch the bus.

Finally, after a long 7 hours, the last bell rings. You want to celebrate, until you realize you have to go to sports practice. The thought makes you annoyed and even more exhausted. The practice is long and hard, and all you can think about is going home and sleeping. Once you get home, however, you can’t relax or because there is a big pile of homework sitting in your backpack. You groan and slowly begin the process.

All this? A normal high schooler’s routine. Sounds pretty rough, right? In fact, this is reality for most of the students in high school. There is a point when you can feel really frustrated and overwhelmed, and stress emanates from your feelings. You have absolutely no idea how to handle your situation. You’re stuck.

Treatsgiving for Thanksgiving

Jonathon Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer

When it comes to early winter or late fall, people start to think of things like snow falling from the sky or the trees rustling in the cool air. The holidays are on their way, so here are two desserts you can make for your favorite holiday.

Pumpkin Pie
This would be the perfect dessert to bring to your family thanksgiving party or maybe just for the sake of baking it for fun!

Ingredients:
1 15 ounce (oz) can of pumpkin
1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ground ginger
½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon of salt
1 unbaked pie crust (9 inches)

Directions: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Put all ingredients except for pie crust, into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour into pie crust and bake in oven for 15 minutes.

Reduce the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F and continue to bake 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted into pie comes out cleanly. Take pie out of oven and let cool. Once cool, you may serve the dessert!

Treasure Hunting & Bargain Busting

Victoria Vidal ’18
EE Contributor

Senior Maddie Touri, ditches the usual rhinestone strapless gown and exchanges it for a beautiful unique warm toned dress. This dress completely wraps in what Maddie’s style is about, warm colors, vintage patterns, and a whole lot of thrifting.

Tweed oversized sweaters, plaid straight legged pants, and a polaroid camera. What some may call pointless items, some think they are only the beginning to finding their own style. GoodWill, Buffalo Exchange, and Savers are many of the secondhand clothing stores that allow one to show self expression.

Thrift shopping, 2017s’ most raved about form of fashion. When you think of fashion, what do you think of? Urban Outfitters? High prices? Trends? For some people fashion is about finding an article of clothing and rendering it to make it their own. It is about someone’s secondhand clothes and turning them into a bold but comfortable fashion piece.

“The best part is probably finding the small treasures every once and awhile, like the things you know you can’t find if you try to look for them,” Maddie Touri said.

Spice up Autumn with Pumpkin Flavors

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

The first things that come to mind when people think of Autumn are pumpkins and changing leaves. Fall is filled with pumpkin spice treats and decadent cinnamon sweets. Here are some recipes to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving.
Recipes adapted from allrecipes.com

Recipe 1: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Instead of going to Starbucks, you can make your own pumpkin spice latte at home!

Ingredients:
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon white sugar (can add more)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup brewed espresso
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


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