“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
While thinking about the situation of being told my contract has not been renewed and my last day of work is next week I considered this phrase. Then I googled it. And in the ever wise website of Wikipedia a poetic rendition of that saying was found from 1940.
“Life handed him a lemon,
As Life sometimes will do.
His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.
They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade.” – Clarence Edwin Flynn
It was entitled ‘The Optimist’ which perfectly encapsulates the poem and saying and how to best approach stressful situations such as joblessness. How can anyone make lemons into lemonade? As a temp I’ve somehow learnt how to do that a few times, although the job market can make ‘juicing’ incredibly difficult.
I hope if you are in the same situation that you read the above poem and find hope between the layers of anguish and ‘how can I afford rent?’ moments to see through to drinking that lemonade like the character in ‘The Optimist.’
Another thing to make beyond lemonade are these cookies, which will be easy to make if you happened to make the dulce de leche and still have half a cup sitting around in your fridge. They’re not overly sweet and neither super chewy, but have the perfect combination of caramel and nutty crunch.
Caramel Hazelnut Cookies
100g butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 heaped tablespoons dulce de leche
1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup confectioner’s/icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons dulce de leche
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F.
Place the butter, sugar and dulce de leche into a bowl and mix to combine until smooth.
Place the dough into the fridge for 20 minutes. Remove and roll tablespoonful amounts into balls then flatten with your palm. Place on the baking tray and bake for approximately 12 minutes until lightly golden.
Remove and place on a cooling tray until fully cooled.
To make the icing place the dulce de leche and the butter into a heatproof dish and microwave for 10 seconds until warm and easy to stir. Stir until the butter is completely melted than pour into the confectioners sugar. Add in the milk then stir until easy to stir and smooth.