Ever since I started learning Chinese, I’ve been scared that I would accidentally say something super rude without knowing it to a person at the market, on the street, or even one of my Chinese friends. I knew it would happen eventually, but I wondered if I would be aware of what I said or just be rude without ever knowing it.
Well the other day it happened. It was as if I saw the unintentionally rude words flying out of my mouth and couldn’t stop them in time. Thankfully it was just with my language teacher and we had a good laugh about it.
Basically what happened is that my teacher randomly noticed a scar on her wrist that she had never noticed before. She was so shocked and curious as to where it had come from and couldn’t stop saying, “Wow, I can’t remember this scar! Where did it come from? Wow!” In my opinion it was such a tiny, unnoticeable scar, so I tried to make her feel better by saying, “It’s hard to see,” as in, “People won’t even notice it!” Instead, what came out were the words, “Ta hen nan kan!” which means, “It’s so ugly!”
The word for ugly (nan kan) in Chinese literally translates as “hard + see”, or it’s hard on the eyes to look at. So when I tried to say “It’s hard to see,” I accidentally said her scar was ugly. Whoops! Thank goodness I knew right away what I had said and was able to correct my sentence and tell her what I had originally meant to say!
Now the question is, how many times have I said something rude without knowing?!
Who even knows.
Speaking of Chinese language class, these Vegan Pumpkin Nectarine Oatmeal Muffins are Brett and my current go-to study snack. They’re made fully from oats and whole wheat flour and are sweetened naturally. Then with creamy Homemade Pumpkin Puree and specks of juicy nectarine, these Vegan Pumpkin Nectarine Oatmeal Muffins can also serve as the perfect sweet and healthy breakfast on the go. I know pumpkin is often seen as a fall flavor, but I love it anytime of year, and I hope you guys do too! If you don’t care for pumpkin for some reason, any other squash puree would work perfectly as well.
If you make these Vegan Pumpkin Nectarine Oatmeal Muffins, I’d love to know! Leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts or take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram.
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
- 1½ cups oat flour*
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
- ½ cup liquid sweetener (such as maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey if not vegan)
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup pumpkin puree**
- ½ cup finely chopped nectarine
- Preheat your oven to 400F/200C and line 12 muffin cups with silicone muffin liners or paper liners.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flaxseed and the water and then set aside to gel.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Add in the wet ingredients from the non-dairy milk to the pumpkin puree, including the flax egg, and mix until just combine.
- Fold in the chopped up nectarine.
- Divide the batter among the muffins cups and bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool before removing from the liners and serving.
**You can sub the pumpkin puree with another squash puree.