Sometimes I fancy doing a bit of baking even though I’m more of a ‘savoury’ person than a ‘sweet’ person and it’s usually when I spot a tempting photograph on somebody else’s blog. So, a couple of days ago I came across a recipe from somebody who obviously takes cookies seriously and has even done a taste test amongst her friends and family in her quest to find the best one. Sounds like a brilliant excuse to bake – and eat – loads of them so I thought I’d smash a chocolate bar into bits – I’m too mean to buy chocolate chips – and give it a go.
I like these because they are the soft and chewy variety. They are enormous. They are easy to make. They have peanut butter in them. Did I say they are soft and chewy?
Anyway, I had already halved the ingredients in the recipe because I didn’t want twenty odd cookies as I’m not expecting hordes of visitors until the week after next at least. Then, I put the dough in the fridge overnight and cut that in half so I would end up with just six for now. The rest of the dough, which apparently is good for 72 hours in the fridge, I will either freeze or make some more cookies with it tomorrow.
You can find the recipe here if you find yourself in the mood for baking.
If I had been in the U.K. I might have made these to sell for Red Nose Day (aka Comic Relief) which, if you haven’t heard of it, raises lots of money every other year for charities both at home and abroad whilst entertaining with special T.V. programmes, fund raising events, special t-shirts etc. etc. Fun fund raising. ** Anyway, there was a bit of an upset in blogland recently when a magazine was produced by ‘craft people’ and other ‘craft people’ were invited to contribute to it in the form of free patterns to raise money for Red Nose Day. Some of the patterns were donated by people in the U.K. and some by people from other countries. It then went up for sale in one of the big supermarkets. One of my Australian blogging friends donated a pattern and received a few nasty emails saying she shouldn’t be helping an overseas charity when there were plenty of Australian charities she could support. This, despite the fact that Red Nose Day helps people – mostly children – all over the world. The person who edited the magazine apparently received complaints and some abuse because people couldn’t get to the supermarket to buy the magazine or it had sold out, or whatever. There are some funny people about.
Anyway, to redress the balance – if it needed doing – I have answered the call of another Australian blogging friend who passed on a request for help from Aussie Hero Quilts for quilters to make blocks in a sort of poppy design, which will be used to make Fallen Warrior Quilts for the families of servicemen and women in the Australian Forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Quick and easy, I had some suitable fabric, I can send it off for the cost of an international stamp plus I like the fact that it’s not me that will have to join them all together and quilt them. You can read about it here if you want to join in.
Having said all that, I wonder if there is a similar scheme in the U.K. Does anybody know?
** Thanks to reader Frivolous Monsters who reminded me that Comic Relief (or Red Nose Day) alternates with Children in Need another U.K. based fund raising effort which helps children both at home and abroad. They have the same sort of format and methods of fund raising so I got the two confused. Now I live in France I don’t get the same sort of exposure to it as I used to just the odd T.V. programme.