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Cookie Karma

11th December 2013

Christmas feels like the best time of year to top up your good karma, and reinforce those feelings of positivity towards others.  I stumbled across The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap by chance, and immediately fell for the concept.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

Here’s what happens: you donate $4 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, who are a non-profit organisation raising funds for paediatric cancer research.  Then, the lovely hosts of the scheme (Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen) send you 3 participating food bloggers for you to post cookies to.  You send each of your matches a dozen cookies, and you in turn will receive a dozen cookies from 3 different people.  Then everybody blogs…!

What I like about the idea is – firstly, you’re supporting a fantastic cause, secondly, there’s cookies involved, and thirdly – it works because everybody does their part.  Which is how I come to the karma thing… it feels kind of great to send off fresh cookies into the unknown, for others to enjoy.  And it also feels great when you start getting them back.

Cookie Karma…see?

So, with a mouthful of crumbs (because I’m still making my way through the ones I received), here is my recipe.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Stack

White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies

To make a dozen, you will need:

  • 170g plain flour
  • 110g unsalted, melted butter
  • 100g dark brown soft sugar
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • a pinch of salt
  • a dash of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 large egg
  • a generous handful of raspberries
  • white chocolate chips, or chopped up white chocolate

Fresh Raspberries

White Chocolate Bar

I spent a Sunday afternoon happily baking away my batches of this recipe, with some mulled wine and the SATC box set keeping A and I company in the house.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Get your oven preheated to about 180°C, and then weigh out and sieve together the flour, bicarb and salt
  • Cream together the 2 types of sugar and the melted butter

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  • Beat in the vanilla essence and egg

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  • Mix in the dry ingredients

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  • And then stir in the chocolate and raspberries slowly, by hand

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  • Line a baking tray with parchment, and then drop the cookie dough on to it in blobs about the size of golf balls.  Leave lots of room between the blobs, because they’ll grow (more than in this photo I think!)

Cookie Dough

  • Bake them in the oven for 12-14 minutes, before removing and allowing to cool on a wire tray

Don’t cook them for too long, as good cookies need to have a bit of chew and a bit of crunch.  Actually, I felt that some of mine were a bit ‘cakey’, and needed to be slightly smaller.

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I packaged the cookies up into Paperchase boxes, with sparkly tissue paper, and sent them on their way.  Because they’re sweet, I think they taste best with a nice old fashioned cuppa tea.

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My cookies went to Emma, Mehrunnisa and Pat – and I’ve enjoyed reading their blogs since.

So, I hear you ask, what was I lucky enough to be sent?

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string… YES.  What could be better in this technological day and age than a package tied up with string?  

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Chocolate Chip Truffle cookies from Nazia at This Baker Girl Blogs – have a look at her recipe – genius!  I am definitely making these bad boys soon.

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Beautifully packaged and scrummy Cardamom and Cinnamon Spiced Shortbread from Gill at Tales of Pigling Bland.

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Dark Chocolate, Orange and Hazlenut cookies from Sophie at The Cake Hunter.  The smell of these cookies alone… wow.  They were delicious.  (And she’s just had a baby, so must be the most efficient lady on the planet).

I’ve been having a slightly hectic time at work recently, and discovering the blogs I hadn’t read before and reading the friendly notes (and eating the cookies) really cheered me up.  I’ll definitely be joining in again next year!

P.S. Daddy I told you it wasn’t a cookie Ponzi scheme :)

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A Collection

8th July 2013

Is it really already July?  I have spent the last couple of weeks preparing for, dancing at, and recovering from what has been billed as ‘The Best Glastonbury Ever’.

Being a first timer, I obviously agree with this, and plan on returning next year (if at all possible) to see if it can be beaten.

However, I have realised that as a new blogger, I have been dreadfully lacking on the organisation front.  I did not prepare any blogs before I went away, and I have been lucky enough to be doing lots of nice things.  I am therefore very behind (cross voice) and my camera and phone are full of photos that I want to share.

While I get ready to fill everyone in on what I’ve been up to (and mainly what I’ve been eating), I thought I would post a little collection of my favourites bits and bobs from the last year.  I only started writing this blog in April, and it does seem a shame for anything pre-dating it to be lost to the iPhone archive.

I hope you enjoy them!  (And I promise some high quality ‘food porn’ photographs are coming up very soon!)

A perfect latte in the sunshine in South Kensington

A perfect latte in the sunshine in South Kensington

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Mummy’s Easter ‘Nest’ Cake

Amazing wrapping paper from a little card shop on Camden Passage in Angel (name TBD)

Amazing wrapping paper from a little card shop down Camden Passage in Angel (name TBD)

A wine that I REALLY LIKE

A wine that I REALLY LIKE

A cupcake from Waitrose that was dressed up as an ice cream

A cupcake from Waitrose that was dressed up as an ice cream

Pizza from Franco Manca on Northcote Road (it's the best)

Sourdough pizza from Franco Manca on Northcote Road (it’s incredible)

Burrata cheese, tomatoes, bread and ham - also from Franco Manca

Burrata cheese, tomatoes, bread and ham – also from Franco Manca

Real foodie romance - image from Cargo Collective

True foodie romance – image from Cargo Collective

A holiday twist - Brussels sprouts with chorizo, a balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of pine nuts

A holiday twist – Brussels sprouts with chorizo, a balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of pine nuts

She does it again!  Traditional Christmas roulade (plus Snowman)

She does it again! Traditional Christmas roulade (plus Snowman)

Cheecken Noodle Soup

Cheecken Noodle Soup

Pomegranate, Lime & Soda Water Coolers (with a splash of Vodka)

Pomegranate, Lime & Soda Water Coolers (with a splash of Vodka)

Fried egg in a pepper cut-out - my little sister sent me this but I can't remember if it was her or a clever friend who was the creator! (Let me know and I'll update)

Fried egg in a pepper cut-out – my little sister sent me this but I can’t remember if it was her or a clever friend who was the creator! (Let me know and I’ll update)

Quote found here and brought to my attention  by her

Quote is from here and happily brought to my attention by her

Backgammon completes the perfect brunch

Backgammon completes the perfect brunch

A Valentine's Day treat

A Valentine’s Day treat

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tarts, created at home by A

Goats cheese and red onion tarts, created at home by A

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My ultimate comfort food, keeping warm on the Aga – cauliflower cheese, toast and bacon (what?!)

Tea Party delicacies...

Tea Party delicacies…

O doesn't cook much, but he nails the caesar salad

O doesn’t cook much, but he nails the Caesar salad

Wine, grapes, and a rooftop terrace

Wine, grapes, and a rooftop terrace

Perfect fish and chips from the East Hill in Wandsworth

Perfect fish and chips from the East Hill in Wandsworth

And finally, a card from Joy that made me laugh out loud

And finally, a card from Joy that made me laugh out loud

Back soon (I promise!)