Since adding the food section to the blog, I’ve received some rather interesting comments from those close to me. My best friend recently called me to find out if I’m ‘OK’ because she saw all the food posts and thought my body might’ve been invaded by aliens. I’ve already admitted to not being a ‘foodie’ and I’m also a bit of a calamity in the kitchen. I get by on grilled cheese sandwiches and takeout most of the time. But I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of cooking and exotic food which is probably why I hang around people that are ‘foodies’.
I recently read (and reviewed) the book The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan and I mentioned that there’s a bunch of really awesome recipes at the back of the book. I decided to try at least one of them while I’m at my parents place in South Africa as my mum’s around to supervise and there’s an oven (I don’t have an oven in my London studio and if I did I’d probably use it for storage). I chose to go with the easiest one – chocolate chip cookies – given my non-existent experience in baking. It actually turned out pretty well and I’ve documented the process for people as clueless as me. So here it is…
1 tsp baking soda
125g softened butter
90g granulated sugar
90g firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (essence)
150g chocolate chips
125g chopped nuts
Combine butter, sugars and vanilla essence in a large bowl or food processor bowl and beat until creamy. I used my mum’s food processor but you can beat it by hand if you don’t have one.
Once the sugar is thoroughly mixed with butter, beat in the eggs.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and gradually add flour mixture to the creamy mixture. Mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Chill the mix for an hour before preparing.
Preheat the oven to 190°C / Gas Mark 5. Then form into little cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
My mum wasn’t around when I got to this point and I didn’t hear her say ‘make the cookies small and leave decent space between them because they’re going to expand’ so I made the cookies a tad bit too big and I didn’t leave proper room between them. I also over baked them but they still turned out pretty good. I’m sure they’ll taste even better with the book’s hot chocolate recipe which I’m going to try next…
Hope you enjoy this and please do let me know how it comes out.