Look what arrived in the post today!
Marijke @ Beauty in the Balance sent me these delicious-looking chocolate chip cookies as part of the cookie exchange organised by Tamzin. I ripped into the parcel as soon as I got in from work and one of these lovelies very quickly found their way into my mouth. It was so soft and sweet – I’m going to have to be very careful not to consume them too quickly!
Of course it was an exchange, so I had to get baking to send some goodies to Marijke. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I don’t “do” baking, even though I gawp at all the lovely recipes that my blogger friends make. I thought this exchange was the perfect opportunity to have a go. I trawled the internet for recipes and ended up making blueberry and pecan oaties using this recipe.
And cranberry, cherry & almond flapjacks based on this recipe.
I used almonds instead of the suggested hazelnuts and left out the coconut. They lacked a bit of structural integrity, so hopefully they got to Marijke safely and didn’t turn into granola.
I really enjoyed baking and I’m already planning what else I can make. I never really baked as a youngster because my Mum, by her own admission, doesn’t enjoy cooking and has never baked. Occasionally I would bake fairy cakes with a relative, but I didn’t do much more than lick the bowl clean. I had a brilliant food technology teacher at school who did get me quite excited about bread and cakes, so I baked a bit while I was in high school, but then I got out of the habit.
Making these cookies reminded me of the therapeutic benefits of baking. I think I’ve mentioned before that I used to be the bakery manager at a large supermarket. It was a really stressful job that I hated, so when it all got too much and my evil boss had made me cry again (sadly a regular occurrence) I used to hide myself at the back of the bakery and bake cookies. They came in frozen (shhh … don’t tell anyone the secret) and I would spend hours traying up hundreds of cookies and then filling the store with the sweet smell of cookies baking. After that, another customer shouting at me didn’t seem too bad.
Thank you to Tamzin for organising the exchange and thanks again to Marijke for the delicious cookies!
Do you like baking? Do you find it relaxing?