Happy new year, folks! A brand new year is upon us; a year to start afresh and make new memories. A year to bake new foods and try new recipes. A year to get healthier... or not. As mentioned on Instagram, I took a bit of an unplanned baking/blogging break over the Christmas period, which was much needed I'll admit. So much busy at that time of year! And boy, so much foooood. And so much eating.
I really did miss baking and blogging though, so I'm glad to be back into the swing of things. This year is shaping up to be another crazy/busy/hectic one, but in between my business I hope to share lots of new recipes and foods that I love. Some healthy recipes, some downright indulgent. Some new recipes, and some tried-and-true ones. Depending on my schedule, blogging may happen multiple times per week or only once or twice per month, giving you time to try all my other recipes.. like these 30-minute garlic knots or these Nutella donuts.
I'm always open for feedback on recipes and foods, so make sure you leave me a comment if you've got a suggestion. Or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whatever works. I love hearing from you guys.
My mum's an excellent cook. She's innovative, creative and comes up with the fanciest of meals even when the shelves are almost bare and shopping day is not til tomorrow. She's all about quick, tasty and practical and most of the recipes she makes fall into that category. Being a busy mother with naughty rascals (who... *ahem* still love nothing more than causing trouble) to care for probably had a lot to do with that.
These chocolate chip cookies are a recipe she's been using for years and years and years and I can remember her making them right from when I was a little girl of 5 or 6. She's made more batches of these than I'd care to count.
These chocolate chip cookies are a lot different to my NY Times recipe. They're crunchy and crumbly and are not the least bit chewy, unless they're hot and fresh from the oven. I love them that way though - crunchy and crumbly and buttery. They remind me a lot of the ones you buy in a packet from the supermarket - albeit much, much tastier and without the nasty stuff included.
I hope to share a few of my mother's favourite tried and true recipes this year. I'll name them with a "mum's" prefix so you'll know they're a tried and true family favourite.
Mum's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes approx. 18
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk choc chips
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180C and line a tray with baking paper. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the vanilla and choc chips, then slowly mix in the flour and baking powder. Mix until well combined. Take large tablespoonfuls of mixture and place them on the baking tray. Flatten tops slightly with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly golden-brown.