New start

I was back on the saddle again after a 4-month break from it. The air from the tyres was completely gone and it felt so good just to pump it again! Of course, it was also my first time donning the new GS jersey! Woohoo! Bad news was I was riding at a very very slow speed. Tortoise man!

And I have set up another blog  to document the recipes that I will be attempting from now on.

Today I baked chocolate chip/macademia nut/raisin cookies for CG. My first item to contribute to the fulfilment of list no. 26 of my 30 stuff.

#26. Prepare a dish/dessert once every month for CG for a period of 6 months.

Drop Cookies

These are the simplest cookies to make. They are called drop cookies because the dough is soft enough to drop off the spoon and on to the baking sheet. The basic mixture is often made by the creaming method where butter and sugar are beaten together until light and fluffy. Eggs are then beaten in, followed by flour, raising agents and any flavourings.

I did the (i) Chocolate Chip and Macademia Nut Cookies (ii) Chocolate Chip and Raisin Cookies.

Makes 12

115g butter, softened
115g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g plain (all-purpose) flour
175g chocolate chips/raisins/macademia nuts (proportion accordingly)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift the flour over the butter mixture and fold in with the choco chips/raisins/macademia nuts.

2. Carefully drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie mixutre on to the prepared baking sheets (lightly greased). Leave plenty of space between the cookies to allow for spreading while baking.

3. Gently flatten each cookie slightly with the back of a fork, trying to keep the shape of each cookie as even as possible.

4. Bake the cookies in the oven for about 10-15 min or until they are a light golden brown colour.

Source: Cookies, Brownies, Bars & Biscuits by Catherine Atkinson

Why start now?

I had an interest for cooking since young, possibly from observing how mum did it when we were younger. She would attend cooking classes, watch Fang Tai‘s show and then cooked the dishes. On top of these, she would also compile newspaper cuttings on different recipes. There you go. I have a role model since young. I must have been influenced by her.

But why start only now? In my teens, I was searching for meaning for mylife and was graciously granted revelation. In my twenties, I was pursuing sports as if I have missed it big time in school. So I was back with a vengence. Now, hitting the 30s club, my life takes a turn and well, it’s time to resurrect the interest! Looking at the cook books on my shelf, I think I need to do them some justice!

I am not saying all the other passions have been shoved to a corner. On the contrary, I do them with equal amount of enthusiasm; they are part of me.

So, let’s start this passion of mine, slowly but surely.