A photo of my lovely cookies
Bake,  Read

Tea, books and a cookie recipe to indulge in

Tea, books and a cookie, what a trio of loveliness. Who could want more?

I’ve read a fair few recipe/food blogs in my time and tend to go along the vein of a lot of faff to start with, punctuated with photos of the same thing they’ve baked at every possible angle. Eventually, after much scrolling, you’re rewarded with the recipe!

Therefore, you get the recipe first, because it’s what I’d have wanted. If you read what’s after then thank you, but if you’re just here for the food then I understand.

Note: I apologise to my American readers, this isn’t in cups (I’ve never quite understood cups when it comes to baking, only in bra sizes).

cookie dough
Resist the urge to eat it now

Cookies

Makes: 12

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter (melted)
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 75g dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 2-3 handfuls of oats

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper
  • Melt the butter and add this to the sugar
  • Add to the bowl the egg, and vanilla extract and combine
  • Add the plain flour and baking powder and mix until you have a lovely gooey dough
  • Add the oats and chocolate and mix and resist eating it there and then
  • Dollop spoons of the mixture on the baking sheets and cook for about 10 minutes until golden.

This is a good base recipe and you can make it your own. In the original incarnation, the sugar quantity was 175g but I’ve toned it right down. Sugar types change the texture and taste too. Of course, you can add to it whatever you want like fruit and nuts. You can omit the oats if you wanted. My firm favourites are good old chocolate, or date and pecan. Yum!

Time to curl up with a book

Now we all have our freshly baked cookies and a hot cuppa tea we can snuggle up with a book.

I wonder what you’re reading and if you can send any recommendations my way?

Although I do look at my ‘To Read’ pile and sigh. I wonder if I’ll ever read them all? Do you have a ‘To Reread’ pile? I do and I’ve dived back into it and foolishly so.

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hob
Fool’s Assassin, by Robin Hobb and the book artwork by the very talented Jackie Morris

The day I met Fitz

About fifteen years ago I went on holiday to Scotland. As a woman of common sense, I intended to fill half my suitcase with books but I needed something new. I investigated and came across a book called Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. The title caught my eye and the blurb on the back pulled me in further. On a whim, I purchased it and could barely tear myself away from it.

My mum had foolishly packed few books for the holiday. One day I went out with my dad and returned to find a new fold amongst the pages. What’s this? I’m two-thirds of the way through the novel and my mum has run out of books and decided to start it while I was out!
‘Ooooh, it’s good!’ she says.
‘But I’m reading it!’ I moan.
This argument is thankfully solved with a trip to Aberdeen and the great granite city provided us with the next two books in the trilogy.

For fifteen years I have followed the life of Fitz and the Fool and in May the final book will be published. The original publication date had been August 2016, but I should thank Robin Hobb for the delay since it gave me the impetus to attempt to write my own novel.

photo a laptop, and a cookie being dunked in tea
Tea and a cookie also goes well with editing.

It’s all about the characters and cookies

With my cuppa tea and my cookie, I will sit down and reread Fool’s Assassin and after this Fool’s Quest. Then I will be prepared for Assassin’s Fate (the title has me very worried). If you haven’t tried her books I thoroughly recommend them if you love fantasy, magic, and dragons. But what makes her stand out for me is her beautifully written characters. The plot is fantastic but if she wrote a novel with Fitz where nothing happened whatsoever I’d be enraptured by it because her characters are like friends. Even if Fitz is a bit dense.

So friend, come and join me for a cuppa tea, cookies and please bring a book.

4 Comments

  • A.S. Akkalon

    Seeing your tea so close to your laptop makes me really scared.

    I love rereading books. I might have read Assassin’s Apprentice years ago, though I can’t quite remember now. Maybe it’s time to pick it up (again?).

    • emmacox

      I must admit, it didn’t stay there long. Long enough to photo and then it went promptly back onto a stable, flat surface. πŸ˜€

      I’d probably reread more if my to read pile wasn’t so big. I know you like your dragons so you’ll love Assassin’s Apprentice. The Liveship trilogy is also very good. Same world setting, so more dragons. πŸ™‚

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