Time Does Pass Quickly

From a house move, to a wedding, to a mini moon.

The last 3 months of our lives has been a whirlwind but I have so much to share with you all!

I will be doing a few different series based on the hen do, wedding, decorating and re-start all my old posts series’.

I hope that all my old readers will join back in with me and that any new readers feel welcome enough to give me a follow along!

I hope your all well and I can’t wait to get re-started.

k

 

 

My Perfect Cookie

Lately my life has been hectic, I’ve been feeling very stressed and unable to switch off. Lack of sleep until I’ve literally just heaped into an exhausted bundle that only my partner can wake me from.

So what do I do? To switch off? Unwind and ignore the world? I bake.

I’ve for years failed to bake a cookie. I normally get cake like consistency, they all melt into each other and/or they burn into a big tray bake. This has annoyed me for a long time but never deterred me!

So today as its sunday I normally like to watch re-runs of The Great British Bake Off and bake.

I had on my list today:

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

I was determined to crack them and crack them I did. The recipe I used:

150g salted butter, softened

80g light brown sugar

2 small- medium eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

225g plain flour (I used self-raising and still turned out great!)

200g of mixed dark and plain chocolate chips

To make:

Preheat oven 190C/170F/Gas 5.

Cream the butter and sugar until very creamy. Beat in vanilla and eggs.

Sieve the flour and bicarbonate. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.

I personally used a stand mixed and just wacked it on until I had quite a stiff mixture.

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Using a teaspoon, I found this size best. Scoop a small mound onto a lined baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes.

I ended up doing 4 to a large tray and 3 to my smaller one. I probably made about 7-8 batches. The trick I found to this, be patient.

You really want to wait until they’ve cooled totally before taking off the baking paper so that the centres don’t fall out where they stick.

Hands down the best recipe I’ve ever used and I’m really happy with how they turned out!

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k

Afternoon Tea – The Park Lane Hotel London

I was luckily invited along by my sister to join her for afternoon tea in London.

She was bought a voucher for Christmas but trying to get a free weekend with her husband was proving difficult. So she discussed it and asked if I’d like to join her instead, as she knew how much I liked going for tea.

Of course I said yes!

So we arranged when to go, booked, her lovely husband bought our train tickets on his way home from work and we set out on Saturday morning. We caught a Virgin train from our city centre of Milton Keynes, 35 minutes later we were at London, Euston.

We’d never really used the tube as when she visits London her hubby sorts it and when I visit London, its normally to see one of my besties and she navigates for us as a Londoner. But we tackled it well and managed to get the right tube to Green Park (yes not very far) without having to ask for help or get lost. I’m considering it an accomplishment.

We had arrived with time to spare as we’re both paranoid about being late to anything, good job we did as sadly I came ‘on’, we looked up a Boots, which we located easily, feminine hygiene products bought we set off to The Park Lane Hotel.

You are escorted by the doorman through a lavish foyer to The Palm Court High Tea Room. We checked in, handed over our voucher and were directed to a reserved table, after ordering a blackcurrant and hibiscus tea (highly recommend) I made an emergency trip to the rest room, a lady decided that she didn’t want to lock the door so after opening the stall on her I moved along to the next one, believe it or not the same thing would happen later in Pret with a man!

There was a wonderful harp player, who played current, to Moulin Rouge, to Disney, she was brilliant, we were sever several sandwiches, had a small break in between before moving onto the sweet course.

It was a nice calm visit, you don’t feel rushed, I suggest going hungry as they really do like to feed you up!

Today I am updating the blog, cuddling a hot water bottle and eating my weight in chocolate.

What have you done this weekend?

On a side note I sadly wouldn’t recommend Park Lane at the current time for afternoon tea. The staff were lovely but the food/room was a let down from my last visit.

K