Our first market of the season....the earth day celebration and Haney Farmers Market. It was sooooo cold in the morning but the weather warmed up and it was a great day, we were well recieved and it was a good precursor to whistler.
I took a break from tyeing and made some cookies.....really good recipe......enjoy.
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies Published: July 9, 2008 Adapted from Jacques Torres
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract 1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note) Sea salt.
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.
Note: Disks are sold at Jacques Torres Chocolate; Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces, are at Whole Foods.
I could spend a long time waiting for the Easter Bunny but the Auction Fairy shows up like clock work...pack of Budwieser under one arm and this time with a FRONT LOADING WASHING MACHINE. Another much needed addition to the staff....not sure how it will work for tye dye but for felting its a must have. So, in prep for sunday dye day with Kat, I have some whites in a calgon wash to tie tonight in front of the tv.
So, what does a fat lady wear for spring. I am becoming accustomed to my recent weight gain and trying not to perseverate on it, after all it is a small price to pay for increasing my chance of survival by 17%....but I really would like to have clothes that fit and flatter. I bought 2 pairs of capris at costco of all places and they are actually quite nice....then i bought some baby pink skimmers.....what was i thinking??? I look like a giant wad of chewing gum so those are going back....unless i tye dye them.....must check fabric content. On the dyeing front....i bought enough gloves,h2o2 and oxy to last kat and i into the next millenium....and some sox and some black ts. so that will keep me busy for today. Last night looking for inspiration i found www.thaidye.com ....liking the not so hippy dyeing.