2010年12月15日水曜日

the Christmas conundrum

I'm crazy busy at the moment. Not just regular lessons but regular lessons and Christmas lessons and Christmas parties (we're up to four now...) and I'm doing four Christmas classes at Meg's school and making juice and pickling turnip greens and .....aghhh! Just thinking of it all makes me tired! Anyway, among all that I wanted to make some Christmas cookie baskets for a few people to say thank you and Merry Christmas. So in all my spare time I've been making cookies:


Chocolate fantasy cookies (thanks Angela!) rice krispie treats, gingerbread (made with real molasses!) and rum balls.

It's been quite crazy but I'm still bopping along. Rather lively bopping as I'm rather sugar fuelled. You see there's the conundrum: you obviously don't want to send out substandard cookies, right? But how much taste testing is legitimate and after what point is it just stealing from the stores? Personally I believe that one cookie from each sheet of baked cookies is absolutely necessary. The vaguaries of ovens and all that. Atmospheric pressure too, yeah? And of course if you eat that one while they're still warm (yum!) you obviously need to re-check when they're cold as they can really change in flavour, right? But what about cold cookies like the rum balls. How often do they require quality control testing?
Hmmmm....

That kind of deep thinking should be adequately fuelled I feel.

A rumball or a chocolate cookie......

2 件のコメント:

anchan さんのコメント...

Watch those chocolate cookies... if it weren't for them, I'd be a size 6! ;-)

achan さんのコメント...

well anchan if you don't make them you can't eat them!!!

My theory on rum balls is taste when they are made (because you have too) and then taste later to see how the flavour has developed! and again a little later still!!

My mum always said to bake a double batch-one to eat and one to give away, she didn't mean we have to keep ours for eating later I hope!!

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family xx