Recipe: Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies

21.10.14

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Is there anything better than freshly baked cookies straight from the oven, still warm and gooey in the middle? Probably not. In the most recent Degustabox*, there was a big bag of Jordan's Simply Granola so I decided to try out a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. The granola adds an extra bit of crunch and a very subtle hint of honey-oaty flavour which works well with the chocolate chips. I very rarely eat cereal, but I do like granola now and again - and I particularly love it baked in cookies! (Would it be acceptable to have these for breakfast..?)

Ingredients (Makes 12 Cookies):
115g butter
75g light brown sugar
45g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
95g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
125g Jordan's Simply Granola*
100g chocolate chips

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Add the butter, brown sugar and caster sugar to a large bowl and beat with a handheld mixer.
3. Add the egg and vanilla extract, then beat until light and fluffy.
4. Mix in the flour, salt and baking powder, then add in the granola and chocolate chips. Mix well to evenly distribute the granola and chocolate chips throughout the cookie dough.
5. Add spoonfuls of mixture to a baking tray, leaving plenty of space between each spoonful as the cookies will spread out whilst cooking. I did the cookies in two batches of six (three cookies per tray) to make sure there was enough room for them all.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown but still slightly chewy in the middle.
7. Leave to cool on the trays for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

These cookies are really quick and easy to make, you can't really go wrong. Not only do they taste great, but they'll also make your kitchen smell amazing too! As well as the Jordan's Simply Granola, there were lots of other treats in the September Degustabox including Crabbie's Ginger Beer, Little Miracles juice and my new favourite Burts Lentil Waves. If you like trying new things and getting food and drink surprises through the post every month, it's definitely worth signing up for a Degustabox.

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #145

19.10.14

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1.Gin Gimlets at Heads & Tales 2.Rock Rose Gin launch 3.John Lewis Christmas 4.New College 5.Drinks at Revolution 6.New homeware things

Usually my Sundays are spent lounging around the flat, trying and failing to be productive, but today Laura and I went shopping to get some new bits and pieces for the flat. That John Lewis Map Cushion, swoooon! We also stocked up on fairy lights, lanterns, frames for our impending gallery wall and some hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolat (very important of course). Speaking of John Lewis, earlier in the week I headed along for a preview evening to see all the Christmas goodies. There were lots of things I had my eye on, watch out for a wee wishlist post coming soon! It was lovely to catch up with Alex and Lianne (and Laura, natch) whilst we tucked into delicious canapes from the Hotel Chocolat Cafe (especially the mini macaroni pies) and got into the festive spirit. Once Halloween and my birthday are out of the way, I'll be in full on Christmas mode!

Also in this week's news, I went along to the Edinburgh launch of Rock Rose Gin at Heads & Tales. I never used to be much of a gin drinker but I seem to be drinking it rather a lot these days - I'm still not a G&T fan, but it's great in cocktails like the Gin Gimlets which we tried at the launch. Rock Rose Gin is produced at the northernmost distillery in Scotland, up in Caithness, using a unique blend of botanicals - including Rhodiola rosea, where the gin gets its name from. I loved the bottle too, it's ceramic so each one is slightly different. Definitely worth a try if you're a gin drinker! This was the first time I had been to Heads & Tales, and I loved the bar too. It felt like a mix between a speakeasy and a country drawing room - dark and cosy and a bit cool with vintage style furniture, birdcages on the tables and, oh yeah, two Edinburgh Gin stills in the middle of the bar!

Apart from that, there hasn't been much to report. On Friday evening Laura and I had some dinner after work at Revolution, along with some cocktails of course. Oh and some jelly baby vodka shots. Instead of following this up with a wild night on the tiles, we came home and watched TV. Young and wild and free, so we are.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Etsy Picks #3: Halloween

15.10.14


I LOVE HALLOWEEN. The way most people feel about Christmas is how I feel about Halloween. Black cats, spells and curses, moon-worshipping... all of my favourite things. We've started putting up decorations in the flat already, and I can't wait to get baking in time for the annual Halloween party extravaganza. To get in the spirit (ha HA, see what I did there?) I've been browsing through Etsy for some suitably supernatural homewares, accessories and decorations for Halloween this year.

I will be going overboard as usual and baking far too many Halloween cakes and sweet treats, but if you can't be bothered spending hours with a piping bag these Zombie Apocalypse Cupcake Toppers are perfect. Just make your favourite cupcakes and stick them on top for instant Halloween treats! I also really want the Rolling Pin with Bats which would make amazing cookies covered in teeny tiny bats, or super simple embossed fondant icing. Yum! And of course I'd need a Beetlejuice Handbook for the Recently Deceased Blank Journal to scribble down all my Halloween recipes in.

As for jewellery, I already own more than my fair share of skull necklaces so I steered myself away from those and towards a couple of cute brooches instead. If you're between the ages of 21 and 30 and claim you've never once wished you could be Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you're LYING. Salem and his sassiness was always one of my favourite parts of the show, so a glittery Salem Brooch would be the perfect way to show my appreciation. Bats are one of my top five favourite animals (fun fact) so I would wear this lovely little Bat Pin Brooch any time of year, but it's perfect for Halloween too.

If sending Halloween cards was a thing in this country, I would definitely be sending all my pals one of these Trick or Treat Typography Cards. One thing that is a little more suited to this country is the Weegie Board (for contacting dead Weegies), which definitely made me chuckle. Aye, Naw, Yer Maw. Usually my Halloween decorations are pretty temporary but when I finally make a start on my Pinterest-worthy gallery wall one day, I'd love to include some spooky prints to have a wee bit of Halloween in my home all year round. I love this inkblot test style Rorschach Wolf Print which looks super cooooool. I want it! I need it! (Wolves also make it into my favourite animals top five). And finally, Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without some skulls. I love these Life Size Skull Candles which look amazing, although I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to actually burn them.

Gillian x