Harvey is doing so well. His urinary crystals seem to have cleared up (though we will be keeping a close eye on the situation for the next few months); his fur is returning to it’s former glory; and he is back to his happy, social, affectionate self. I am so happy and relieved to have my little sweetie back to normal. It was very difficult to witness a furry ball of joy become a depressed, withdrawn, scruffy, lump of despair. I am ecstatic that Harvey is recovering, both physically and emotionally. At the same time, I am so sad that Dennis and Harvey couldn’t coexist. I miss Dennis everyday, and am amazed at the hole the little menace left in my heart after only 3 months… So I’ve been a bit mopey as of late.
Yesterday Dave told me I looked lost and to go bake something (anything). I just shrugged, saying that I didn’t feel like it… Pressing on, he adds, “You can try out your new hand mixer.”… There it was, a little spark of enthusiasm… For Christmas, I received a new Breville hand mixer, with stainless steel attachments (beaters, whisk, and dough hooks), 16 speeds, and a build in timer. She is gorgeous!… I nodded. Yes, I should try out the hand mixer (you know) to be sure it works ;-)… She works beautifully. I love how she feels in my hand and the speeds are amazing (1 is slow, like stirring by hand)… I’m already a bit of a mixing fanatic, but my new favorite appliance may turn me into a full on mixing geek!
So what did I bake after my long absence? I decided to keep things simple and gave my chocolate chip cookies a winter make over, lightly spicing them with the warm, earthy flavours of chai tea. A perfect comfort food cookie.
Chai Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
6 tbsp Warm Water
2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Margarine
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cardamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Allspice
1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Stir the flaxseed and water together. Set aside and allow mixture to become gelatinous.
Stir together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
Combine the margarine, sugar, and spices. Beat together until light and fluffy. Add the flaxseed mixture and beat for about 2 minutes. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 10 – 11 minutes.
Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, before transferring to cooling rack.
Makes approximately 30 cookies (though you may get more, if you don’t eat the dough ;-))
Don’t add the spices to the flour, be sure to beat them into the margarine and let the fat carry the flavour.
Don’t skimp on the beating. It’s important to beat adequate air into the margarine or you may end up with disappointing cookies.