So you know that candied orange peel I made a couple weeks ago? This is the cookie that I needed it for. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for awhile, but I’ve never had quite all the ingredients at the same time. I bought a supply of pistachios a while ago with this cookie in mind, but every time I thought to make it, I’d realize I’d forgotten about the candied peel component. This time, however, I made sure I had everything I needed, including some oranges to make that candied peel. And I remembered to actually make the candied peel the day before, too. (more…)
I once again found myself needing to make some candied orange peel for a cookie recipe – I went so long without ever making it until that first time, but since then I feel like I’ve made it so many times it’s starting to feel like old hat! The first time I made it, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and couldn’t believe that I was somehow going to make orange peels edible. Those were the bits that got tossed in the compost, not eaten. And yet I did. And while it took a bit of time, it really wasn’t hard at all. And so very delicious. (more…)
Well the kitchen is mostly unpacked and set up (I have a lot of stuff still packed long-term) and we’re expecting the tail end of a cyclone to hit us tonight (seriously!), so I figured it was the perfect day to try out my new oven. I was going to make some white chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal and dried cranberries, but I couldn’t find my oatmeal (I’m sure I have a new bag somewhere) and I couldn’t find my cranberries either (ditto). I have no idea where they could be. There aren’t that many cupboards. I suspect I set them aside somewhere while I figured out where to put stuff and I’ll find them in a really weird place one day.
It didn’t take me long to find a recipe that I definitely had all the ingredients for, though, and the one I ended up with sounded really good. And speaking as someone who’s been sampling them all afternoon as they come out of the oven, they are really good.
I won’t be posting the recipe until next weekend after I’ve had a chance to get some feedback from my coworkers during the week. But I can give you a hint – there’s peanut butter, and chocolate chips, and pecans. This cookie is making me very happy.
I can also tell you I don’t quite have a feel for this oven yet. While tiny (my baking sheets barely fit in it), it’s way newer and fancier than my old one. I tested it out with my handy oven thermometer and while it’s still a bit off, it’s way closer to accurate than my old one too. It’s only off by about 15°.
However, while I found that I had to bake things a little longer than the recipe recommended in my old oven, this one seems to bake things way faster. Because the heat is contained in a smaller space? Because there’s less room for air to circulate? Maybe the oven is accurate and my thermometer is a bit off? I have no idea. I think these cookies are a wee bit over-done though. I also don’t quite have a handle on the lighting in this kitchen, because while they looked just barely brown around the edges in the oven, when I pulled them out they had more colour than I was expecting.
I’ll get used to it in time.
Make no mistake, though, even though these cookies are a little crisper than they probably should be, they’re still absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to share them with you next week!
Just a quick update – I moved yesterday and haven’t even begun to unpack. It took the best part of the day and I was exhausted. And today I’ve just been puttering around, doing laundry, and hanging out with my cat. Poor kitty is totally stressed and has yet to leave the bedroom. It was hours before she even ventured outside her carrier, and that was just to relocate to the bed where she’s pretty much stayed.
I really want to get my kitchen unpacked and test out that oven, but I also still have to clean out my old place. A lot of stuff still to donate/trash, and then the clean-up itself (ugh). Did I mention I’m exhausted? I kinda just want to abandon it (I would never, but it’s so tempting). I do have until the end of the month to take care of that all, though, but I’ll be back to work next week and will have to deal with it all in the evenings and on the weekend. Did I mention “ugh”? Yeah. I can’t wait for this to be done.
Good news, though, is that I’m loving my new place so far (in spite of the tiny kitchen). So. Many. Closets.
I’m afraid this is another cookie-less weekend. I actually had planned to make something to snack on while I get ready for the move, but I under-estimated how much time packing would take, and now I’m panicking a bit. Honestly, I thought I’d have a lot more done by now. Yikes. The fact that I’m also sorting out things to donate/trash at the same time is slowing me down, too.
Not to mention my kitchen is a disaster area, with things pulled out of the cupboards, and half-packed boxes everywhere. I’m going to be living on pizza for the next week, just watch me. Have I mentioned how much I hate moving? So much hate.
But I got possession of the apartment (I have keys and everything!) and as promised, I have photos of the teeny tiny kitchen. Just look at this. It’s nice, right? Really nice cupboards, granite counters, everything is super clean and nice and bright. But it’s wee.
I had an issue with lack of cupboards/counter space in my current kitchen too, so I actually had a cabinet custom-made. And luckily, it will just barely fit in that space beside the dishwasher. Sort of. I may have to angle it a bit. I’ll make it work. Somehow.
The actual move is next Friday, so don’t hold your breath for cookies next week either. But it’s a long weekend up here in Canada (we have our Thanksgiving in October), and I’ll probably get my kitchen sorted and try the oven out at some point before I head back to work on Tuesday. Maybe there’ll be a post after the weekend. Wish me luck!