Another chocolate chip cookie recipe

LONDON - Living in London is like living with someone from everywhere. This means you get to eat food from around the world.

There are thousands of Americans here and I mix with them A LOT. In many instances, I don’t have a choice. But, I actually like this group of people so it’s not too bad. In any case, Americans always make food that makes you want to say ‘can I have the recipe’?

My American friend from California once baked these chocolate chip cookies for me and they were pretty amazing and yes, she passed on the recipe to me. This weekend I’ve been sick and indoors so rather than spend hours upon hours in bed, I decided to bake a bit and as I have chocolate chips in the cupboard as well as butter, I couldn’t resist heading to the kitchen and baking these. I’ve given my roommates permission to eat as many as they like because one batch makes just over three dozen.

Tip: Dyed-in-the-wool Americans will tell you that the secret to cookies is under-baking them. So, let them come out of the oven a bit underdone and they’ll finish cooling on the baking sheet.

Here’s my finished product. And the serviettes are Merimekko design.

Do you have any recipes you’ve picked up lately that are worth a try?

p.s. I bought my chocolate chips from Robert Dyas. The brand is JM Posner (Belgian chocolate). It’s a high quality chocolate chip.

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English ingredient: colman’s mustard

LONDON - I thought I would try something new. I want to look at key ingredients from England and find ways to incorporate them into interesting and tasty recipes that can be made by just about everyone. I enjoy food and there was a time when I could actually cook fairly well, but that skill has become rusty due to inactivity. I’m hoping that now that I have an apartment with a dining room, that perhaps I’ll be inspired to begin cooking and baking again.

I’ve actually started stocking up on baking supplies (I’m thisclose to making cupcakes) as that’s a fun pastime for me and I’m also slowly buying key spices and herbs. Now I just need to find people to cook for! Hmm, maybe that cute guy at work? …but if not, well, I’m hosting book club on Thursday, so perhaps I’ll try make something then, but I’m not making any promises.

Today, I wanted to introduce you to a very English ingredient called…

Colman’s is something that my father always had in the kitchen and it’s a mustard powder that he used for a lot of dishes. You will probably find Colman’s in most homes here in England and it’s relatively inexpensive.This is perhaps the second time in my life that I’ve owned this product and I’ve only ever used it for the recipe I’m planning on sharing with you. I’m not an enormous fan of mustard as some of them can be quite strong but I will say that I do enjoy American mustard with my hot dogs.

So, back to my recipe. As it’s summer time, it’s salad time and like you I can’t eat salad unless there is dressing. This is a great salad dressing and if you make it once, you’ll want to make it again.

POPPY SEED DRESSING

Mix all the following ingredients together and chill before serving.

2 tsp poppy seeds

1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tbl onion powder

1/2 tsp colman’s mustard

1/2 cup sugar

Let me know what you think of the salad dressing. I know, that’s a lot of sugar, but it tastes really good. I’ve got a few more dressings I’ll share with you later. Till then, happy cooking.