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Lemon and White Chocolate Cookies

21 Oct

I made these for school class party and the seem to be a favourite with anyone who tries them….They are my new favourite!

I am a big fan of Macadamia and White Chocolate cookies, however, most schools don’t allow nuts these days.  I had the ingredients in the pantry, but I was just not going to not use the Nuts.  I also had a large bowl of Lemons which I pinched off my cousins tree and I stumbled across a similar recipe to this one while Googleing for inspiration. I had not tried this combination before and it is so good.  So good.

110g Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
pinch of salt
zest of two Lemons (more of less according to your taste)
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 and 1/4 cups Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
200g White Chocolate, cut into chunks

Preheat oven to 190C (fan-forced 170C) and prepare your baking tray with baking paper or whatever non-stick trick you use.

Cream butter, caster sugar, soft brown sugar, Lemon Zest and salt together until fluffy.  Taste the batter to check if you have enough Lemon (start small and add more…You Can Always Add, But You Can’t Take Away) and then mix in the beaten egg.

Stir the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the mix. Mix together and just as it starts to all combine add the White Chocolate.  Try not to eat to much before you put it in the bowl 😛

Put on the baking tray using a teaspoon, make sure you leave plenty of room between each one as they will spread out quite a bit.

Cook for about 8 – 10 minutes.  Until just golden around the edges. Yum Yum Yum

Call It Like You See It – Thanks to Charlotte Dawsom

20 Oct

As a mother of two young girls it’s important to me to think about the issues they are going to face growing up regarding their own body image, and how I can gently help or hinder their experiences.  We are very very careful in our house not to talk about ‘fat and skinny’ but to focus on having a healthy body and one that works well.

I recently read a great article in a Notebook magazine. (The November 2009 Issue) It was an issue that talked about body image and loving your body shape.  One of the people who contributed was  Charlotte Dawson…I’m thinking to myself, ‘What the hell could the beautiful Charlotte Dawson with her stunning body teach me about body confidence!’ lol.  I nearly didn’t read it, but I’m glad I did, it was a major life changing ‘click’ in how to talk to my children about certain kinds of food.  The “Sometime foods and often foods” doesn’t gel with me, as I can always justify having more of anything that should only be a ‘something’ 🙂

And this is what was said
“I think part of the problem is the idea that this stuff, the junk, is a treat.  When you’re young you’re told you can have this pizza as a treat, you grow up believing it.  Then there’s this connection; ‘I’m eating this and because it’s a treat, I’ll feel good and happy.’  That’s what comfort eating is about  – trying to recapture the felling of being given a treat.  It becomes this unhealthy way of seeking youth, family, love and happiness.  I might be completely off base, but that’s just my crazy theory”
– Notebook Magazine November 2009

It was like an aha moment for me.  I don’t think it’s a crazy theory at all…I think it’s genius.  If we can create healthy triggers for our children to grow with, then we are awesome! lol.  That’s a good mummy high-five right there.

And, it works.  I told my husband about it and for the last month or more we have been calling junk food “Junk Food” and new season fruit etc a “treats”.  3 days ago I was at the Supermarket picking up something for mum and I told the girls they could choose a treat for after dinner.  (A rare and exciting occasion in our house)  Miss 5 choose a Mango and Miss 3 choose a punnet of Strawberries!  High Five Charlotte!  They never considered chocolate, ice-cream or anything other than some fresh fruit.