When I first met the husband, he hadn't seen his parents for 10 years. For someone who was still living close to home, and didn't go for more than a week without seeing family, I found this hard to comprehend. Now, I understand.
We never stay over either. If you've lived on the Island - which my husband has - you appreciate the fact that it is a tourist hell-hole in the summer and bleak and soulless in the winter. Mid-summer, you'll pay more to get the ferry to the Island than you would for a flight to the States - okay a slight exaggeration, but mile-for-mileit's the most expensive piece of water to cross in the world. And holiday rentals, especially ones that allow children and dogs are just plain astronomical. It would be cheaper to go to Sandals for two weeks and put the dogs and child in the Doggery (just kidding before you think of calling Social Services!)
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Add to this the fact that I had to fit in a run this morning and a new recipe for the challenge, my usually low blood pressure has been slightly raised somewhat today.
But it makes me feel better about myself that I've actually made some effort with his present rather than just running round the supermarket pulling boxes from shelves. In amongst all the Christmas staples from various shops (mince pies, Christmas pudding, cheeses, pickled onions, savoury biscuits, Quality Street) there was some Nutella and SeaSalt fudge, Cherry and Pistachio cookies dipped in white chocolate, Sadia's Triple Choc cookies (today's recipe) and Chocolate Mint Truffles. All recipes from this blog over the last month or so.
Today's recipe made THE BEST COOKIES I'VE EVER TASTED. Seriously. It comes from the Baking Elements blog, written by the lovely Sadia whom I met on Twitter (@bakingelements). She's a fab tweep to tweet (autocorrect just changed that to twerp - good job I noticed!!) and a splendid baker and blogger too.
Only thing I did differently was to be totally lazy and use Waitrose Cooks Ingredients Chocolate Chunks rather than chopping up my own chocolate. Purely because sharp knives at 4.30am in the morning can only lead to a minor disaster.
Am now thinking of trying these with a combination of Green and Black's dark chocolate and butterscotch chocolate next time I'm in a cookie-baking kind of mood.
Sadia, I can't praise them highly enough! The one I ate was THE BEST BREAKFAST EVER. As for what the F-I-L thinks? Well by the next time the husband speaks to him (around June for other six-monthly visit) they will be a distant memory.