May 7th, 2006

Cookies & cookie cutters

Next thursday some friends are I are going over to someone's house to have a
star wars marathon. I don't really like star wars but I'm going anyway, and I
promised to be "super lame" and bake cookies for the occassion. I'm not really
sure what to bring.

I figure you can't go wrong with chocolate, so I want either chocolate or choc
chip (I got these super coloured dark chocolate chip things today, but I also
have some lindt 70% to use up) cookies, preferably. And I have some cute cookie
cutters I wouldn't mind using, so I need a recipe with which I can use them. I
don't really bake a lot, but I'm going to assume you can't use cookie cutters
with all recipes? How can you tell if they're okay to use? And any good recipes
to advise? I looked through the memories but the cookier cutter thing is
confusing me. :P :(

blender foods

My old blender burned out and died around St. Pat's day. I finally got a new one about a week ago. But in doing so I told my boyfriend that I needed to make something using it in the next 2 weeks (as I'm notorious for getting all excited about kitchen gadgets and then not continuing to use them).

I noticed today that it is still in it's box.

I have a few days to make something with it! I want something fun to use toward a meal - not just dessert or smoothies. But other than that I'm up for anything - soups, sauces, spreads, whatever. I'm veg and he's not, but he seems pretty willing to try stuff. He and I haven't actually done much cooking together (which we'd like to) so I thought this would be a good way to start.

So what are your favorite recipes utilizing a blender?

Nettles!

The nettles are starting to establish themselves around the fringes of my garden, and apparently they're at their best early (though you can eat them whenever).

Nettles = free, local, vegan, good for you. They are the uber-food.

A very good article on nettles (not all vegan)

In summary:
- Pick carefully!
- Sting disappears when you cook them
- They cook like spinach, and can be used anywhere you'd use spinach.