Ok who stole my seven year old daughter and replaced her with a fourteen year old oik. “Lola can you please pick up your clothes”. Her reply “I am not your slave! Why don’t you find someone else to boss about? Oh yes and my favourite retort of the month. ‘I wish you were dead and when you are dead I will spit on your grave’ I must admit the latter comment took me back a little, then I just smiled and said Mmmm bit harsh love! She then proceeded to draw a (really quite good) picture of me in my grave and her, well you know doing her thing. I think it was titled I Hate Mum.
I stuck the “I Hate Mum” next to the “I Love Mum” picture (that she had drawn probably hours before) on the fridge. Lola didn’t see the humour in that – of course.
I felt that with all this “teenage angst” in the house, I should endeavour to lighten things up. You know, rise above the temper tantrums and well basically ignore them. Lola finally forgave me for my absolutely outrageous request. The forgiveness was actually fuelled by the Chinese New Year feast I made on Sunday. Nothing that a pile of singapore noodles and twice cooked pork can’t fix. Pork belly, such a brilliant and cheap cut of meat. Perfect for this dish. Oh and Julie no you cannot use diced pork shoulder! YOU NEED THE FAT.
Its been a week of celebrations, Chinese New Year, Pancake Day and Valentines Day is today. I have never really been a fan of VD (as I like to call it). If you love someone shouldn’t you show them pretty much everyday that you care. Anyway thats just my opinion. Lola woke me up this morning and asked if she could make me breakfast in bed because it was valentines day..Ahh you see who needs a bunch of flowers!
Anyway for the sake of my kids I channeled the spirit of VD and made a bunch of shortbread hearts dipped in chocolate. I love this shortbread recipe. Its easy and makes a ton of cookies. The recipe is by Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). One of my ambitions is to sit in her kitchen for a day watching her make giant amounts of food. Oh and also I would quite like to sit in Nigel Slaters kitchen, Carluccio..Ok I shall stop now! I leave you with some pics from the week and Ina’s fab shortcake recipe.
Have a great rest of the week. Oh and by the way I am launching another blog in a week or so…So exciting I can’t wait for you guys to see what I have been up to…
Shortbread Love Heart Cookies
This recipe makes about 12 large cookies. I roll the dough out to about half a centimetre thickness. Less is more when it comes to handling shortbread. When you get to the flour stage whizz in a food processor until just coming together. Cling and put in the fridge. If you don’t have a processor then use your hands to combine briefly until the mixture comes together. Leave to rest for half an hour. Enjoy x
3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 180C
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt; then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and roll shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter. Place the hearts on an ungreased sheet pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.
While the cookies are cooling. Melt 100grams of your favourite chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. When the chocolate has melted dip to your hearts content…(no pun intended)