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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi all. j2 here joining the original j in her blogging endeavor. We’re really going to have to work on these code names.

I have a meeting in the morning and decided to bake cookies for the occasion, something that has become a regular occurrence for these meetings. My search for a chocolate chip cookie recipe led me to one of my favourite food blogs: Smitten Kitchen. Although she has a few different chocolate chip cookie recipes on her website, including chocolate chip meringue cookies (gluten free and therefore perfect for a friend of mine!), I settled on these ones. The deciding factor? I already had most of the ingredients in my cupboard. I also opted to double the recipe, thinking that the 20 cookies the original recipe was supposed to make might not be enough for the hungry hoards I’ve been known to encounter.

I took Deb from Smitten Kitchen’s suggestion and toasted my walnuts before adding them to the dough. To toast the nuts, just throw them in a frying pan and turn on the heat. Make sure to stir to avoid burnt nuts. Once they start to smell like roasted nuts they’re done. Or, if you’re me, once you loss patience with the whole nut roasting process, they’re done. Still being impatient, I then threw the still warm nuts into the cookie dough, causing the chocolate chips to melt slightly. Not a catastrophe. The cookies turned out fine. But for future reference, let your nuts cool before adding them to your dough!

These cookies are big on chocolate (and nuts) and light on cookie dough. This was slightly concerning when I began since the dough was pretty crumbly.

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Christmas decor wrap-up

It probably seems like a strange time to be posting about Christmas decorations but I’m only now just finally putting them away (I’m going to use the late date of Ukrainian Christmas as my excuse for still having them up!). I made a few things this year to help bring some “seasonal cheer” to the apartment:

The idea for the door wreath came from an image I found on Apartment Therapy after a Google images search for “yarn wreath”. I was looking for a yarn “stash buster” project and this seemed like a fun idea. I used a styrofoam wreath base to glue the balls to and bought styrofoam balls to wrap the yarn around to make the yarn stretch further. Everything was glued using a glue gun.

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Z Rizdvom Khrystovyn!

I had a really nice Ukrainian Christmas! The food all turned out fairly well (I was disappointed with the holubtsi but 1 out of 12 isn’t all that bad!) and there was MORE than enough food – infact we barely dented some of the dishes (and I had been worried there wouldn’t be enough…). People tried new foods and went back for second and third helpings!!

The menu in the end was:

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Prune pyrohy

Pyrohy can have all sorts of fillings – but my favourites, the prunes, only come out at Christmas (or at least in my family). I decided to make them first – one of my helpers is coming back on Wednesday to help with the cheese & potato + the kapusta pyrohy.


Prep work underway

The cooking for Ukrainian Christmas has begun! I’ve never hosted Ukrainian Christmas before but I felt inspired to go all out this year. Thankfully two of my girlfriends volunteered to help out with the prep work – I’ll admit, once I made the menu I was feeling a bit overwhelmed.

 

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