Well it is now Tuesday night. I am tucked up in bed psychologically preparing myself for work tomorrow. I have been at home for the past week recovering from a chest infection so my brain needs to start moving the gears up! Today I got out of bed at midday and chopped up some vegetables for the slow cooker in an attempt to create a lentil stew for the rest of the week. I went back to bed and slept a bit more. When I finally got up I took my shower, switched on my phone, logged into my NHS mail and Systmone account. It was not as bad as I thought it might be after seven days away. Much of the work I think I can manage when I get back tomorrow, I have an administrative session in the morning and I will chip away at as much as I can.
After doing that, and seriously thinking about in what order I was going to tackle all of my tasks, my mind wandered to food (as it always does) and I realised that I did not have any homemade snacks to take to work. I also thought that I had better see how much stamina I had, so decided to bake some cookies.
I had a jar of cranberries that I wanted to use up so it was as good a start as any. Despite my multiple recipe books, I will still turn to Google to look for a recipe that I can adapt for my purposes. After a short search, I found a Martha Stewart recipe that seemed to fit the bill. I had to make a number of adaptations based on the contents of my cupboards. I used wholemeal self-raising flour instead of all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder. I do not have two types of sugar so I used 1 1/2 cups of golden caster sugar. Crucially, I did not have any eggs, so I used two tablespoons of chia seeds as a substitute to mix with the milk (in my case almond milk). I recently read in a vegan text book that chia seeds could be used as an egg substitute. I made a lovely gloopy mixture which seemed to work well. I decided from the outset that I was only going to make 12 cookies and freeze the remainder of the cookie dough mixture for another day.
As for the final product? Sweet and crunchy! I think I like them. They will certainly be coming to work with me tomorrow.
Reference: Martha Stewart oatmeal cranberry cookies