As I write this post, I am at my due date for this lovely fourth pregnancy. I feel wonderful today which is a sign that the birthday will not be today. This much I know. Otherwise, I am surprised to still be pregnant as I expected to be holding a newborn at this point. I think all my friends and family did. Waiting aside, I am also thrilled to still be experiencing this pregnancy and closeness as well as spending time with my children, husband and my mom.
Though I hadn’t planned to do another blog post before the birth of my baby, I have an itch to write and photograph. To do things one last time before my whole routine is upside down and wonderful. Since I have a load of recipes up my sleeve, I thought, let’s just go for it!
But before the recipe, I wanted to share some things that are just rocking my small world lately. First up, Game of Thrones, obviously!
Books I’m Reading
Woman of Colour by Latonya Yvette
Educated by Tara Westover
A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk
Cookbooks we’re cooking from:
French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from A Village in the Vineyards by Mimi Thorisson
The First 40 Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven and Marisa Belger
Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolengh
Books I’m Reading to My Kids at Night
In the Town All Year’ Round By Rotraut Susanne Berner (my youngest loves this book)
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
Chirri & Chirra In the Tall Grass By Kaya Doi and translated by Yuki Keneko
Mother’s Day: Reads & Ideas
4 Mother-Daughter Businesses
Mother’s Day Recipes: Every year, I ask for Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon and spinach for brunch (I make buttermilk biscuits and my husband makes everything else). My mom will be joining us this year so I’ve been looking into recipes I can make for her (what a treat to have her here). This Bon Appetit post features sweet and savoury recipes. I’m really liking the sound of jammy eggs, herb filled quiches and a savoury Dutch baby. For dessert, I’ll probably make a flourless chocolate cake but I do like the sounds of this Blackberry-Lavender Cake.
Mother’s Day Activities: I remember spending a lot of time outdoors on Mother’s Day as a child and I feel the same way now that I’m a mother. Whether it involves going for a stroll in the city or beach, hiking or just tending the garden, it is just nice to spend time outside together.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Bakery Style Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Time: Prep Time (20 minutes) + Resting time (2 hours) + Baking Time (15 minutes per batch)
½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c vegetable shortening
1 ¼ c light brown sugar packed
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 300g bar dark chocolate, chopped
Flaky salt for sprinkling (I use Maldon)
1. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
2. Cream the butter and shortening together in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
3. Add the sugars and peanut butter and beat until creamy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix.
5. At low speed, add the flour mixture. Mix until there is a little bit of flour visible. Add the chopped chocolate and mix on the “stir” setting until just incorporated.
6. Cover the bowl with beeswax wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 48 hours.
7. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a pan with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, measure large balls of dough (3 tbsps but it doesn’t have to be exact) onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Press down slighty with the heel of your hand and sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges should be a golden brown. Allow to rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.
Serve warm with a glass of milk/mylk! But, they are equally good or perhaps better at room temperature.