Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Ohhh, time to show the blog some love if ever I saw it. I’ve been a busy old bee of late, but I wonder where m’colleague Elinor is with her lovely sketchables? Should keep in better touch with the old sausage when she is away studying, but we are together in sprit of course.

Now for your reading pleasure is one of my favourite recipes done gluten free style-y, it’s none other than the chocolate chip, peanut butter cookie, chewy in the middle, crunchy round the circumference, in short, the cookie of my dreams.
You can naturally render this recipe in gluten full form, but my little sister is a delicate flower in these matters and needs a wheat free existence.

115g butter
115g peanut butter
225g sugar
1 egg
150g gluten free self raising flour
200g chopped milk (or any you like really) chocolate

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Cream the butters, add the sugar and the egg, add in the flour and the chopped chocolate. Pop the very soft dough into the fridge for at least half and hour. Take teaspoons of the mix and roll them into balls, put well spaced on a baking tray and bake on gas mark 4 for 15 minutes.

I planed to do an oh-so-pinterest in a kilner jar shot, but as you can see, they turned out too big.

I planed to do an oh-so-pinterest in a kilner jar shot, but as you can see, they turned out too big.

Gwen

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Dino Cake

A bit o T Rex terror for you. I finally got to use my ‘harlequin balls’ for the eight, I’ve had them for about two years but I knew they’d come in handy when I bought them.

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Week 34 of the Doodles: Take #2

Ughhh! Gurgled the creature from the pit. 

It’s been one of those weeks where everything needs doing and yet nothing seems to get done. I am tired and ill with a cold, however I have just finished my Darwin reading in record time. At some point in my life I was considering baking yummy things for my housemates, however I now really don’t feel like it, kinda wishing they would bake me some instead actually.

Regardless of food, I’m sure stuff has happened this week, I just for the life of me can’t remember any of it now. No actually I tell a lie, I’m reading a new book. And it is a kids book, but its written by Terry Pratchett and it is hilarious. Its a collection of short stories he did when he was a lot younger, some of which became bigger books later on. But its called “Dragon’s of Crumbling Castle”, certainly for me who currently has to spend about 10 hours a day staring at a computer screen, nice big clear font type on light yellow paper, wide spaced is such a God send. I was reading a book actually aimed at adults but my eyes will not focus at night on it after all day reading off the computer. Also the book is illustrated and does some really cool things with what I believe is called typography, they change the font and size of certain words and it looks really good.

Oh dear, I am reaching the end my tether aren’t I, looking back I have just rambled about a children’s book for most of this post. 

Meecum Panto?

Meecum Panto?

Well, this is what I did in my break between my lecture and seminar today. The mice have discovered the idea of Pantomimes, leading me to wonder do they still do them and I just never see them, or have they entirely disappeared?

Excuse the fact this is only a photo taken on my phone I couldn’t be bothered to take out my scanner and take the exposure down so you don’t have to read my notes through it. Now to beddie-byes methinks, n’night all.

au revoir

Elinor

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Sometimes it’s the simple cake orders

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been so proud of a letter ‘R’. The job description was simple, it was Richard’s birthday, so happy birthday Richard, you can’t argue with that.

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Gwen

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The Manse That Fell Apart

The manse that fell apart,
The manse that fell apart,
Appliances that spark,
In the manse that fell apart,

Carpet psycodellia,
Your retainers beware,
It’s a snap shot from the seventies,
Woodchip everywhere,

Don’t park your carcass on the sofa,
Or trust the dripping tap,
It might explode at any moment,
And the seating might collapse,

The manse that fell apart,
The manse that fell apart,
You wouldn’t risk a fart,
Or the manse might fall apart,

And the dust that you buffet,
Drifts by in a cloud,
And when it stops and it settles,
The chairs wear it as a shroud,

Draw back from the curtains,
If you value life or limb,
Because I couldn’t bet for certain,
On the insect life within,

The manse that fell apart,
The manse that fell apart,
The moths know martial arts,
At the manse that fell apart,

It’s not a place for running,
So moderate your pace,
I knew a man before,
Who got his foot trapped in the staircase,

Temperatures can reach,
Those of Portugal and Spain,
When the cooker in the kitchen,
Combusts in balls of flame,

The manse it fell apart,
The manse it fell apart,
And the dangers can’t be named,
In the rubble that remained.

Gwen

A little poem I wrote on holiday while staying in a vacant Manse lent to us by a friend. It’s a fairly accurate description, but we did have a lovely time. xx

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Week 33 of the Doodles: #Take 2

Hmmm… I have done yet another stupid thing, I have melted one of my forks whilst cooking rice.  Observer s’il vous plait:

Ta da!

Ta da!

Yes I am Uri Gella. So proud of myself, I turned round for two minutes looked back and just found my fork had turned into a form of shovel. Yeah apart from that Bernard, my growing lettuce if you recall, is doing very well, but may need re-potting soon, any ideas on young lettuce. I’m so relieved I’ve had him two weeks and I haven’t killed him yet. And time ticks on its 23:50 and I should start actually scanning in my art.

Lizzy and Jane talk privately about Bingley (c) Jane Austen

Lizzy and Jane talk privately about Bingley (c) Jane Austen

I’ve always loved that line in Pride and Prejudice, one of the most human lines in the book.  You can imagine them doing this though, you’ve had a night out slightly tipsy and too excited with everything to go home and so you sit on your bed and gossip over the night. Only Regency ladies did not go and get McDonalds as well, or an even worse cheaper version of “food”. My lighting in this is terrible however, I do apologise; and now I’m late by minutes, I really shouldn’t talk so long… 

au revoir

Elinor 

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…and even stupider things

I just tried to make my dinner, it was intended to be omelette with pepper, sundried tomato and cheese. It came out rather more like this…

Ermm, yeah there are no words...

Ermm, yeah there are no words…

I made scrambled eggs with extras. Yep massive cooking fail, I shall now wallow in Strictly Come Dancing. On plus note I did no set the fire alarm off and the meal is still edible.

au revoir

Elinor

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The stupidest of things

You know when you don’t realise that you’ve done something vaguely stupid until its far, far too late?

I just realised today when waiting for  a tracked amazon package, it said it was delivered and it hadn’t been so I was looking on the information and I realised it had gone to Birmingham, I sent it home.

In fact I have sent my dissertation book, the replacement power cable for my printer (which is another story), six different types of ribbon, a pack of 100 shell buttons and a Dodo Acad Calendar home.

The phrase “Oh good grief” doesn’t even cover it,- actually to be honest I used an entirely different phrase often associated horse droppings or in my personal case forgetting chilli but I won’t repeat that on the blog – I cannot believed I managed to neglect to change the address when I really thought I had. So all the hope of scouring the front hall for packages has been for nothing I am now going to have to be very nice and sweet and persuade my Dad he really wants to send all my packages up to Lincoln.

au revoir

Elinor

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Week 32 of the Doodles: Take #2

Yes, I am the White Rabbit! *Throws doodle at you and runs*

The Twins Midnight Feast

The Twins Midnight Feast

The twins, Hop and Scotch have a midnight feast of humbug crumbs and a werthers original.

au revoir

Elinor

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How To Survive The Marrow Apocalypse Part Two, Marrow Cake

Cake it up, that’s what I say, if you have pesky Marrow cluttering up the kitchen then cake it right up. I loosely used this recipe. I think it’s good to be a bit free and easy with baking, especially when your aim is to make something lovely out of leftovers, you don’t want to make the thing into a chore.

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A nice thick layer of icing never hurts either.

Gwen

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