the things we do for love


I did something in code.


While the rest of you are scratching your heads, I’m beaming in the corner.


What I mean is, given a little push in the right direction, I’ve decided I should get on with actually providing you with a way to contact me (beyond just leaving a comment on a post). So now, on my about page, you’ll find a brand new contact form.

(And also an incredibly dorky but hopefully slightly endearing photo of me eating Portuguese pastry.)


What I’m so chuffed about is that, in order to create the form, I had to do all sorts of fun things within brackets and involving equals signs and 1s and 0s.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. I clicked an “Add Contact Form” button in WordPress and they created it for me. But then I got to see the coding before I hit publish, so that sort of counts, right?


Anyway, the point is that you can now have your streams of conciousness delivered directly to my email inbox (which, as any millennial knows, might as well be directly to my brain). Because I love you.

Send me recipes, send me requests for cookies, send me love letters and questions about baking temperatures and restaurant recommendations. Don’t send me pictures of your you-know-whats.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I’m highly unoriginal these days. All I want to bake are cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies. But hey – there are worse things in life. Let’s just go with it.


one cup butter
one cup sugar
one cup brown sugar
two eggs
one teaspoon vanilla
two cups all-purpose flour
one cup bread flour
one teaspoon baking soda
two teaspoons hot water
half teaspoon salt
two cups chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate)
flaked sea salt, for garnish (I use Maldon)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until combined.
In a small glass or bowl, stir hot water and baking soda. Add to butter mixture along with vanilla, and mix well.
Sift in flours and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Scoop by large spoonfuls on the prepared baking sheets, and then sprinkle with a small amount of flaked sea salt.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are browning and the cookies look done.

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