It's a very grey and rainy day here today- so my pictures have turned out rather dull. But I wanted to write about these cookies made on the weekend- inspired by this post at angry chicken. They're 'chocolate-espresso snowcaps' the recipe is here at Martha Stewart. And they are very good, although a medium amount of patience is required in the making: you have to melt chocolate (I used a double boiler) and then mix it in to the dough when it is cool, and freeze the soft dough until it's firm enough to handle. But the texture of the cookies is a bit like brownies, but with a strong coffee flavour- yum. (I didn't roll the uncooked cookies in as much icing sugar as was suggested in the recipe because I knew my children would insist on eating some). I'm thinking of making some cookies for Christmas gifts this year- maybe a selection wrapped up nicely for the teachers, neighbours, etc.
Also on the weekend, I rediscovered a very old box of paints that were given to me when I was a child by my grandfather. They're all dried up in little glass jars now, and took a lot of water to reconstitute, but it was really fun to have a little paint of some every day objects in the kitchen. I recommend it for relaxation.