Alive!

Sorry, I went underground for about a year, but I am OK and alive, just FYI 🙂

Traveling jitters

Yep, I’m alive, I just didn’t have a writing bug.

 

Work is great, Ive bought some makeup and not a lot of clothes, read a lot in my language and listened to some audio books…And that is about it for an update.

 

But tomorrow morning, I’m traveling for a week. By car. With family. That is the least stressful option.

 

I will be getting my period in the midst of it, not good; or maybe the stress will keep it at bay, I am soooo hoping that will happen! It’s usually not a huge deal for me, but last month, it was terrible, I had to leave work. So Let’s hope I’ll survive it.

Not really sure why I am nervous. Because I just am when traveling, and me nervous means lot’s of visits to the toilet. Not good when you don’t have a base but just cruise around.

 

I am pretty much packed, I am mostly bringing my pretty clothes because taking lot’s of pics means you have to try to look good in them. Weather will be great, and I’ll be hopefully meeting a never.seen-before online friend!

I am a lot scared about eating gluten free, because I do not speak the language, so I’ll try to stick with what s naturally GF, and hope for the best.

 

I really hope nothing goes wrong! It doesn’t have to be perfect, just OK. I’ll be happy with that.

 

I don’t get the whole “visualization” thing. I am much more comfortable imagining the worst possible situation and coming up with possible solutions, than thinking only positive and then things go wrong, and I am disappointed and panicky.

 

So. Gulp. Full panic mode, here.

 

 

 

Cookies with jam

I followed this recipe; sort off.

This is how I’ve done it; (I doubled the dose)

180 g butter, softened
130 g sugar + about 20g of stevia
280g of flour; I mixed about 30g of starch, 50g of ground almonds, 30g of shredded coconut, and the rest tapioca and rice flour
2 egg yolk (I mixed the egg whites and added them, mayor step away from the recipe!)
1 package  vanilla sugar
1/4tsp baking powder
1/8tsp xantham gum ((Honestly, I am not sure how much of the two I added. I went by feel)
your favourite jam – I used strawberry & apricot

So, I mixed the yolks with the sugar, and it didn’t mix well, not enough liquids, imho, so I added the butter and it went better 🙂 I weighted and added the flours, and then folded in the egg whites. It was still too sticky so I added some more starch.

As it turned out, it doesn’t really matter that I didn’t make them in little balls, but just clumped them on with my spoon technique, because they spread out into disks anyway.

I did use the wooden spoon technique to make the wholes – but I didn’t just pressed once, I pressed several times to make indentations bigger. My grannie taught me to mix the jam with a spoon or two of water, to make it more spreadable and easier to use. SO I filled the wholes with jam, and immediately after I took them out of the oven, I did it again, when they were still warm. Do left enough space, they really do spread!

170 degrees, about 17 minutes is just right, they are already a shade darker at 20 minutes. Now, because after I tasted the first batch, I decided that jam just in the middle is not enough at all, I spreaded it on the whole discs for the next two batches 🙂

I am very happy I doubled the amount, because I don’t think I would find it worth my time for just a few cookies, but when you double it, you get quite enough 🙂 I’ll be making these again! (we have full basement of jams, I really need to find a better way to use them up!!)

I even baked bread in the mean time, becuase if the oven is already hot, why not use it?!

Enjoy!

My second job interview

It’s tomorrow. First I have to go to the unemployment office, than to the interview – at least that’s how it went last time.

It’s about helping a turist guide – I know languages, so ok; , it’s near my town, fine; it’s about a monastery that I adore, great. The superiors/ bosses – either a girl I know from school or a very good family friend; crap. I don’t want to go in there and tell them I am Xy years old, zero experiences, no finished education…I am so ashamed….

 

But ok, I’ll go through it, I guess…my second problem is if the skirt I am planing on wearing is wearable on my bike.

 

Well…I’ll let you know.

Absent, much?

I totally neglected this blog. I only come and write down the books I am reading or listening to, so I don’t forget the author and the titles.

 

I have conflicting emotions about it; on one hand, it’s MY blog and I can write as much or as little as I want. But…I still feel guilty :S

 

So I’ll get better, promise!!

drunk

It was my dads Bday. so it was barollo and Graham’s vintage port and who knows what else. My world is spinning right know….

Yes, I liked that movie

What’s your number. It’s a corny romantic comedy, but not as typical as most of them, there as some things that are atypical, that I like, and just…I like it. (yes, another one of those 🙂

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