OK OK, so the saying goes that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or something about not reinventing the wheel. You know, those wiseasses and their very clever sayings about not tinkering around and experimenting. Well, to those people, we say pshaw! There is always value in mucking around for the sheer pleasure of it, because who knows what you may get as a result? Sure, there is always the risk of a catastrophic outcome, but en même temps, there is always the promise of a happy surprise.
This chocolate chip cookie did not happen by accident. It happened by compromise. The Ninja Turtle had, for the past several months, started poking her nose where it didn’t really belong (i.e. Paleo websites) and found some mouthwatering recipes that made her wish she was not a Ninja Turtle, but a Cave Turtle. Man, who knew the paleolithic era featured such culinary delights? Did civilization kill off our cooking skills or what?
GodzillaPin, one must remember, is French and therefore, the idea of removing wheat from his diet is sacrilège! In fact, it’s rather interesting to see how well the whole Paleo thing would go down here in good ol’ Gaul, where half the country’s economy is built upon wheat. But we digress…
True to the Caveman spirit, GodzillaPin requested – nay, demanded – the Ninja Turtle to make him some cookies, as his sweet tooth had started raging. As the Ninja Turtle was pottering around the kitchen, the idea of trying out one of those fancy recipes crossed her mind. Out came the linseeds, coconuts and all those weird things that the Paleo community has laid claim to. As soon as GodzillaPin saw those ingredients, suspicion began to grow, and he offered to help chop the chocolate as a pretext to hang around and see just what on earth the female was doing. Imagine the horreur when the suggestion of a wheat-free cookie came up.
Before we continue, we wish to make one thing absolutely clear, as some people tend to be readily offended by the slightest hint of a joke. This post is not intended to mock the Paleo community. If anything, we’re increasing publicity of the whole movement. No, we humbly acknowledge that in our weakness, we are unable to give up lovely, lovely wheat for the moment, despite being enticed by the principles of the Paleo lifestyle. We thought we will try and ease our way into it by incorporating parts of it, and if we don’t break out in a rash/withdrawal symptoms, we will progressively relent and repent, we promise. For now…
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Fancy Stuff
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
130g sugar (any type, we used brown)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
50g of dessicated coconut
30g whole linseed
60g chopped dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180⁰C. Line your trays with baking paper.
Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl. Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the egg and vanilla essence.
Fold in the dry ingredients and mix until you get a consistent mixture. Mix in the coconut, linseed and dark chocolate.
Scoop mixture by the tablespoon and place them on the baking paper about 2 inches apart. They don’t spread, so you can put them a bit closer if you wish, but ours liked some breathing space.
Well, as it was mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are some instances when one regrets mucking around with a tried and true recipe. This was NOT one of those instances. Of course, it must be stated that one must enjoy coconut to like this, but the addition of coconut and linseed created a rich and complex texture to the cookie that we never would have imagined.
So, it was with the deepest regret that we retired the two packets of cookies we bought earlier that day, because who wants to eat that stuff when there is the homemade variety, right?