Hello my fishy friends,
After battling my way out of lots of chats with would be pirates last week, it’s all going a bit white and fishy this week as we’re staring down the barrel at White Chocolate Day and Fish Amnesty Day this week. Yes, I knew you’d all been wondering and I can confirm that there really is an amnesty day for fish and it’s on Friday!
The idea is not to surrender all your fish up to the authorities as potential lethal weapons – though some of you who’ve been very ill after a slap up fish supper may beg to differ – it’s more to recognise fish as living animals in their own rights, in need of protection, and to convert pescatarians (you know who you are out there) to take the final step and become vegetarians.
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Well, I won’t be trying to persuade anyone to give up fish as I’m a big fish consumer, and besides, we sell smoked salmon bagels at the Café, so that would be just silly. That being the case, we’ll be celebrating White Chocolate Day instead with our scrummy White Chocolate Chip Cookies, handmade and baked on the premises (recipe below), washed down by our equally delectable drink of the week Caramel Latte. So no fishy business from us.
Have a fish-tastic week everyone!
Moira the Mackerel
225g butter, softened
400g caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250g plain flour
65g best quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
300g white chocolate chips or a white chocolate bar chopped into small pieces
Prep:15min; Cook:10min; Ready in:25min
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
- Combine the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture.
- Fold in the white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking trays.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are set. Allow cookies to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.