I am shaping this blog around many things, one of them being the Four Hour Chef recipes. I am awaiting my copy of the book to arrive, so until then…
I am excited about this journey in the kitchen. Taking the recipes from Tim Ferriss’s book and recreating them in my kitchen, as I explore the ways I am pulled to my kitchen. My other Zenspiration for this journey of tackling recipes is the film Julia & Julia In times of happiness or despair, highs and lows, or for the simple fact that the kitchen calls to me. Something about cooking, baking, creating something finite, and then enjoying the fruits of your labor. It can be meditation in motion. It is preparing and creating food for my temple; my body and soul.
Last nite I created cookies. I had a long day, full of emotions with the man in my life and the friends and family whom I love. Yesterday I had a hard day with myself. I found myself in the kitchen. What emerged was a woman who was firmer on her feet, and happier in her heart, and satisfied in her belly. These cookies were ad-hoc, but turned out tasty, and SO-ubber healthy (in my opinion). Also, the half bottle of Menage a Trois I drank while baking and enjoying the fruits of my labor sure was a nice addition.
Oatmeal-Peanut Butter-Strong woman-cookies
3 cups Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats
1/4 cup Balade Light butter with Sea Salt
1 cup (give or take) Trader Joe’s 100% Pure Maple Syrup
I cup creamy salted Peanut Butter from unbalanced peanuts (TJ brand)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
2 heaping tsps. of cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the butter, peanut butter, and syrup together until blended well. Add in the rest of the goodies, mix it all together evenly, spoon batter onto lightly greased (with 100% pure coconut oil from TJ’s) cooking sheet, allowing some growing room. Bake about 10-13 minutes or until barely brown around the edges. The original recipe called for some chocolate chips, but I had none! So I used the Trader Joe’s Powerberries Trek Mix with Almonds, cashews, and Cranberries and just picked out the powerberries and a handful of the cranberries (about 3/4 cup total, or all the powerberries in a 12 oz bag). And since it was in my fridge, I also threw in about 3/4 cup of Baker Josef’s (TJ’s) Shredded Sweetened Coconut. These secret goodies made ALLLLLL the difference in the happiness my cookies gave me, and those who enjoyed them. Bon appetite!