Complaining about the status of the cookie industry in Melbourne (Butterbings aside) is a hobby of mine. “Ugh! Even the middle is hard” and “They add too many chips to disguise the flavourless dough” and “Well, you may have to settle for a Subway cookie” are a few of the things I hear myself saying over and over again.
I complain because I love. I love cookies.
They are the best dessert.
That is fact and I rather not argue about it.
Some would say I was cookie-spoiled by New York City. They’ve got Ovenly and Milk Bar and Insomnia Cookies and Levain Bakery. Even Two Hands knows what’s up. By the time I moved to Melbourne, I was an outright and aggressive cookie snob and I did not apologise for it.
It wasn’t anger that drove me in the beginning. I waited patiently thinking surely something will open soon. It’s now 6 years on and nothing. Again, I will mention Butterbings because they are amazing but I’m talking about the simple chocolate chip cookie we all know and love.
(This brings me to the mystery disappearance of the cinnamon and glazed donut but I will spare you that rant until I can commit to a full investigation.)
The truth, as is always the case, is that this annoyance comes from within. I’m not mad at the Melbourne Cookie Industry. I’m mad at myself. I can’t bake cookies to save my life. Or my husband’s life. Or my dog’s. I’m basically responsible for the death of my entire family.
I’ve tried for years. YEARS! I have an entire Pinterest board basically dedicated to cookie recipes. But I am not a patient baker, no. I’m no baker at all. I am someone that lives and eats in the now. The concept of starting on cookies today to eat them tomorrow is exhausting.
Life changed dramatically when I found the recipe below on William Sonoma. It takes 30 minutes max, and even if you get measurements wrong and blend things in the wrong order you get a perfect result. I don’t get chemistry enough to understand why this cookie beats all others when it basically contains the same (or less) ingredients and instructions as every other one, but I will no longer question it.
Let us enjoy and rejoice, friends! Maybe if I bake hard enough I’ll be the one to finally open up that cookie cafe Melbourne had desperately been waiting for.
Your petrol tank is full, your bag is packed and you have snacks on hand; you’re ready to road trip to Rutherglen!
As your three-hour drive from Melbourne finally comes to an end, you’ll turn into Rutherglen’s Main Street and see a heart-warming sign, “Sydney may have a nice harbour but Rutherglen has a great port”! The historic Rutherglen offers so much more than just this: interesting people, excellent produce, delicious food and even better wine.
(Below is just a snack size sample of how to maximise the delicious food options Rutherglen has on offer. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked after your first weekend away and immediately plan your next trip to the region – it happens to the best of us!)
It was a big week over here in Bianca land. First, I finally did my taxes! Second, I completed my Construction Induction course which means I am one step closer to getting my White Card, which also means I’m closer to officially becoming an owner-builder. Wohhoooo because that all means we’re closer to getting started on the nitty-gritty side of our home renovation. Huge news! Very exciting! I made cookies to celebrate and they turned out to be my best cookies yet, which means you’ll probably see that recipe on Where Food Is soon because I must never forget it. Anyway…
According to Man Repeller, low rise jeans are making a come back but I think we all need to #justsayHELLno
This Aziz Ansari interview is the best.
Watch Queen Tina Fey speak about Charlottesville.
The trailer for The Crown Season 2 and I cannot wait.
I really need to come up with a reason to use this venue.
Arya and Brinne’s fight scene analysed.
This is exactly Jack when he tries food for the first time.
So excited for this new show on Netflix.
In need of greeting cards? Order here!
We have so much to catch up on!
Despite it’s score on Rotten Tomatoes, I watched this on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I might wait a few months and read the book.
It helps that am obsessed with Leslie Mann.
Also, Olivia Wilde on Colbert is so close to perfection.
Late to the game but I’ve been admiring this lady’s hair lately.
Heading to the Robert Gordon Factory Outlet Thursday. Sale time!
Currently reading The War on Art. It seems I will re-read it for the rest of my life.
Oh, Hello on Broadway is on Netflix. YASSSS!
Are you a Catan fan? Follow this FB page. The more you read the better they get.
I need to find the time to watch all of these.
Song Exploder: a podcast breaking down the song writing process with the songwriter. Start with the Weezer episode, continue at your own will.
The best article I’ve ever read on hair. Ditto, Leandra. Ditto.
I still can’t get enough of this song. So sue me.