I think most food bloggers are emotionally based cooks. Something about food just speaks to us. It’s like a combination of art and music all rolled into one. Cooking is stress relieving, at least for me. Which is why I found myself in the kitchen yet agian on Sunday afternoon.
Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heartProverbs 12:25
Our church had a creative way to deal with covid. We had planned to do drive in church. You know like the old drive in movies. Everyone in their cars, listening to the pastor preach. The Pastor had it cleared with city, health boards and police before announcing it via the internet, it was all a GO. We packed up a picnic and laid toys and blankets in the back of the vehicle so kids had a place to play. After 2 weeks of not seeing my friends, I was really looking forward to it. Music came onto the speakers and I could see the faces smile in the cars beside us, I waved through closed window. My spirits lifted. I could get used to this- if I had too. At least I was out of the house, at least there was sun. I could see the people, I could see my church family. My kids promptly unbuckled and began playing in the back seat.
The music came to a quick halt. Pastor grabs the microphone and announces in a cracked voice that we had to disband. The authorities were shutting us down. According to authorities, the rules had changed overnight. As of midnight, government was now saying – No gatherings greater then 5, not even a wedding. Even if in a car- and they were now enforcing by law. The Pastor announced they would do a live feed later that day via internet. So there I was on Sunday, back in the kitchen again. Trying to make my mind stop spinning. I mindlessly added butter, sugar, eggs and rich milk laden chocolate to mixer. Being a pastry chef, I had memorized this recipe long ago. The thought of my new plant based lifestyle was so far removed from my brain to care. 50 scoops, and 8 min later I had the perfect hot and chewy chocolate chip cookies came out of the oven. No one complained -but after my 4th, when I was calm to allow other thoughts in my brain, I realized what just happened. Old habits die hard, I guess. Does that ever happen to you? You get so caught up in releasing your stress that forget where peace actually comes from and what your trying to accomplish?
Let’s be real here. I won’t hide behind my computer falsely confessing that I am living a completely stress free, 100% plant based, sugar free, healthy life during this pandemic. We all have our days, I had mine on Sunday. When you have your day, and it will happen…. Here is a chocolate chip cookie recipe, is it healthy …eh maybe not… but hay it’s Vegan and Gluten free – Smile tomorrow is another day.
Like my mother always said there is nothing God, duct tape, batteries or a good cookie dough cannot fix.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: Orig Recipe found in Nestle cookbook. Vegan & Gluten Free
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free 1:1 baking flour blend
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated vegan white sugar of choice
- 1/3 cup water, room temperature
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 2/3 cups Vegan Chips (example : Camino or Made Good)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
COMBINE flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in small bowl. Beat shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until blended. Mixture will look sandy. Add water and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
FLATTEN each dollop to a rounded shape.
BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until tan across cookie surface. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container. Makes about 36 cookies