This week is the kids final week of exam and I find myself more eager than them that the exam is coming to the end. Apa taknye… almost all fun activities have been put on hold just to make sure that their study time won’t be affected. Despite “no fun activities being declared”, yesterday we went shopping for boots! It felt soooo good to be able to just go out and have a look at some boots…. Everybody wanted to buy one but decided not to buy straight away after just looking at 2 shops, well… except for Jessy. She wanted hers ASAP just because the juniors are having their Mufti-Day this coming Thursday. Hai… stylo mylo betul budak ni!
Heard of this Mufti Day before? Well, honestly, I only knew about this Mufti day when my girls started schooling here in Kuwait. According to Wikipedia, Mufti Day (also known as Uniform-free Day, Casual Dress day) is a day where students go to school in casual clothing instead of school uniform. In return, students are usually required to make a small donation which goes to a chosen charity or school fundraising effort. In NES the junior students need to pay KD 0.500 each at least a week before the day. Even though they are wearing casual clothes, class will proceed as usual… this is not end of year party because they just started schooling last September but it is the last day of 1st semester.
Alright… since it has been months since my last posting, here is something sweet to start with… Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip Cookies. Recipe was taken from Rima’s blog and I have baked this cookies a couple of times this year. Love it!
- 250g unsalted butter,softened
- 200g light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp coffee oil (this is the one that gives the cookie its distinctive fragrance, I didn’t add coz I don’t have it in my pantry)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup oats,processed to bits in a chopper (i used cornflakes)
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup of your favourite nuts,chopped finely (optional… I tak letak as kids do not fancy nuts in cookies)
- 1 pack of Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips OR chocolate chunks
- 300g self-raising flour (i used plain flour with 1/2tsp of baking powder)
- If you have coffee oil, make sure you do this step at least 2 hours before,or the night before; beat the egg with the vanilla and the coffee oil to infuse or you can do this the night before,refrigerate it then bring it to room temperature before baking.
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- To the softened butter,beat in the sugar and the salt to combine. Beat in the egg and stir in the processed oats,ground almonds,optional chopped nuts and the chocolate chips / chunks. Sift the flour and fold it in,this dough will not be too stiff but not too wet either.
- For small cookies,place half-tsp of the dough,spaced slightly apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes. (mine take about 12-15 minutes)
- For large cookies, place rounded tbsp of the dough spaced apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 22 minutes.
- Cool completely and let it sit overnight in an airtight container,this is for the flavour and fragrance to develop further.