In reality though there are runs in my stockings, the fridge is empty, I buy the cheapest wine with the last of my money, I drink green tea instead of anything sparkling, bald girls do not look french, and I wake up with the flu.
Reality isn't always fair. So this is what I do:
- I decorate my room so it is as neat and pretty as can be.
- I put on some red lipstick
- I wear my most french looking hat
- I scrub my apartment until it sparkles
- I drink so much tea......and pretend its the expensive kind (not the kind you get on sale for $1 at the supermarket)
- I try to make my hair sit flat, instead of sticking right up into the air like I have been sticking forks in the toaster.
- I put on my fake pears
- I carry on with life
- But most of all I bake something beautiful.
Sometimes having beautiful things and luxuries is a bit hard on a pastry chefs budget, but you can always make a wee bit of your own beauty. After all Coco Chanel was just a dancer before she made it in the fashion scene.......so really we all must start somewhere.
Making these cookies certainly brings a bit of beauty to your life. They just feel so lovely and pretty.
Coconut Jam Heart Cookies (Adapted from a Donna Hay Recipe.)
You will need:
- 125g soft butter
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1tsp of vanilla essence
- 1 and 1/2 cups of plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
- Icing sugar (for decoration)
- 1/2 cup of Jam.......I used boysenberry but you can use any jam you like, just try to use something thats good quality.
1) Messure out all your ingredients
2) Sift together the plain flour and baking powder
3)In an electric mixer (or with a hand held beater) cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4)Beat in egg and vanilla
5)Fold though the dry ingredients, and work into a dough.
7) On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 3 cm thick.
8) Use a round cookie cutter to cut circles.
9) Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of half of the cookies.....make sure you have an even number otherwise you will have to eat the mismatched one.
11) Place on a cooling wrack to cool completely.
13) Spread the other half cookies with jam.
14) Sandwich the cookies together.