It’s a dreary, rainy day in London – particularly sandwiched as it is between some absolutely beautiful sunny days last week as well as the delectable forecast for next week. I’m spending the afternoon planning my holidays for the rest of the year. I realise how incredibly posh that sounds – “oh, yes, daaahling, I have to make sure that all of my wee little weekend trips don’t conflict!” but I have a deep, dark, dirty shame: I am not a natural traveller.
I’m not sure if this is the result of having moved cities so many times (probably) or if the moves have just been an effort to overcome my sedentary nature, but I am a natural homebody. I like being near my own food supplies, my oven, my mixer and being able to eat what I want, when I want it. I am also proud to admit it: I’m a big fan of my bathtub. If I don’t get to share once every 24 hours, I get a bit grouchy. To me, there is nothing worse that a muddy or a camping holiday: Glastonbury is pretty much my worst nightmare!
On the other hand, I do want to make sure I get to see some beautiful parts of Britain: London may be a vibrant, fascinating capital city, but there are some incredibly lovely (if nature filled) spots around the UK that I’d like to see this year. This requires me to organise and plan trips and convince myself to get organised to see the world. So I’m browsing and doing that tonight!
I felt in a bit of a baking mood, so I threw together something fairly easy – a simple peanut butter cookie adapted to include chocolate and with some sweet-salt pretzel pieces.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies (adapted from Kid’s Cookies)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup roughly chopped Butterfinger pretzels
Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars.
Chop pretzels roughly and mix into the cookie batter.