Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free and/or vegan)

Just putting the final touches to the exciting giveaway coming VERY soon, but in the meantime, here's the choc chip recipe and a little ditty about my Wake.  What? I think it's totally fine to talk about funerals on a recipe blog!  What is wrong with you?!

The weather did crazy things in the UK last week and people North of London saw the sun.  This usually only happens between 3 and 4pm on August the 12th every other year.  And it was proper hot sun: “UK warmer than Portugal!” screamed the headlines.

As I hustled my kids out of school on Friday afternoon - it was definitely rosé O’clock – a black stretch limo drove into the village.  A sight almost as rare as the sun in these parts.

It was the funeral cortège for a young local man killed in a car accident last week.  I ached for the mourners as they gathered outside the village hall for the Wake.  What a cruel contrast for them; the glorious day mocking their black, heavy grief.  I hate death.

On the way home the kids quizzed me about the limo and the accident and we chatted about the crazy concept of a Wake where people feel depressed, eat sandwiches and drink bad wine.   

I know about Wakes because my Mum died when I was 14.  Teenage angst coupled with enormous grief did not a happy Wake make.  And Aunt Olivia got drunk and cackled loudly.  She is so off my list.

So last Friday I laid down some ground rules for my Wake and I scared the kids into agreeing.

I’m going to share them with you in case the kids weren't really listening.  Ready?

At my Wake, black is forbidden.

For my Wake everyone must buy a new item of clothing.  It must fall into the ‘I love it but I can’t really justify it’ category.  It must be brightly coloured and make you feel happy.

You must toast me with champagne while laughing through your tears at the brilliance that was my life. 

You must drink enough alcohol to wake up with a massive hangover and then you can curse me for a week.

And the sun must shine as brightly as it shone last Friday. 

So, those are my Wake rules done, just another thing ticked off the list.  What about you?  Got any rules for your Wake or are you going for the laid back ‘I won’t care because I’ll be dead’ approach?

You’re right.  This is a weird thing to be talking about.

Why don’t you just eat the choc chip cookies and ignore me.  That's what my children did :-)

Chocolate Chip Cookies  (makes about 15, probably more)
No egg replacer or eggs required for these. Yippee!!

For all versions:
280g dairy free chocolate chips (you could also just chop up some dairy free chocolate)
100g ground sunflower seeds
100g ground linseeds
280g dairy free margarine (butter if you wish)
250g sugar

For gluten free:
150g rice flour
50g potato flour
½ tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
(or use 200g of Doves Farm plain flour and omit the xanthan gum)

To make with wheat flour:
Use 200g plain wheat flour and omit the xanthan gum

  • Heat the oven to 180˚Celsius and line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper
  • Put the ground sunflower seeds and linseeds into a large mixing bowl.  Add the sugar and either the gluten free flours and xanthan gum or the wheat flour.  Stir to combine
  • Add the dairy free margarine and chocolate chips and mix it all together until it is a sticky mass.  Using your Kitchen Aid makes this a whole lot easier!
  • You can now refrigerate this for up to 24 hours (although probably more, give it a go!) and I reckon you could freeze it, although I’ve never tried
  • Ideally chill the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour, but if you’re up against it move straight onto the next point...
  • Using a large spoon or an ice cream scoop, place dollops of the cookie dough onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.  Flatten the cookies and shape them to make them look cookie-esque.  Remember, they won’t rise when they’re cooking
  • Repeat until all the dough is used up
  • Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cookies are looking golden.  Remove and leave to cool on the baking tray
  • Yummy, now go shopping for that Wake outfit I talked about!

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Vicki Groth said...

I love the idea of rules for a wake, I must think of some of my own. Maybe I'll do that whilst making these fantastic cookies tonight :)

Pig in the Kitchen said...

I'm so glad the Wake rules didn't put you off making the cookies Vicki! Enjoy the cookies, they don't hang about in our house!

Millie said...

I'm almost looking forward to your Wake!! (not really the right thing to say!!) but for now I'll just make chocolate chip cookies! :)

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Millie, my wake is going to be so much fun! I wonder where you'll get your outfit?! Chanel perhaps? You could plan a girlie shopping trip to the Champs Elysees to buy your togs. :-)
Ok and no kidding, my word verification is mazing. My wake will be 'mazing!!

Iota said...

I want fabulous music at my funeral. Haven't thought much about the wake.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Iota, ah the funeral music. That's a whole other post isn't it? At a friend's funeral a brass band played 'always look on the bright side of life' as the coffin was walked out. It still makes me cry just thinking about it.

You're right, the music is crucial. Must start writing my list. (oh horror, for some reason I want Vangelis' Chariots of Fire! I am really making myself cringe...)