Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Love in a letter

I used to love listening to Elvis and sometimes still do. One favourite song, Return to Sender, a very catchy number pleased and perplexed me in equal measures. Do you know the song? It’s very catchy.

I gave a letter to the postman,
He put it in his sack.
Bright and early next morning,
He brought my letter back.

She wrote upon it:
Return to sender, address unknown.
No such number, no such zone.
We had a quarrel, a lover’s spat
I write I’m sorry but my letters keep coming back

The recipe coincidentally contains one of my favourite delights, flaxseed. Flaxseed is a wonder food and bellows health and sustenance, with its highly nutritious repertoire of goodness; you’ll be YEEHAAAING all the way, as it’ll leave you feeling satisfied and nicely full. The Omega-3 fatty acid and array of B vitamins will boost brainpower and concentration all the while. I’ve tinkered with it ever so slightly; in place of the applesauce I’ve used pureed apples, blueberries and bananas. Also I’m a huge fan of Glenilen Farm Dairy Products, the deep mellow yellow colour of the Butter is a world and flavour away from other butters. It’s churned and produced in West Cork, I know the place well, and often think the dairy cows there look very content, munching away on the lush green grass, Waitrose agrees too. Measurements are different in America, for that reason I’m sharing two versions with you, so wherever you may be in the world, whichever one suits, is the right one for you. You’ll have a lovely batch of cookies to savour.

Family recipes are a true treasure, a source of comfort and connection, if there’s one thing I recommend, it’s sharing family recipes, in doing so we celebrate the ties that bond us and reconnect in a lovely and personal way.

So whatever you’re doing this week, bake a batch of these if you get the chance, savour sweet memories and let them dance over your thoughts – maybe even write a letter or two.

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak.

John Donne

Special tip – To truly embrace baking buy a special bowl, one that is beautiful and solid, it’s the little things that make the whole experience more rewarding.

Cowboy cookies - Here we go

American Version
1 c. butter
2 c. date sugar  (can add ~2 tbsp brown sugar or honey if desire more sweetness- but not necessary)
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 c. brown rice flour (for gluten-free) or whole wheat flour +
1/2 c. flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)
1 tsp. aluminum-free baking soda 
Salt a sprinkle
Vanilla a few dashes
2 c. oats
1 c. flaked coconut

British version
butter 200g
sweet freedom 250g
unsweetened applesauce/ pureed apple and blackberry 60g
brown rice flour or whole-wheat flour 250g
flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) 85g
baking soda 1tsp 
Salt a sprinkle
Vanilla a few dashes
Oats 200g
Desiccated coconut 120g

PRE-HEAT oven to 350F, 180'/ gas 4.
MIX flour, oats, baking powder, flaxseed, salt and desiccated coconut in a bowl.
MELT butter, sweet freedom and vanilla in a small saucepan.
POUR into bowl and mix everything well with a wooden spoon.
SPOON required cookie sized dollops of the mixture onto a non-stick baking tray/ or one lined with baking parchment.
SHAPE into cookie shape of your choice.
BAKE for 10-12 minutes, until nicely golden.
REMOVE from oven and leave to cool on tray for five minutes.


  1. Great post! I blogged a little while ago about Elvis Presley's peanut butter and banana fried sandwich which I made from Nigella Lawson's book "Nigella Bites". Love this cookie recipe :)

  2. Thanks Joey, that is fantastic to hear. I'll have to check out that recipe! Sounds yum;-) Love the Elvis connection!

  3. Mmmm Mmmm.... scrumptious!!!!These blogs get my mouth watering evey time!:-)X

  4. I look forward to seeing your pictures Angie. Please post them on FB page;-)



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