This past week I’ve been housesitting at my parent’s home in Kerrisdale. They are in Patagonia hiking in the wild. I am taking care of their garden and pets and it feels sometimes like I am running a zoo!
One of the perks of petsitting is that my parents have three spotted hens who lay three eggs a day! I’ve posted a picture of one of the ladies above (Henny Penny). Isn’t she a beaut?
Below is a picture of the eggs that I’ve been collecting each misty Vancouver morning this past week:
Having all these eggs just appear every morning is pretty wonderful, but I am not the kind of girl who likes wake up every day to eggs and bacon (greasy!) So, into the baking bowl they must go.
My first use of these marvellous eggs last week was in a batch of chocolate chip cookies from my parent’s cookbook “The Nature Trust Cooks!” The cookies turned out great, especially with the 70% cocoa chocolate chips I snuck from my mom’s pantry. (shh!)
Here’s the recipe if you’re interested in whipping up a batch of these cookies yourself. They are soft, chewy, and have a subtle hint of sweet spices. Don’t worry the recipe only calls for 2 eggs :)
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies by Marian Adair
Recipe from: “The Nature Trust Cooks”
*The author, Marian, calls this recipe “The good old standby for everyday cookies” mm!
1/4 c. margarine 1/2 c. butter 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cup flour 1tsp baking soda 1tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp nutmeg pinch of salt 2 c. chocolate chips (splurge on the good stuff!) 2 c. quick cooking rolled oats
Directions1. Mix together the wets: In a stand up mixer or large bowl, cream together butter and margarine (room temperature). When butters are combined and mixture is smooth, add sugars until the mixture forms a fluffy blend. Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined, then add vanilla. 2. In a large bowl whisk dries together. Fluff it all up and then gradually add to the wets. Once cookie dough is combined, stir in choco chips (splurge on the good kind!) and oats. 3. Form into small squished balls and bake at 350 F for 10-12 mins or until lightly golden in colour.
-This makes about 3 dozen cookies, so you may want to divide the dough in half before you add the choco chips, and perhaps add raisins to the other half, this will give you two kinds of cookies for the price and effort of one! Whoohoo!
-Cookies are extra enjoyable with a cold glass of milk.