Countdown to blastoff for seeing my girl is down to a little under 33 hours. One major request she wanted for our meeting was me to bake her some of her favorite cookies. Apparently she has a big thing for macadamia nuts. Figures she’d pick a nut that was astronomically expensive. But, it’s a nice gesture on my part and after all, I worked in a commerical bakery for 12 years, might as well put my meager skills to good use. Like with all things, I’ve been procrastinating on this, but at least in this case for good reason. The recipe I’m using has a shelf life of about 5 days unrefrigerated, and I don’t intend to freeze them just to eek out a day or two extra. I’d rather she have them as fresh as I can get them to her, and still be able to get sufficient sleep the night before I leave.
Granted, we don’t have commerical grade equipment here for our cooking and baking purposes, for the most part its things that have been cobbled together from 2 distinct households, along with many other doodads and things collected over the course of our nearly 25 year marriage. The one thing I’m most grateful to have is my MIL’s old Kitchen-Aid mixer. Damn thing won’t die thank goodness. It’s one of the really old models, before Hobart decided to add a hinge on the main drive part so you could swing the head back in order to clean your beater/paddle/whisk easier. Considering at the bakery I worked at, we had gigantic versions of this mixer, I’m very comfortable using a spatula to clean the paddle, or even my hand as I used to do the same thing eons ago. Even so, I’m extra careful not to have the mixer plugged in while I’m fiddling with the bowl, I’ve heard some rather unsavory stories about what happens when people’s appendages or digits meet an ornery piece of mixing machinery, there’s a reason they call people ‘Lefty’ way back when…or even more currently.
Start to finish, the recipe called for about 2 1/2 hours. I think that it came out almost that long, but adding in cooling time and cleanup, it ended up being a bit longer than that. Certainly having to chronicle this (and figure out the layout for the pictures) took more time as well, since it’s now about 2:15 am EDT. Headed up to bed in a few minutes, as I have a crapload of things to do today, because yet again, I’m a procrastinator. But I have cookies! 4 damn dozen! I think someone is going to be appreciative…if not full in due time. Nighty night.