Today, I had a morning coffee appointment.
I went for a walk yesterday, and totally procrastinated getting ready for my week. So- the house wasn’t ready to host, I wasn’t ready to host, I don’t have my lunch ingredients yet- and in normal Jen fashion, I decided to wait until this morning to do it all.
I looked up a great lemon-ginger-cornmeal cookie recipe, to make cookies for my appointment this morning. I make my living cooking, so I figured going shopping and picking up blueberry Hostess muffins probably wouldn’t be good. Luckily I had all of the ingredients on hand to make these little lemon cookies, so it was no biggie to make them. I only made one adjustment: I subbed in real ginger (which, by the way, gave them some real snap!)
OK, I made a second adjustment. I made the cookies WAY TOO BIG. So they ended up looking like this:
All right, full disclosure: they didn’t end up looking like that until I cut them (with a knife, and then when that didn’t work so well, a pizza cutter.) I don’t think I can fool anybody into thinking that cookies come out of the oven with 45 degree angles.
I was equipped with Julia Child’s policy line: never apologize. Put the erratically geometric gems on a pretty platter and nobody will notice.
With one batch out of the oven and cooling already, I had an idea. The cookies were supposed to rest on the tray for 2 minutes after coming out of the oven, just enough cooling to not rip as they are moved from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack. Why not try, in those 2 minutes, to use a cookie cutter and make them into a cute shape?
I got out my stepstool – pulled down my not-very-often-used cookie cutters – sorted through the Christmas tree, Santa, Dog bone, and Easter bunny and found the most nondescript shape I have.
It worked well, for the ten cookies I was able to perform surgery on (before they cooled too much). Jen’s new rule: A Cover Up is never Bad.
In the subsequent 15 minutes before my appointment, I: quickly put my extra papers in my bookbag, ran the vacuum, stashed my dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and made my table pretty.
After all of that, I opened my computer- and my appointment is postponed until next week.
Anyone for coffee???