I could stare at this photo all day. These cookies are a creation of love.
I must admit I have no shame. Three years of law school and almost twenty years later into a career and I could give it all away for a slice of cake. Not just any slice.
I would trade it to be able to make a slice of something beautiful. A gorgeous creation that I would spend hours in the kitchen creating. Hours, measuring and beating, weighing and waiting for something gorgeous. The joy I would receive as I sat at my kitchen table with the kitties nearby joined by my friends and a steaming pot of tea.
Just imagine every day around 4:00 sitting down for tea and a slice of cake. Oh the joys. So who am I doing the trading with? A client. I had a new client come into the office yesterday. His profession is "chef". So of course I had to ask the follow up questions, did you train professionally? where? what do you enjoy most about the kitchen? what type of chef are you? My hero!!! He went to Cordon Bleu, loved every moment of it and while he is not a pastry chef, he loves to make cakes for families and friends.
I have no shame, I told him I would trade him my law degree for his Cordon Bleu degree. If I went to Cordon Bleu I would study every night and do all my homework. We talked food, technique, chefs and recipes. I might just tell him to pay me in sugar.
To top off my baking fantasies I came home to find a gift awaiting me from my darling friend Vicki at 2 bags full. What makes a friend? Sugar and spice and everything nice. Love and kindness and little tea cookies. Vicki sent me a package from Butter Blossoms. Enter her site at your own risk. I find myself wanting to order everything.
The cookies with the Eiffel Tower are French tea cookies. Here is miss butter blossoms description. Are you dreaming of tea time in a pretty Parisian cafe alongside the river Seine? Transport your next tea party to Paris with our French Breakfast tea cookies! This exquisite tasting black tea comes form the highly renowned Kenilworth Garden in Ceylon and imparts the most delicate tea flavor to each cookie with just a subtle hint of honeysuckle. Tres chic!!!
So while I did not do the baking my fantasy came through as I sat down last night with my cookies, a cup of tea and the kitties nearby. All that was missing was my friend Vicki, sitting at the table with me. She is in the Caribbean as I write this. I must also add that the package for these cookies is simple yet charming. There was a beautiful note attached to the box, from Vicki. Yes, I am one of those people who slowly open packages refusing to tear anything. It must have taken me 5 minutes to open this one.
Cooking is one of my passions in life. Enjoying good food, pastries, chocolate and everything the French have to savor is my other. This should come as a surprise given my father chose my name after reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I am a voracious reader and collector of cookbooks. Little did I know that all my grade school French lessons would come in handy one day.