Monday, November 6, 2017

DST, Guy Fawkes, Balconies. Pensions, Saturday Dinner, Bowling,

We forgot, or didn't really know, the clocks went back on Saturday night, for some reason they hadn't
been screaming it all over the TV and radio this year with the result that we had no idea. I vaguely remembered hearing something about it during the week but forgot about it. Just as well it is a Sunday. I just wish everything electric or digital would change themselves like the computers and the TV box. I have trouble with my watch every time, I forget what I have to do and it takes me forever to remember. Then I have to go round changing all the clocks in the apartment and Monday in the car too. Of course I haven't mentioned that Sunday being November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day too. Not sure how much that is celebrated in the UK any more. As a youngster I really enjoyed the bonfires and fireworks.

Having posted a picture of the new panels on our balcony railing we are now awaiting the final touches of the smoked glass at the top part of the railings. So much for all the naysayers who didn't think they would be finished this year. Yes, I was one. I think the windows will be cleaned by the super from something I overheard. I do hope so because it isn't a job Matt and I could manage. Sunday was mist and some rain so I am hoping Monday will be dry enough for them to work.

Monday morning we need to get ourselves to the bank to have Matt's signature witnessed on documents to prove to the British pension service that he is still alive and kicking. As I said to Matt this morning, it's odd we have had one or two such requests for him but not for me.

By the way I cooked the Parmesan Roast Potatoes, which I posted in October, for the second time. this time they were fully cooked and we both found them delicious. My bathroom scales weren't so keen on them though. I didn't do any kind of dip as shown in the picture. Just served them with lamb chops and saut√©ed cabbage which is one of our favourites. Of course Saturday we go the whole hog with wine and dessert so I don't suppose that my scales were keen on that either. Part of me says what does it matter at my age, part of me doesn't want to gain lots of weight.

Today being Monday, hopefully all four of us will be there for bowling and we will maybe win some points. After the last two weeks we need them.

I always enjoy shortbread although rarely eat it at any time other than Christmas/New Year's. These sounded an interesting change. I am not familiar with Coconut Flour but I do like the taste of coconut.

Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

Need new holiday cookies to add to the mix? These coconut flour shortbread cookies are deliciously
crowd-pleasing.

1/3 cup coconut flour
4 Tbs grass-fed butter
1 Tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs dark chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Cut butter in with the coconut flour using a pastry cutter or two knives, until the butter turns pea-sized.

3. Add in maple syrup and vanilla extract and cream into the dough until a smooth dough is created.

4. Divide dough into eight even amounts. Rolls each piece into a ball, place on a baking sheet, and gently flatten with the back of a fork.

5. Bake for 6-8 minutes, watching carefully so they don’t burn.

6. While the cookies are baking, melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler, or in the microwave on 50% power for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the melted chocolate in a small plastic bag or piping bag. Once the cookies are naked and mostly cooled, drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. Allow the chocolate to harden before enjoying!

Servings: 8

Author: Deanna Dorman
Source: Paleohacks

Have a great day
 

23 comments:

  1. Hi Jo - glad the balconies are coming along and hope they sort out the cleaning of the windows. Good luck with the sojourn out for witnessing ... and those potatoes I love ... a little never does anyone any harm ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Me too Hilary. We have been making roast potatoes for years of course, but never with Parmesan before this recipe.

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  2. The recipe makes eight cookies? LOL. I have refrained from my usual DST rant. I did comment on one blog where the writer told everyone to turn their clocks forward. Oops. Why can't they just leave the clocks alone?

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    1. I guess you can always double up Denise. Yes, I was thinking of you when I wrote about DST.

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  3. I didn't forget changing the clocks (Fall Back is one of my favorite days!) but I didn't remember Guy Fawkes Day until my wife mentioned it last night.

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    1. Wish you'd reminded me Alex. Guy Fawkes is not really an American "thing" is it?

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  4. I only had to change one clock in my house. Everything else is updated automatically, even my watch. Still can't decide if that's convenient or creepy.

    I've tried baking with things like almond flour and coconut flour, and they never come out looking like in that picture. Not even close.

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    1. Lucky you Bryan. I have 4 or 5. As well as the car.

      I guess The Happy Whisk would be the expert on things like coconut flour etc.

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  5. Those potatoes do look delicious. I'll have to try that.

    I'm glad your balcony is done and ready to enjoy.

    I got my clocks turned back. I saw a post on Facebook. I didn't hear much about it on the news either...maybe because there has been so much tragedy on the news this week.

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    1. They are delicious Liz. Not diet food of course.

      It's not done yet, close to.

      You are right about the tragedy but don't ban guns you guys will you?

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  6. I'm so glad your balcony is just about finished! Are they still working on any more buildings or are they done with yours?

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    1. I don't know JoJo. None round here that I know of. Mind you once they have finished our glass etc. they still have clearing up to do round this property.

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  7. I think Guy Fawkes Day is making a resurgence as i never heard about this day growing up but hear more about it now. The clocks back...glad for the hour of sleep time but I just wish to would stay this way from now on and never change. it's really stupid

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    1. Well it is only 'celebrated' in England Birgit so we wouldn't hear a lot about it here. You and Denise both. It was originally done in the UK because of the war and needing extra light.

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  8. I remembered about the clocks. I only have three and the car that I have to change. I haven't worn a watch since I retired from teaching. Those potatoes look so good.

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    1. I don't think I could do that Susan, mind you we have to be in the bowling alley at a specific time and I have to be at exercise classes at a set time as well.

      The potatoes are excellent.

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  9. Being on staycation and not having any clocks or watches on, we didn't even notice the time change. Plus, most of our devices change themselves. Having said that, I wish the time change thing would just stop. It's stupid, at this point. Enough already.

    I use coconut flour and ... I have a non-dairy butter replacement so .. this might be one that I try. I also use pure local (down the road local), maple syrup in all my bakes. Heaven, I say, heaven.

    PS: This the last weekend of our staycation. Whoosh!

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    1. Funny, I can't go without my time pieces Ivy. But yes, the time change is just annoying these days.

      I figured if anyone used it you would.

      Sorry the staycation is about over.

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    2. I just came onto Tim's computer to print the formula. I will convert it to metric and give it a go. I've got these fake butter stuff that Tim loves on popping corn. Might work. But I'll wait until I do a bit more here at the trailer.

      All his stuff is moved in, and now finding homes for bits and bobs.

      Three days still left. We worked our butts off but it was so worth it. Really love the floor and walls.

      Happy Weekend and thanks for the cookies. I'll email you when I make them to show you how they work. Not sure with the fake butter but I'll give it a go!

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  10. Got it. All printed and now to hang on the fridge. Thanks bunches.

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    1. OK Ivy, let me know how they turn out. Back to the coloured veg from the other day, I am braising some red cabbage for supper. What a swine to cut though.

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    2. Did you try doing the red cabbage in quarters first? Dunno if that will help or not. We enjoy the red a great deal.

      I almost stopped working on the house and make those cookies but I don't have enough prep space and didn't want to make more of a mess. But for sure this weekend. It looks like a nice quick bake.

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    3. Tried cutting the cabbage in half, almost impossible, so I shaved sections off it and that worked fine. Turned out to be a good recipe Ivy.

      Hope you make them this weekend. Would like to know how they work.

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