Monumental rainfall followed by stifling heat means mosquitos. Of course here, it doesn’t just mean common or garden mosquitos, it means huge, mutant reprobates with an agenda: namely to make me look as if I’m suffering from a very nasty infectious disease. And as if a nasty infectious disease isn’t punishment enough, I’m also covered in bruises from walking around the house in the dark because I’m too scared to put the lights on.
Léo is injured too and has his arm in a sling (something to do with walls, daredevilry and being a ten-year-old boy). Since his skateboarding tricks are somewhat impeded, he decided we should make chocolate chip cookies; I decided that they should be reasonably healthy and this is what we came up with.
Ingredients (makes 25-30 cookies)
125g spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
65g virgin coconut oil
75g cane sugar
40g organic chocolate chips
15g chopped hazelnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the coconut oil until the mixture is the consistency of breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, chocolate chips and nuts. Add the vanilla and egg and mix until the mixture becomes a stiff dough. Knead the mixture on a floured surface and roll into a sausage shape, roughly 5cm thick. Refrigerate for several hours or even overnight.
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Cut the dough into slices of just under a centimetre and arrange, spaced out (the cookies, not you ;-)) on a greased baking sheet. Cook for 12 minutes and leave to cool.