All morning I watched as the wind whipped the snow across the fields. The skies were grey as the soft white flakes continued to fall. Sadly all hopes of building a snowman were dashed around lunchtime. Snow is so ephemeral.
I love this little island, this long stretch of land off the coast of Funen. When I was little we would spend all the school holidays here visiting my great-grandmother. Every Easter and every October, Danish television (this was back in the days when we only had one channel) would show Anne of Green Gables. So every afternoon I would rush home from the playground and gather around the television with my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My great-grandmother’s kitchen always smelled of freshly baked something or other, most days you could smell it as soon as you came through the front door.
This morning I made my usual Nespresso latte and settled down to the fourth draft of Chocolates on My Pillow. I’ve got to the point where I can not only remember where the story is going but also what I need to focus on in the fifth draft. I’m still quite proud of myself for all the work I’ve done this year.
When it was time for a break the snow was playing havoc with the television so I rummaged through my DVDs and came up with Anne of Green Gables. Matthew Cuthbert always reminds me of my grandfather, so five minutes in I was bawling. If the weather permits it, tomorrow I will take some flowers to his grave and tell him about it.
I dried my tears and decided that our kitchen needed the smell of something freshly baked – it is Sunday which is now baking day – and my son said he wanted cookies. Together with a cup of tea they were the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of memories.
You will need:
75g soft butter
A pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Cream the butter with the sugar and the salt. Add the egg and mix well. Add the vanilla sugar and baking powder to the flour and mix it all together. Chop up the chocolate into small pieces and add it to the mixture. If you have more than one type of chocolate, feel free to mix and match. Bake at 225C at the top of the oven for 5 minutes or so.
Actually next time I might leave out of the chocolate all together and make them smaller.
And remember, tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.