I love to entertain. It gives me such joy to have people around – to hear the sound of laughter in the house. To be able to serve my guests the things I prepare. I remember during my time in Yemen, I absolutely did not know how to make desserts. They were my weak point. I preferred to make savoury dishes, but sweets, cakes and desserts were really not my thing. Gradually I started with easy things – simple cakes and cookies and began to get the hang of the ingredients – the tastes – the cooking temperatures – the way the dough rises – the perfect colour of the cakes. It was all about practice. I am far from perfect in desserts, but try to improvise.
The recipe below is for the famous chocolate chip cookies almost everyone likes. I like to add a touch of nutmeg to mine to give it that distinct flavour. I would like to someday experiment with white chocolate perhaps or maybe even a mixture of the two.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 dozen
170 grams flour
¼ teaspoon salt
85 grams butter
85 grams granulated sugar
85 grams brown sugar
1 Nutmeg, grated
- Sift flour and salt.
- Cream fat and sugar and then beat in the egg and a few drops of vanilla essence.
- Add dry ingredients and then stir well.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Put in teaspoonfuls on to a greased baking tin and bake at 180 degrees C for about 10 minutes.