The last few weeks have been pretty wonderful.
I had a great birthday for the first time in a few years. I spent the day alone at our local cinema, Home. I love watching films by myself and Jake was busy at work, so it was the best way to spend my day. I watched two films back to back, Our Little Sister and The Brand New Testament. Both were fantastic films and I definitely recommend seeing them.
I’m rubbish at organising big celebrations for myself, so I booked an evening meal at Teatime Collective. You only need a minimum of 8 people, so it was a nice small gathering. We had a delicious three course meal that obviously I forgot to take photos of and then I received the best birthday cake I’ve ever had.
If you’re wondering what cake this is, it’s a Chocolate Oreo, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake. One layer of chocolate cake, a layer of salted caramel ice cream, followed by another layer of peanut butter ice cream, topped with cream, chocolate fudge frosting and oreos. It was incredible. Teatime did an amazing job and so did Jake (who forgot to even get me a cake the year before). I was so happy with it, it made me feel pretty darn special.
I got some lovely gifts including Snape’s Wand, The Gilmore Girls complete Boxset, homemade tiffin and a cool Seitan related tee! It was one hell of a day.
Some more good news, Aidah is doing really well. She’s been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism, so she’s now taking medication daily. We managed to get it in a paste form that is absorbed through her skin so that we don’t have to go through daily drama with pills. She’s already gaining weight and seems totally back to normal. This still doesn’t explain the seizure, so we’re keeping a close eye on her and I expect that it may happen again. Otherwise, she’s doing really well.
..and speaking of treatment. Look what I managed to get my hands on..
I am officially on Testosterone! Don’t worry, I didn’t rob a pharmacy. My amazing, supportive GP agreed to a bridging prescription while I wait for my first appointment at a GIC. I can’t believe this happened, I’m so happy that my transition is finally moving to where I want it to be! I might do a post about how I managed to get T before going to a GIC, but for now I’m just gonna be happy about it
To celebrate all of the good news, I decided to do a bit of baking. I had a sample of Quinoa Flour hanging around for work, so I thought I’d experiment with it a bit. And what better way to celebrate than with chocolate chip cookies?
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
- 1 cup of quinoa flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp no egg replacer mixed with 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Heat the oven to 180C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- If you want a really nutty flavour to your cookies, toast the flour in a pan over a low heat for 5 minutes or so. If not, skip this step.
- Beat together the sugar and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the egg replacer and the vanilla and beat for a few more minutes
- In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. When fully mixed add the chocolate chips.
- Divide the mixture into 12 small balls, lay on a baking sheet with enough space between each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Once baked, leave to cool for 5 minutes before moving the cookies from the baking sheet, they’re pretty delicate when they first leave the oven.
These came out really well, I don’t do gluten free bakes often so I was really surprised that I managed to just swap out wheat flour for quinoa and it worked. The flour gives these a really delicious nutty taste, you can definitely tell that there is quinoa in it, but I think this works really well with the sweetness of the cookie. If you’re less keen on the nutty flavour, don’t toast the flour and maybe have a go at mixing it with another flour.
I went for that heat treated coconut oil because I didn’t want a coconut flavour in the cookie, but if you like it, go for a raw coconut oil instead
These were super tasty…the only negative is that I’m going to have to take these to work and share them so I can get some feedback. Boo! I’ll definitely be making them again though.
So that’s it. Hurray for good news! I hope all of you are doing well.