I woke up this morning with a mouth ulcer and a sore neck. Why? Because I’m going to France tomorrow! And despite the super awesome exciting-ness of going on exchange (six months, can you believe it!), the lead-up to going away has been absolutely full of stress. Stressful, you might say.
So when I woke up this morning I decided that it was time to slow this steam train down and relax a little. How? With these two fancy recipes right here (cooking doesn’t have to be about effort you know).
Tasty Vanilla Ginger Biscuit (Dough)
These bake up to make nice short bikkies, but if you’re going to really go the whole hog and aim for ultimate relaxation, you need to wrap that puppy in some cling wrap, pop it in the fridge and snack throughout the day.
220g softened butter
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 to 1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cups self-raising flour
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
Beat in the egg, vanilla and ginger.
Mix the flour through.
If you really really want to bake them, ten minutes at 180oC will do the trick.
If you do the morally correct thing and keep it in the fridge, it might get a bit hard since the butter will solidify, but it’s still mighty tasty.
So what do you do at the end of the day, when you’ve had quite enough biscuit dough for one day, but still have a little bit of stress to burn? Why not have a
Delightful Herb Bath
Now I realise that this might not fall within the strictest definition of cooking, but if I can write a recipe for it, I’m gonna go ahead and say I’m allowed to write about it.
1-2 cups of your favourite herbs – a mix of lemon balm, lemon thyme and lemon verbena is very nice, or just lemon verbena on its own, or mint, or lavender, or chamomile. Pretty much if it smells nice as a herbal tea, then it works for a bath.
A small mesh or muslin bag – a chux and an elastic band also works just as well.
Put the herbs in the bag.
Put them in an empty bath.
Run the bath.
Get in the bath.
Now if you don’t have a bath, no need to feel excluded. If you put your herbs in a large bowl or mason jar with some very hot water and let it sit for ten or twenty minutes, and now you have a lovely hair rinse that’ll leave it lightly scented and soft and luxurious.
The trick with these recipes is to not spend too much effort on them. Just take your time and relax.