London you were amazing, Team GB you were completely awesome.
I’m all Olympiced out. What an amazing couple of weeks, and today it somehow seems wrong to not be watching another sport on the television.
I have well and truly become an armchair expert in loads of different sports, and have gone through a wealth of emotions whilst watching the games. I’ve been moved to tears watching horses dance to music, have sat on the edge of my seat watching the rowing and cycling, have almost been too scared to watch Peter Wilson shoot his last 2 shots in the Men’s Double Trap, have screamed at Mo Farah to get a wriggle on and turned into a scary lout shouting ‘Just ‘it ‘im son’, watching the boxing. There were low times, but thankfully there were some amazing high points. I honestly can’t pinpoint one highlight as ‘THE’ moment, because from the Opening Ceremony to the Closing Fireworks, there were just too many.
I have lived in London for over 20 years and love this city, and this year I’m even more proud than ever to call it home.
I now feel bereft that its all over and we’re back to watching The One Show and Eastenders on BBC1 again. It feels like when Chrtistmas TV is over and you have to go back to work.
We have tickets for the Paralympics and will be going to the stadium to see the athletics…..bring it on! Can’t wait!!!!!
This is my cookie homage to Our Greatest Team, and the amazing London 2012.
Red Velvet Cookies
100gms Light Brown Sugar
75gms Dark Brown Sugar
150gms Plain Flour
1tspn Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tspn Salt
20ml Red Food Colouring
100gms White Chocolate Chips
Cream the butter and sugar together.
Add the egg and red colouring and beat together.
Sieve the flour, cocoa, Bicarbonate of Soda and salt and add to the mixture. Mix to a thick dough.
Lastly mix through the white chocolate chips.
You now have 2 choices – put the dough in the fridge to chill for an hour, and then form into balls about the size of a golf ball ready for the oven. However, because you’ve chilled the dough it will be hard. Alternatively, why not form the dough into balls BEFORE you chill it? So much easier!!
Whilst the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 140c (120c Fan) or Gas Mark 2. Prepare 2 or 3 baking sheets by covering in baking parchment.
Lay out the dough balls onto the baking sheets, remembering to leave a good distance between them as the cookies will spread.
Bake for 20 – 25 mins, depending on how chewy or crunchy you like your cookies.
When baked remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely.
To get in the olympic spirit I decorated mine with piped Royal Icing, mixed up from shop bought Royal Icing Sugar.