Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Special Thank You to Royal Berkshire Hospital

So I going to break my own new rule, I know this month is all about 30inute meals but I am not going to be sharing one today and I hope you don’t mind but this whole post is going to be unusual and special for me. You might have noticed there was no blog posting last week. You see I was a little too busy having a baby!!!! It was a crazy week, physically and mentally. And like many things in life it didn’t go the way I planned it. But the care I received at my unplanned hospital birth was so amazing that I hope you don’t mind but I would like to dedicate this post to thanking them.

First to my first midwife Suzanne I can’t thank you enough for being the rock and support I needed. You listened to me so that I felt heard something that I needed. You were the voice of reason when I needed to be reasoned with and you were also there to help calm me when I got too stressed. Thank you for being in my corner and helping argue my case in bringing me back to the midwife led unit. You and Laura helped us create the kind of environment that we were wanting to create at home, to be honest in the beginning it did feel more like we were on a date night then at a hospital having a baby. The aromatherapy, the relaxing environment and peace and quiet that Chris and I were able to have was so soothing and I believe it is the only reason I went into active labour on my own.
My second midwife, Laura, I hope you realize how amazing you are. You were calm and encouraging especially when you noticed things weren’t right. I was scared and I can imagine you were a bit scared too but you didn’t let that show and that helped me stay as calm as I could in the situation.

Now it gets complicated in the thanks because of the amount of people there are to thank and so I am sorry I am not able to personally name you all. To the midwives and nurses downstairs in the delivery suite the calm you all displayed in what felt like an impossible birth situation was incredible. I am aware that probably few if not no one in the room had ever witnessed a breech delivery like that, let alone assisted but handled the situation with such calm and professionalism. You helped me achieve what I won’t lie, felt like was impossible, push her out.

To the staff in Buscot Baby Care Unit, the hardest moment for me was when she was born and I couldn’t hear her cry, you rushed her to the side to work on her and I felt like time has stopped. You worked so quickly on her and as you said at times she recovered quicker then you could finish what you were doing. But you made sure she was okay after such a traumatic birth. And while no parent ever wants their baby whisked away from them I am at least grateful she was whisked away to your care. Thank you for always being happy to have me sit by her side during the night and taking her out of the incubator so I could feed her. You helped make a horrible situation a little bit easier for this scared mummy.

To the staff in Marsh ward, spending the first 5 days of my daughter’s life in a hospital was so hard and I got stir crazy and frustrated at times but the care we received was so wonderful. Everyone, from the midwives and care assistants to the sweet ladies who brought me cups of tea throughout the day. You helped make this patient feel like a person, not a patient. I have stayed at hospitals in the US many times in the past and trust me there is a big difference. You all touched our lives and helped us get home as quickly possible and I want you all to know how positive of an impact you made on our lives that crazy week in October when a little baby’s head turned out to be a bottom and all of our lives turned upside down. Thank you all.

As a thank you I am sharing these amazing Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. And yes before you ask I am delivering these beauties to the staff so they can enjoy them too.


Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

227g (1 c.) butter
150g (3/4 c.) granulated sugar
150g (3/4 c.) packed soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
312g (2 1/2 c) plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
60g (1/2 c.) cocoa powder
170g (6 oz.) Milk Chocolate chunks *could use chips
170g (6 oz) White Chocolate chunks

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Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

I had such a fantastic birthday weekend. I feel so overwhelmed by the love I have felt from my friends and family. So publicly I want to say thank you to the best friends and family I could ask for. One of my favourite gifts I received this year was a doughnut baking tray. This is one of those things that I have wanted for a long time but it was just one of those items I wouldn’t buy for myself. I was so excited that I have already given my first baked doughnut attempt this weekend and the family have already started putting in their requests for different varieties for me to make. If you have never had a baked doughnut before it is different from fried doughnuts but in my opinion it is better. There is something so delicate and light and full of flavour with baked doughnuts that I don’t get from fried doughnuts. The only downside to that is where I could only eat one, maybe two of regular fried doughnuts I could probably have finished off the entire batch of these on my own.

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

120mL (1/2 c.) double cream
50g (1/4 c.) granulated sugar
73g (1/3 c.) packed dark brown sugar
60mL (1/4 c.) vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g (1 c.) flour
(1/4 c.) dark cocoa powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
220g (2 c.) icing sugar
2 Tbsp greek yoghurt
Sprinkles, if desired
recipe adapted from Sugar Crafter

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Mousseline Au Chocolat #CookforJulia #SundaySupper

Today at #SundaySupper we are joining in on the #CookforJulia celebrations being hosted by PBS Food to celebrate Julia’s 100th birthday. It is such an honour to celebrate someone whom I share a vision with. Julie Child believes, like I do, that anyone can learn to cook. So even though I knew I was going to be away in Turkey during the event I wanted to participate in. And in honour of Julia and I’s vision, that everyone can learn to cook, I challenged myself to make something that I have always been afraid of trying, chocolate mousse. There is something about mousse that seemed foreboding, so much so that I just didn’t want to mess with it. It didn’t help that for most of my life I didn’t even like chocolate so I wasn’t even tempted by it. But this time it felt up to the challenge. I won’t lie the result wasn’t perfect, the consistency of my mousse was a lot firmer then think it should have been, but the taste was rich and delightful. Be aware that this uses raw eggs so try and use as fresh of eggs as you can get. I am fortunate in that I have fresh eggs from my mother-in-laws hens.

Mousseline Au Chocolat

4 egg yolks
170g (3/4 c.) instant sugar (very finely granulated)
59mL (1/4 c.) orange liqueur
170g (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate
4 Tbsp strong coffee
170g (6 oz) softened unsalted butter
4 egg whites
pinch salt
1 Tbsp sugar
finely diced, glazed orange peel (optional)

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