According to a newspaper article I read recently there are 4 stages of consumerism: 1) infancy – where all things bling are best – and brand labels are large 2) adolescence – less bling, focus more on products with a unique story – ( i had this bike custom-made for me because..) – products that tell people who you are and what you believe in – fitness and sustainable lifestyle in the case of the bike 3) adulthood – you already own everything and only want selected products, you focus on less is more 4) seniority: you focus on sharing an experience – nice dinner, cooking courses, going on hikes etc. I apparently am solidly in stage 4… and this past holiday season my sister and I spent a day in the kitchen making cookies and drinking tea. We hardly ever see each other and it was a great way to spend time together. Add to that that she lives in a lovely place with a view of a lake, and it was like being on holiday. We made mince pies ( bought the filling from Harrods last Xmas and made the dough according to the great british bake-off book – I will never eat a shop bought mince pie again). I especially love the small size, the crust to filling ratio is perfect.
We made Basler Brunsli using my grand-mother Alices recipe:
And I experimented with a cookie with orange rind, orange juice, almonds, cointreau etc. and icing it with icing sugar and prange juice, amazing.Poli’s orange cookies: