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Chickpea Salad

August 1, 2006

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  1. August 1, 2006 12:18 pm

    I bet it was hot, hot, hot baking those cookies – but they look totally worth it 🙂

  2. August 1, 2006 3:40 pm

    Beauregard is beautiful!

    Very nice to know that Rob’s settling in at his new job happily. YAY ROB!

    Oooh, gorgeous chickpea salad, Vegan Diva, thanks for the nice colours and textures you show. Bet it went over big.

    Does pastry flour “do” something to the batter/cookies? What does it change? I have never used it… thanks!

  3. August 1, 2006 4:44 pm

    Hi Kleo, Pastry flour makes more tender baked goods. It has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour. I pulled out my handy dandy King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion Cookbook for the scientific answer: “Cookies have a very high ratio of sugar and fat to flour, both of which tend to make cookies spread. In order to control spread, it’s important that the flour help carry the fat and sugar, and this is better accomplished by cake flour or pastry flour.” I don’t have much luck finding pastry flour at the grocery store so I order it from King Arthur Flour.

    Not only does it make a softer cookie, you can tell a difference when freezing the cookies. Cookies made with all purpose flour will nearly crack your tooth when semi-frozen, where as you can start eating these cookies before they are completely thawed. Um, not that I do that regularly LOL

    And thank you for your comment about Beauregard 😀 I also want to say thanks for all the lovely comments you make on my blog 😀

  4. August 1, 2006 9:13 pm

    Your grandmother looks amazing for her age! I would have put her at 75! Please, what are her secrets??

  5. August 2, 2006 12:31 am

    Thank you for your info on the pastry flour. I did not have a clue about it but will look for it in the future if i ever bake cookies! Thanks for taking the time to say something nice about me/my comments. That felt great! I enjoy your blog a great deal and i like how you share info and also show what you do in nice detail. I also appreciate your love of your fish.

    And y’know… i do love frozen stuff (especially cake w/frosting) but i love my teeth more :o) so i’ll wait till things thaw out a little before i start chowin’ down on any frozen cookies, even if they are made w/pastry flour. Hee hee.

  6. August 2, 2006 7:45 am

    Hi Melody, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think part of it is due to longevity in her genes. Her one sister passed away last year at age 91. Her other sister is now 85. My dad is in his 60’s and people never believe it. My grandma has looked pretty much the same my whole life and I’m almost 30.

    My grandma is always on the go. She doesn’t like to sit still. As for her diet, she eats copious amounts of cookies and sweets. And this is funny because it ties in with frozen cookies. My grandma freezes cookies all the time but when she wants a cookie, she never waits for them to thaw and tries to eat them frozen. She has broken her bridge so many times and required much dental work due to eating frozen cookies. My husband and I even jokingly bet on what type of cookie grandma broke her bridge on.

    She has a hearty appetite too and is willing to try new things. I’ve taken her to Thai restaurants, Middle Eastern restaurants, etc… and she loved them. She likes eggplant and really likes Baba Ganoush. On Thanksgiving, she gladly eats Tofurky and tells all her church friends that she ate tofu turkey! So her sense of adventure in food terms probably helps as well.

  7. August 3, 2006 11:20 pm

    chocolate and oatmeal is such a lovely combination!

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