Friday, September 7, 2007
Do you make ‘to do’ lists? I do - sometimes several in one day. But don’t think I’m organised, because that is far from the truth. I’m a mad listmaker, from things to do today to things to do before I die, somehow a list makes everything seem more achievable.
The truth is, a lot of the time, I write things down because otherwise they will be forgotten. How else am I going to remember the name of every restaurant I want to visit in Paris or New York, every book I am interested in reading, or every recipe I want to try? It is also a way to set goals and measure their progress, break things down into chewable chunks. It’s a great rush of accomplishment when things are crossed off.
Late last year I started list of things to do in 2007, to give me some focus because I don’t do resolutions. The goals I set were many and varied, but there were quite a few culinary resolutions. One of the first things I got stuck into when the year began was goal #80, to try ten different types of tea. This has been one of my favourite things this year; discovering that chai is warming and comforting, lemon tea is soothing during the autumn/winter flu season, and green tea is refreshing and delicious.
I fell in love when I saw Keiko’s and Fanny’s posts about these gorgeous green tea cookies. Thanks Fanny for pointing the way to the recipe at Lovescool. I could finally make these lovely shortbread cookies at home. Although finding matcha tea in Sydney was a bit of a challenge!
These cookies are a wonderful shade of green, like spring. They seemed quite appropriate this morning as I looked out the window and saw raindrops on green leaves. The tea flavour is subtle but gives the cookies a fresh, happy taste. No wonder Amai won the Best Bakery Recipe! I won’t publish the recipe here, but point the way over to Kelli’s post at Lovescool. This is a really great blog, and I wish Kelli all the best with Amai.