Monday, 1 February 2010

Thing 1 - Oatmeal biscuits (or cookies if you're American)

This is my old weighing scale. I've had it for about six years, and prior to that, when I lived in Ireland, I had a very similar but less pink one. It's always served me well. I dump a few ounces of flour and sugar and so on into the bowl, mix it up by hand or with the aid of an electronic implement, throw it in the oven and it turns into scones, biscuits, cakes, pastry or whatever.

Unfortunately, pounds and ounces have recently become extinct and all my newer cookery books give the measurements in metric only. My mind doesn't think in metric, and apparently my eyes don't see in metric either because the metric measurements on my old pink scale are impossible to see. I made some blueberry muffins yesterday from a Nigella cookbook and they turned out lovely but I ended up with terrible eyestrain from trying to see where 125g was on the dial.

There were two solutions to this problem - either I sat down with a calculator and a pencil and converted all the recipes back to imperial, or I bought a new scale with a big, easy to see display designed for the (nearly) blind. I went for option two. Here's my new scale which I bought yesterday.

Obviously I had to try it out, so I made some oatmeal biscuits tonight. Yum yum. They're from the Be-Ro cookbook, and if you'd like to try them (and I strongly recommend you do) the recipe is here.

So here's my first Thing for February. Oatmeal biscuits. And now I'm off to make a cuppa.


Sheila said...

Oh now you've made my mouth water! I will have to try this. Thank you for visiting and thank you for sharing this!

Meg said...
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Meg said...

I've been wanting to buy a scale lately... just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Too bad your pink on (which is adorable) was too hard to see... but that new one is very sleek. Enjoy less eye strain and more baking because of it.

Those cookies look fab!

Jean said...

I just had to tell you that my Be-Ro cookbook is my favourite for the cheese scones! I have been using it since around 1970 and would not be without it. In fact, when the original one was requested by my daughter and taken off to Oz I wrote to BeRo and they sent me a copy of the new one. Lovely Blog.

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