November 4, 2008

Meeting Two Friends & White Chocolate Chip And Pistachio Cookies

The past two weeks have been interesting in more ways than one. Akshaya gets a three week vacation from school for Diwali, so she and I (my husband couldn’t take time off from work, unfortunately) decided to put some part of it to good use by taking a short trip to Chennai (formerly Madras) with an overnight stop over at Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) on our way back. We haven't been able to figure out why politicians have a thing for changing names of places in India, every now and then, but that’s another story.

We spent time at Madras attending to some matters, visiting family and doing a bit of shopping. Akshaya was a bit disappointed with being unable to shop as she wanted, but the rains in Madras put a spoke in her plans. A small amount of rain (by our standards as we’re normally used to 3 to 4 months of heavy monsoons) and Madras roads get flooded!

One of the high points of this trip was meeting up with Rachel of Tangerine’s Kitchen and Sra of When My Soup Came Alive. I got to know both of them some time back through our blogs and it’s been very nice talking to them both.
A lot of fine-tuning of our schedules finally ended in our meeting in the middle of my shopping! Rachel brought her little daughter (who has the sweetest smile) along. We couldn’t spend too much time as she had guests at home.
Sra treated us (my niece, daughter and me) to a Mexican lunch at the mall and we spent the time talking about many things, including all things food and blogging (naturally). It was nice to finally be able to put a face (ok, two faces) to friends I’d made but never seen.
Both Rachel and Sra gifted us some “Chocolate”. Sra, I shall definitely move from visually treating myself to doing something about this. And Rachel, I know that was meant for Akshaya but I couldn’t resist the temptation.

Once at Bangalore, Akshaya came down with viral fever which I promptly caught on returning to Goa. It’s been a week of fever and misery but we’re over the worst of it. A bit tired after the slightest exertion, but getting better everyday.

I’ll leave you with these cookies I made before our trip. I remembered the lovely green of the pistachios in the Biscotti that Rachel and I made (you can see them on the right side column of my blog) so I thought I’d make cookies with them. And I had some white chocolate chips on hand which I added to the cookie dough.

White chocolate and pistachios definitely pair well. I used the Eggless Cornflakes Cookies recipe, left out the cornflakes but added the nuts and chips.
These cookies are good, with a chewy texture and a bit of crunch.


¾ cup salted butter, softened

1 ½ cup sugar

2 cup all purpose flour

1½ tsp baking powder

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup white chocolate chips

½ cup chopped pistachios


Cream the sugar and butter together. I usually leave the sugar still granular as I like the texture this gives my cookies.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon till well incorporated. Pinch off small bits of the dough, roll into rounds and flatten slightly.
Place on a greased cookie sheet, leaving enough space in between as these cookies spread as they bake. I could make 7 cookies on each of my 9” round cookie trays.

Bake them at 180C for about 20 minutes till they turn light brown. Leave them on the tray for about2 to 3 minutes before removing and cooling on racks. The cookies are very soft when they come out of the oven and will break if removed immediately. They harden on cooling.
Enjoy. This recipe makes 25 to 30 cookies depending on how big you make them.

Its been raining awards again. I think it’s a nice way for my blog to celebrate being a year old.

I would also like to thank Yasmeen of Health Nut and Divya of Divyazeasyrecipes for both giving me a Chocoholic Award. I have to say this one certainly describes me.

Priya of Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes has also passed on Hard Working Food Blogger Award to me. I appreciate this and I have to say food is enjoyable hard work.

Padmajha (PJ) of Seduce Your Taste Buds has also passed on a Butterfly Award for the coolest blog. Thank you.


Happy cook said...

Well it is always nice to meet up foddie bloggers. Good to hear that you had a nice time with rachel and Sra.
Cookies look yumm.

Divya Vikram said...

Nice to hear about your foodie meet! The cookies look nutty and crunchy!

Cham said...

That is cool to meet foodie blogger. The cookies looks very inviting!

Yasmeen said...

I too wish to meet some of my blogger friends ,at least those who stay near by:). What a coincidence,I just baked some pistachio cookies this morning,yours with white chocolate gotta be scrumptious.

Pearlsofeast said...

Awesome and coincidently I was also planning to make a cookie with these combination.Ur version is more enticing and I would like to try out with out eggs.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely to hear about your meeting with two bloggers.Nice cookies too-Love the combination.

karuna said...

wowo, tht must have been fun meeting up with fellow bloggers, tht is really nice.
the cookies look good.

Passionate About Baking said...

These look yum Aparna...I love a good cookie & with pistachios, this is pure nirvana. Am glad you met 2 lovely people in Chennai (I still call it Madras). Happy first blogiversary to your beautiful blog...And the cool, hard-working chocoholic blogger is well-reflected in your post! GOOD FOR YOU!!

Nags said...

friends and cookies, a combo that can be beat probably only by movie and popcorn :)

Rachel said...

All I can i do now reading your post is smile....great to have met you and A..hope A is better now and yeah you being a chocoholic..I am not surprised about the temptation bit...

The cookies on the other hand look scrumptious.....

Bharti said...

How fun to meet up with blogging friends. Hope Akshaya is better by now. Pistacho cookies sound delish!

Srivalli said... came all the way here and didn't meet me...bhoooo...kidding...great to know you met Sra and Rachel..yes I love lil L's sweetest smile!...cookies look very pretty..and hope A is much better now!

Vij said...

Hope u had gr8 meeting them! the cookies looks perfect n crisp! well done ;-) (smiles)

Priya said...

Cookies looks cute n delicious..can guess u would have passed a memorable day with blogger friends...

Soma said...

That must have been really great to meet someone whom u only know over the food blogging world!! I can imagine..

Cookies look lovely, may be I should try the eggless version. it always scares me. I am not too good at baking:-(

Mandira said...

the cookies look great! Foodies meet, that sounds like fun.

PG said...

after reading the recipe I can only drool over these! yummy! Hope you get well soon! Eat fruits! and.... Now, who am I telling! :)

Rosie said...

How lovely to meet up with other foodies and bloggers :)

Those cookies look wonderful!

Rosie x

sra said...

Hi, just got back from my trip last nite and the Internet wouldn't work! Can you imagine how devastating that is? :-D

We, well, I, finished the cookies just before I left - I really took my time savouring them!

Hope you're back in top form now!

Aparna said...

Very, very true.
Nothing quite like meeting fellow foodies and bloggers. Its an experience quite unlike another.

Raaga said...

lovely cookies... and good you met fellow bloggers... I am gladder that you are feeling better now :-)

Missed meeting Sra when she came to Delhi... next time.

Raaga... signed in with the other account... so bear with me pls :-)

Maya said...

Great post and nice that you met up with fellow food bloggers. Comgratulations to you on completing a year and wishing you many more ahead Aparna..

Aparna said...

Thanks Raag and Maya.
No problems , Raaga.

Uj said...

Mad these just now.. came out yummy..Left out the pista as I did not have any/. BTW the batter was dough was too dry so added a little bit of milk. This is the first time I am making ti so was wondering if it is fine!