Orange almonds white chocolate cookies and most amazing week-end

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You guys, I had the most amazing week-end! It was pretty busy, yet I feel so alive and ecstatic. And there must be something wrong with my brain chemistry, cause when I actually have a good amount of time, I procrastinate. While when I have plenty on my plate, that’s when I’m most productive. In addition, it was time to share the recipe for some amazing orange almonds white chocolate cookies.

Cooking interview?

So last week I actually applied for a position posted by Guga Food. Most of the time I just apply without hoping for a reply. BUT THEY ANSWERED BACK THAT THEY WERE INTERESTED. In other words, I just had my first culinary interview on Saturday. Are they called interviews in this industry ? I felt very anxious cause I had no idea how this type of things work. Especially since I don’t have a great deal of experience in the field. Hence the only things I could say is that I’m very eager to work and learn, that I’m responsible and hard working. It seems it was enough to favor me with a trial day at one of their locations, the next day.

So I spent my Sunday chopping vegetables, washing dishes and preparing healthy sandwiches. Don’t imagine that it was ultimate cooking skills. But I did feel like all the hours spent in my kitchen have helped. I didn’t looked like I grabbed a knife for the first time. I didn’t need to ask why water needs to be warm when adding over flour. And I diced the shit out of those onions.

And practicing Polish, which was pretty awesome! I was terrified in the first 10 minutes cause I normally don’t find myself among people who don’t speak English. But I think it went fine. The people were friendly and considerate. I do hope I was more useful than bothersome. In the event that I was like the 5th wheel, at least I made their day more interesting and provided them with a dinner topic. Cause I’m exotic like that!

At the moment, I don’t know if anything will come out of it. Nevertheless, it was an awesome experience and it helped me come a bit more out of my sexy shell.

Hello sexy! 

After I went to the “interview” ( I only know corporate slang) I went with my significant “otter” for some small shopping. And on the way, we stopped at this amazing Georgian bakery. They finally had chaczapuri, a pita bread stuffed with the most delicious salty white cheese. They make the bread on the spot, in a special Georgian oven. Bread just sticks to the walls of the oven during baking. The cheese is also made by them, but in small amounts. Hence the difficulty in getting your hands on some chaczapuri. If you find yourself in Gdańsk, visit them. Even if it’s just for the simple bread. If you ever pass a Georgian bakery, BUY THE CHACZAPURI. You will thank me later.

The Georgian bread was a small unplanned snack. We already made plans to meet our friends for hummus. Gdańsk has one of the best places that serves hummus. With avocado, mushrooms, harissa, tomatoes, olives, beets, eggplant, you name it. It’s creamy and garlicky and totally delicious. It’s one my favorite eateries and I rave about it at every chance I get. Almost forgot…this is the place, HummusLand …what an appropriate name!

Eventually it was time to go back cause I had an order for a cake. Uhuu! Another person entrusting me to make them a birthday cake. But I’ll give more details about the cake in another post, perhaps with the recipe. All I’m gonna say is that it was delicious and it came out so pretty.

Tricity News Collaboration 

And while I was baking the second cake layer, I prepared my first article draft for Tricity News. The website is dedicated to all foreigners living or interested in getting information and news from Tricity, the conglomerate of the cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. I will be providing articles on eating habits, best places to eat, where to shop and perhaps restaurant reviews. I look froward to see how it will develop. And I must say that I admire the amount of the work and thought that Jakub, the mastermind behind it, has put into it. So stay tuned for my future articles or just follow Tricity News if you’re from the area.

Orange Almonds White Chocolate Cookies 

And of course I will not end my post without a recipe for you….so here there are, orange almonds white chocolate cookies. NOMNOMNOM!!! These are some amazing cookies and so easy to put together. If you want less of a fuss or don’t feel confident enough, you can skip the melted white chocolate. They will still taste amazing. And the chopped almonds are so delicious. OMG, so crunchy!

Ingredients

2 cups (260 grams ) all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
170 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature (don’t use hard cold butter)
2/3 cup (140 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
zest from 1 medium orange
2 tbsp (30 ml) orange juice (half of orange)
1 cup (100 grams) almonds, roughly chopped
100 grams white chocolate, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk the sifted flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  2. Whisk the butter until fluffy for around 1 minute, then add the sugar and continue to whisk, at high speed, for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. The softer the butter the easier the sugar will mix and the tastier the cookies
  3. Add the egg, zest and orange juice and mix until the egg is incorporated. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the flour and mix at high speed, until all the flour is incorporated. The batter will be soft and very sticky.
  4. Add the chopped almonds and mix with a spatula, until fairly equally distributed. Save a bit of the zest and a few almonds to top the cookies with
  5. Place a plastic wrapper on the kitchen surface. Spoon the batter on the wrapper. Dust your hands with flour and shape the batter in a log, as best as you can. Try to gently lift it and roll it and shape it from all sides. Wrap the cookie log and gently place it in the freezer. Freeze it for about 1 hour or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  6. Pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius
  7. After freezing, it will be hard enough to slice it. Cut thick slices, about 2 cm thick. They will spread during baking so they won’t stay so thick.
  8. Place the cookie slices on a baking pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden. They will spread, so if you don’t want them touching and want a more round shape, then bake them in 2 batches. Refrigerate the rest while baking the first batch.
  9. Once done, let the cool down. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler (bain-marie). Fill a pot with water half way. Cover with a glass (or metal) bowl and put the white chocolate in. When the water will start to boil, the chocolate will start to melt from the hot steam. The bowl shouldn’t touch the water.  Stir once or twice. Once completely melted, pour it in a small cup. Dip each cookie in the white chocolate and place them on baking paper
  10. Top with chopped almonds and orange zest. Freeze for 10 minutes so the chocolate can set.
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