SUGAR COOKIES

Sugar cookies are one of the easiest things to make and are great to have on hand in your cookie jar if you have impromptu guests over.  They are delicious plain and in my opinion the only way to eat a sugar cookie is to dunk it into a huge mug of builders tea.  These cookies melt in your mouth in the most amazing way and its VERY hard to stop at just one cookie, I'm talking from experience!  I got so excited at the thought of making these that I forgot to take pictures of the first few stages (oops, soz) but it's only the boring mixing that you're missing and I'm sure you can use your imagination to conjure up images of me combining butter and sugar better than Martha Stewart herself!

Recipe:
3 cups flour

  1 tsp baking powder
  1 cup unsalted butter
  1 cup sugar
  1 large egg
  1 tsp vanilla extract

 In a separate bowl whisk together flour and baking powder.
Beat together butter and sugar. Once mixed well, add in egg. Mix again, then add in vanilla. 
Slowly add in flour mixture about a cup at a time. Mix until dough forms and begins to clump
together.
Gather up dough and knead it with hands until it's smooth. Roll it into a ball, wrap with cling film
and place in fridge to chill between 20-40 minutes. You want it to be firm but not hard.
Bake at 350, time will depend on cookies size and thickness. Normally between 7-11 minutes.










THE RIDING HOUSE CAFE

Monthly Sunday brunch with the girls was fast approaching and as we no longer all live within 5 minutes of each other (school friends which meant we all used to live a stones throw away) it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a location which caters to each of us.  We decided on The Riding House Cafe in the West End.  A modern all-day brasserie (they call themselves) serving meals from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.  A few of my friends don't like early starts (Emma, I'm calling you out on this one) but luckily for us brunch is served until 4pm on a Sunday.  We met, we chatted... a lot, we ate and drank and had a lovely afternoon.  The waiters are smart and polite and the decor is a version of posh shabby chic which makes an upmarket establishment feel surprisingly cosy.  Having heard mixed reviews of The Riding House Cafe I had cause for reservation, however I left there with an (overly) full belly and a smile on my face which are both good things in my books!


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