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Reflections and Orange Almond Cookies


May is in the last of the 20s and somehow this month has been extremely long.

Moving to a new country can be incredibly lonely and tiring.

Arriving into warm and sunny London quickly became freezing, rainy and rather lonely London.

Signing up with recruitment agencies and spending hours looking at the view outside the window while applying for jobs was how I spent many of my May hours.

The company I kept was the movies playing on repeat on my computer screen behind the applications I was preparing.

I know I’m literally playing the world’s smallest violin for myself, but loneliness seeps into your mood and being. I’m not a lonely person by nature, yet by routine I’m not usually alone. Or it’s something I’ve chosen between work and meeting up with friends and than family.

On the sunny long weekend that just took place here, I chose to stay indoors knowing that a walk through the park would remind me I wasn’t wandering with friends or really anyone that knows me well.

Yet, almost every day has involved conversations with my best friend via Facebook. Her phone usage has gone down 400% since I’ve left and that number felt staggering for how much I felt we haven’t talked in the last 2 months, how far I feel from her.

This will pass, life has a way of passing like seasons. Every new ‘season’ in a new situation, job, relationship, country should be taken as new, expectations should by rule not even exist so disappointment cannot take it’s place.

That is a lesson I should re-learn while snacking on these rather healthy cookies.

Fluffy on the inside and a little crusty on the outside, these are a nice change from chocolate combinations.

Orange Almond Cookies
Makes 12

100g butter, softened
1/2 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 tablespoon orange rind, finely chopped
2 eggs
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup almond flour
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F. Greaseproof a baking tray and set aside.

Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat on medium until well combined and light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Add in the orange rind and beat until combined. Add in on egg and beat for a further minute until well combined and fluffy, repeating with the remaining egg.

Add in the roughly chopped almonds and stir through. Sift in the flours and baking powder and fold into the mixture until well combined.

Take a tablespoon amount and roll into balls the size of the palm of your hand, then flatten and place on the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the base of cookies begin to look golden.

Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.


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