Dec 15, 2016

SERIOUSLY?

Just when I thought it was starting to turn around here at Chez Spinster...
Yup.

You guessed it.

The damn Greek cookies.

This year, though, I decided to try something new...incinerate them.  

These are koulrakia...Greek twist cookies that are usually made at Easter.  But, for reasons completely unknown to me, I associate them with Christmas and my mom sitting by the tree in her robe and slippers, with a cup of coffee and a couple of these damn cookies.

I have been making these damn cookies for about 39 years, and for 39 years I swear I will never do it again, but instead, I'll order a case of the damn Stella Doro breakfast treats (a very close imitation of these) and be done with it.

But every year, I end up in the egg aisle muttering "Screw it" as I gather the seven dozen eggs and nine pounds of butter and twelve-teen boxes of Swan's Down cake flour.  And then I forget the orange juice and get home and realize that I'm out of baking powder and I drink a glass of something strong and go back to the damn grocery store to get the rest of the stuff for the damn Greek cookies.

This year, though, I made it all the way to the clean up stage...thinking that I had finally, after 39 freakin years, mastered the making of the damn Greek cookies, and I bloody well burned the lot of them.

Nuts and fiddlesticks and every other word I can think of without jeopardizing a visit from You Know Who this year.

I'm off to have a nice long soak in the tub followed by a quiet evening of Netflix, and then I'll get up and try it again tomorrow.  

If I'm not back in a couple of days with pictures of perfectly twisted cookies, you will probably be able to me face down in a pile of egg yolks and flour somewhere.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.



24 comments:

  1. Oh nooooo, burnt cookies, I have burnt pies and that made me mad.
    I hope you are doing well.

    Catherine

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  2. Roflolpmp oh my, I've burnt the dang stove top circle things that cover the burners so many times my X forbade anyone give them to me. My youngest son gave me a set of 4 a few yrs ago & I still had 3 until HE burned one the other night.After laughing so much I did pp & airing out the house, the smell & smoke were lethal.when I bake I make sure to set the timer on my phone as I'm an accomplished burner of biscuits too lol.-Blessings Baa

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  3. Just a suggestion... I now take a camera picture of the recipe with me to the grocery store if I am ever doing anything new. I say try it again! Good Luck!
    Ruth in Oxnard

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  4. I meant a picture on my phone!
    Ruth

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  5. Good luck on the next batch! I liked the story about your mother and the cookies. I guess that's why we try to keep with the baking traditions no matter how frustrating and time-consuming they may be - the happy memories we associate with a little bite of sugar and flour. (I really shouldn't comment when I'm feeling sentimental). I do hope each day is a little easier and calmer for you.

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  6. As a cousin of mine once said: Some days you get the bear and-----some days the bear gets you. I'll bet that the next batch will turn out perfectly. A agree with the Nancy who posted above; I am another Nancy and I frequently feel sentimental!

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  7. As a cousin of mine once said: Some days you get the bear and-----some days the bear gets you. I'll bet that the next batch will turn out perfectly. A agree with the Nancy who posted above; I am another Nancy and I frequently feel sentimental!

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  8. Here's a plan - find yourself a nice old Greek lady who cooks - and buy a batch of those cookies. But being a stubborn soul, I would probably just get in the kitchen and make another batch.
    I love your Christmas decorations in the previous posts.

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  9. Maybe you can set them out for the birds...

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  10. A good tip is to NOT open the oven door while baking. That makes the oven heat up more. Good luck with the next batch!

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  11. I remember when you made the cookies last year and I remember how pretty the pictures were. I hunted for a recipe and was determined to make some myself. Time for me to give it a try. Good luck with your next batch!

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  12. I've been baking cookies for 65 years and every darn time I burn the first batch. I set timers all over the house but still burn the first batch. I now only put a half batch in the over for the first "burn" and save the rest for when I'm not burning them. Don't give up.

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  13. The knack of being successful at one's mother's cooking traditions is one I can relate to. Our tradition for 100 years is a family recipe of "Christmas Krullers." Very difficult, but after years of cooking them with my mother, and the good fortune of tutorial sessions with her, I think I may have them mastered.

    I thought of you today when I was at Barnes and Noble and saw a cookbook called Eat Like a Gilmore. It had recipes from the show. I wanted to buy it for you. I've not watched the show, but my daughter loves it. It's on my binge-watch bucket list.

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  14. Good luck with your baking adventure today.
    I hope the cookies turn out good.
    Marilyn

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  15. I have never been able to bake cookies, cakes and pies, but not cookies.

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  16. Oh Coni, I am so sorry about your cookies. I wish you luck for today's batch. You can do it.

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  17. Ok I think most of us have burnt something at one time or another. Me I have burnt water! Yes I burnt the pan dry and ruined it. Keep the faith and try it again.

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  18. I am sure the next batch will be wonderful :)

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  19. What's that they say . . . It's the 'journey' not the 'destination' that matters. Yeah, I know ~ SCREW THAT! You want the dang cookies! Good luck with the next batch.

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  20. Oh no! Cookies can be tricky. They can burn so quickly.

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  21. Hi Coni
    Commiserations I just burnt a triple batch of shortbread....amazing what can bring on tears...hubby told me to go and buy a tin of the stuff, but that will feel like failure

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