I stopped off at the vets yesterday to pick up some tablets for my two mad dogs. While I was there, a woman rushed in with her cat who had been squashed by the garage door. The woman was very distressed. Her anguish was palpable and my heart just went out to her. I would be (and will be) devastated if something happened to my two monsters. Given dogs don’t live as long as us humans there is a pretty good chance I will outlive them and when they go it is going to be heart wrenching.
I came straight home from the vets and gave both my boys big hugs and treats. One of my favourite parts of the day is getting home and seeing their little faces at the window with tails wagging, so glad to see me. The unconditional love of pets is something special.
I also felt the need for a soothing cup of tea. Earl Grey is my go to cup of tea. The smell of the bergamot transports me to relaxing times with good friends. Do you have any smells that do that for you?
And of course what is a cup of tea without a few biscuits to munch. I have stopped keeping biscuits in the house and keep very few biscuit making ingredients like chocolate chips in the house so the temptation isn’t there. Plus chocolate chips rarely last long enough to actually make it in to cookies.
But I nearly always have the ingredients for scotch bread. Those lovely soothing buttery biscuits that I like with a hint of vanilla. There are loads of recipes out there on the net. I went with this one. I cut the recipe in half so that I didn’t have too many little temptations lingering around the house – even for the short time they would have lasted. You can make shortbread without the vanilla but I like that slight citrus hint offsetting the buttery richness. It is amazing how soothing baking is. Such a calming process as you focus on measuring and mixing, especially when combined with that cup of tea.
I followed the recipe pretty much as given and they turned out beautifully. Melt in your mouth kind of biscuits. The only change I made is that I made mine slightly thicker than the recipe and I just cut mine into fingers as I don’t own a cookie cutter.
I am not going to share the calories in these biscuits as they are the type of biscuit you should just enjoy every now and again without thinking what it is doing to your hips.
I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the vet could help the cat who was obviously very loved.