It's recently dawned upon me that, while dishwashing and strained wrists are inevitable in the case of excess, seemingly mundane kitchen activities are amongst the few little joys that remain possible. In place of my once-regular restaurant visits, a sense of newness is acquired from recipe experimentation; investment in an assortment of varying local roasters has taken over daily coffee runs and PATH explorations. Active time in the kitchen possesses the duality of providing adequate recovery time from screen exposure and production of sustenance.
1) The Browniest Cookie (Round 2)
Being notoriously known as an all-round cookie aficionado, I recall nodding in agreement to SK's woes of finding a specimen that could be "crowned with the honour of suggesting brownies", while remaining a cookie in the most traditional sense. I had first attempted to stuff the insides with cheese custard, and, while those were delicious, it hadn't been a pure execution of the browniest formula.
One could easily consume them at room temperature, though they fare even more delectable when microwaved for ten seconds and plunged into cold milk.
With a substantial portion of vine tomatoes on hand, I set out to incorporate the seasonal produce with the the remainder of our beef, incorporating some (frozen) root veggies along the way. Minimal chicken stock was used, for the vision was more a chunky sauce than soupy stew.