Thursday, October 25, 2007

Linda's Cookies, and Love

I'm a big Beatles' fan. Actually, Hans and I met because of The Beatles and our wedding song was All You Need is Love. Aside from The Beatles though, I've always been a fan of Linda McCartney. She was so much more than 'the wife of', she was also a talented photographer and did a lot for animal rights- something very close to my heart. In January of 2000, Paul donated over $2,000,000, for cruelty- free breast cancer research. Linda was a great cook and her cookbooks include some of my favorite recipes, like these oatmeal cookies which I baked a few nights ago in her honor. They are easy to make, relatively healthy and truly delicious.

Linda McCartney's Oatmeal Cookies
*50g soft margarine
*125g light brown sugar
*1 egg
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*1/2 tsp rum extract (optional)
*50g flour
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp baking powder
*1 tsp cinnamon
*175g oatmeal
*125g raisins
*2 tbsp chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In a large bowl beat sugar and margarine until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla and beat again just enough to mix well. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to egg/sugar mixture and stir well. Add oatmeal and raisins and mix well. Arrange tablespoons of mixture , not too close together, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. You might have to use your (moistened) hands a bit. Bake at 180 for about 15-18 minutes. Let cool on rack for another five minutes.

PS: Check out this link to see what was played at our wedding. This was made by Hans. All You Need is Love