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Double chocolate & espresso cookies and a one-legged baker

Baking with just one leg to stand on is no easy feat (get it?!) It’s been one week since my foot fracture and I am going stir crazy with “resting” on the chaise longue and ordering take out.  So today I claimed my kitchen back and baked, standing on one leg while the other is propped up on a chair, secure in its cast.  It’s almost a shame that no one was here to witness my insanity.


ISO 200 | f4.0 | 0.3 sec | 50mm

The cookies, unfortunately, came out mediocre.  I’ve come to blame the US-to-metric conversion for all the unsuccessful US cookie recipes I’ve baked while in the UK. Has anyone else had this problem?  These are tried and true recipes I’ve made living in the States that have somehow turned average when I revisit it in my London kitchen.  The obvious solution is to turn to recipes with metric measurements but it almost seems unpatriotic, after all we Americans love our measuring cups.

This is all to say I have no recipe to share with you today, but I would never leave you hanging without a few photos.


ISO 200 | f3.5 | 1/5 sec | 85mm with close up lens attachment


ISO 200 | f4.0 | 1/6 sec | 50mm

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  • Those look absolutely incredible – love the bow!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you! I should give the cookies a little more credit, they tasted alright after all seeing as how they’re all gone.ReplyCancel

      • Cookies never taste truly bad 😀 They always disappear!

  • Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Beautifully presented Jo. What are the cookies resting on?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Jacqueline! I have the cookies on an old crusty baking tray, have been overusing the slate 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I sprained my foot last week, and now I am going to make your cookies. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Yikes! Hope you’re feeling better Cassandra. Cookies take a bit of the pain away 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    They do look delish & the pictures are just darling. I can only imagine what you did to the tootsie to cause such injury. Side note, I had a hard time cooking a turkey when I was in the UK. I couldn’t get the hang of the convection oven. Sigh.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Liz! Just imagine a busy Oxford Street full of people heading to lunch and me face down on the pavement… ouch. Also, impressed with the turkey attempt! I’m not as brave, will be heading back to Boston for the feast instead.ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    The bow was a nice touch! Especially when you bake these as a gift.ReplyCancel

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