It’s the middle of my first semester of my last year of university. That means 1 thing, essay time!
I’m lucky enough to have 3 essays in next week. That’s right, 3 essays due in during the same week.
I guess that’s 4th year for you.
My degree is a BSc in psychology, and one of the essays i’m writing is on attitudes towards healthy eating.
The irony is almost too much to bare.
Why is it ironic?
Because I get through essay writing with snacks. Lots of unhealthy snacks.
So I’m writing this essay on how people develop attitudes towards healthy eating and i’m cramming my mouth full of the most unhealthy things on earth. I guess my attitude is firmly against healthy eating at the moment.
I want srisps, chocolate, haribo and lots and lots of coffee!
I think I’ve accepted that when I’m writing essays I snack. It’s just going to happen. An apple is not going to make me feel better about the fact I’m pulling 12 hour stints in the characterless, eerily quiet library.
However I think I can improve my snacking habits.
If I make the unhealthy snacks that i’m cramming into my face, i’m being healthier right? No artificial colours, flavouring or hydrogenated fats. That’s totally healthy. Honest! It also gives me a break from being hunched over my laptop doing something I love; baking.
These cookies get extra points for having fruit in, two types of fruit in fact. They turned out crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle, just like a good cookie should be.
They also remind me of Christmas.
They remind me I won’t be doing essays forever.
Over Christmas, I’ll be revising for exams!
Hmm. Anybody else out there stuck in a horrible spiral of school work?
How am I tackling my coffee habit? There is no way I am changing to decaf!
Well that’s easy. I’m British! I’m drinking my weight in tea!
And my oh my, there are some wonderful tea’s out there at the moment. The tea world has exploded and i’m excited!
So if anyone else is stuck in a horrible spiral of work, or is generally pretty stressed out, make yourself some cookies, drink some tea.
I’ve compiled a list of my favourite teas for you. They’d make great gifts for Christmas, but you could totally get some for yourself. You deserve it.
For my British Readers:
For my American Readers:
- Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea
- Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea
- Gingerbread Spice Herbal Tea
- Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life Tea
- Mayan Cocoa Spice Tea
For my Canadian Readers:
What are you doing to me America? Cookie tea!? Yummm.
Oh well I’ll just stick to these.
- 250g butter, softened
- 150g caster sugar
- 100g brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1tsp grated orange zest
- 1tbsp orange juice
- 320g flour
- 1/2tsp baking soda
- 75g dried cranberries
- 100g white chocolate chips
- Pre heat the oven to 180C.
- Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Mix in egg, orange zest and orange juice.
- Sieve in the flour and the baking soda and mix until combined.
- Gently stir in the chocolate and cranberries.
- Drop gold ball sized balls onto the lined baking tray and flatten slightly.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until beginning to brown on the edges.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack.