”What do you want to be when you grow up?”…ask that question to a child, and probably he or she would pick not one but many professions that they would like to be in.
Well, last Friday, Rengoni, Agastya and all the other children in their school were asked to dress up as whatever they wanted to be when they grew up, to raise money for a charitable event. Now, the problem in the professions that they wanted to be in, was, that, people usually wear sensible and normal clothes…which made Rengoni rethink for a while about her future…for if she kept to her current choice, no way would she be able to wear her glitzy dresses… but she did came to her senses in the end and settled for the reasonable option But then , children will be children, and it was really heartwarming to see one of the kids dressed up as a pirate, and another as a princess, at which Rengoni cast an all knowing exasperated look at me, accompanied with that typical shrug of her shoulders, and throwing her hands up in the air (now, where and when did she acquire all those mannerisms?) and her eyes seemed to say “they are not really supposed to be those, are they?”… well, but those were younger kids…the ones for whom it was just a day to dress up in…the future held little significance for them.
Looking at those children, all running up eagerly to their teachers and friends and friend’s mums and dads, happily telling them what they wanted to be, made me wonder at this blissful period in their lives…looking forward to the future with rosy eyes of expectation…whether they will be able to fulfill their dreams, of course, only time will tell… but for now they are happy dressing up in their dream roles.
Now, coming back to the recipe for the day, I made these orange drop cookies. If you don’t like your cookies too sweet and are a fan of very mild flavours, then this is just right for you. They have a crunchy top with a softer texture inside and are best had warm.
What’s needed( for 25-27 cookies)-
1 and 1/2 C plain flour
1/2 C wholemeal flour
slightly less than 1/2 tsp bicarbonte of soda
a pinch of salt
1/2 C orange juice
Grated rind of one large orange
5 tblsp of oil
3 tblsp of honey
a little sugar for sprinkling on the top
- Heat the oven at 160 deg cel.
- Line and grease a baking tray/sheet.
- Beat the eggs.
- Sift together the flours, salt and soda and fold into the eggs.
- Add the orange juice and rind and mix well.
- Add the honey and oil and mix well.
- Place tspn fulls of the mixture on the prepared baking tray/sheet, a little apart from each other.
- Place the tray/sheet in the middle of the pre heated oven.
- After 2 minutes, (when they’ve just started to spread) take out the tray and quickly sprinkling the sugar over them, return it to the oven and bake for another 10-12 minutes or till the top is a nice golden brown and is firm to the touch.
- Leave the cookies in the tray for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before storing in air tight containers.