Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
A little background:
Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already, is a very expensive boutique
shop (they sell a typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00)
My daughter and I had just finished lunch at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in
Dallas , USA . Because both of us are such biscuit lovers, we decided to
try the 'Neiman-Marcus cookie'. It was so excellent that I asked if they
would give me the recipe. The waitress said with a small frown, 'I'm
afraid not, but you can buy the recipe.'
I asked how much, and she responded; 'Only two fifty - it's a great
I agreed to that, and told her to add it to my bill.
Thirty days later, I got my Visa statement, and the Neiman-Marcus charge
was $285. I looked at it again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95
for two sandwiches and about $20 for a scarf. At the bottom of the
statement, it said, 'Cookie Recipe - $250.00'. That was outrageous!
I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the waitress had
said it was 'two fifty', which clearly does not mean 'two hundred and
fifty dollars' by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase.
Neiman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money because
according to them; 'What the waitress told you is not our problem. You
have already seen the recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money.
I explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes
which govern fraud in the state of Texas . I threatened to report them to
the Better Business Bureau and The Texas Attorney General's office. I
was basically told: Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of how you
can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your money back'
I said, OK, you've got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250 worth of
fun. I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in
the world with an e-mail account gets a $250 cookie recipe from
Neiman-Marcus for free. She replied, 'I wish you wouldn't do that.' I
said, 'Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you RIPPED
ME OFF!' and slammed down the phone.
So here it is! Please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of.
I paid $250 for this, and I don't want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make
another penny from this recipe!
NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved as this makes heaps)
2 (500 ml) cups butter
680 g chocolate chips
4 (1000 ml) cups flour
2 (500 ml) cups brown sugar
2 tsp. (10 ml) Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp. (5 ml) salt
2 (500 ml) cups sugar
500 g Grated Cadbury chocolate
5 (1250 ml) cups blended oatmeal
2 tsp. (10 ml) baking powder
2 tsp. (10 ml) vanilla
3 cups (375 ml) chopped nuts (optional)
Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the
butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour,
oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda. Add chocolate
chips, grated Chocolate and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches
apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees (180 C).
The above quantities make 112 cookies. Enjoy!
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
This is a light goats cheese which is creamed and dipped in a fresh sweetened peach puree with the addition of kappa. It is sitting on a hazlenut sponge cake. The cheese is studded with lemon thyme blossoms. There is a peach jelly dice, fresh peach and a chamomile fluid gel as a garnish and it is finished with some drizzles of Acacia honey.
325g Cake flour
150g Ground hazlenuts
40g Baking powder
150g Olive oil
150g Hazlenut oil
200g Warm vegetable stock
1) Pre- heat an oven to 325F(160C).
2) Cream together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
3) Add the oils and mix well.
4) Add half of the milk and then half of the cake flour, almond flour and baking powder mix, then the rest of the milk, then the rest of the flour mix and lightly whisk out any lumps.
5) Grease the bottom of a half hotel pan and line it with parchment paper.
6) Add the cake mix and bake in the oven for 30 mins.
7) After the 30 mins is up turn the heat down to 300F and bake for a further 5 mins.
8) Remove the cake from the oven and prick the cake with holes, and slowly pour on the chicken stock covering the cake.
10) Leave out for 45 mins to allow the cake to absorb the chicken stock.
11) Wrap the cake and chill until needed.