In my past life, I was one of the partners who ran a bakery chain in our city (by this year, it is now the biggest one in the country). I was in charge of cookie production and we made cookies by truckloads every year. During those days, I was running the business side of the cookies, and never even baked one cookies. My nose was immune to the delicious smell of freshly baked cookies, and they were just a bunch of soul-less goods to be sold to me.
When I retired a couple of years ago and decided to cook for this blog as a hobby (which I later breath and live through this blog), I was reluctant to make cookies. With Chinese New Year just around the corner, I have no choice but to try baking cookies, that or shelling out serious money for store-bought cookies. Or wait for the good samaritans for free cookies.
I can proudly say that last week I overcame my fear. I made many, many batches of pineapple tarts (some successful, mostly not so much – I will post later after I give up tweaking. Do expect some seriously burnt tarts!) and a couple of batches of chocolate chip cookies with cashews. They are not awesome, but I am proud of myself. They taste quite good! Visually, they are not as neat and attractive as the ones I used to sell in our shops, but they are my pride and joy.