Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chew Chews for the Train

...or “Pardon me Roy, Is that the cat that ate your new shoes?”

slave dug out this old hand written recipe because its friend, Sir Mike, was going to be taking a train ride. Since that is unusual in our world today, slave thought: OK! This is how it can serve!
These chewy snacks are flour-less cookies just filled with coconut and oats. A great source of good carbs!
Now in the past when one had to sit on a bumping seat for hours, (truck drivers know this well), something happens to the lower digestive tract. Without the “TMI”, lets just say that the combination of oats (bulk) and coconut provide just the remedy to get things moving again!
Yes these are sticky, but it would not be the first time he got his fingers sticky.


3 whole eggs
2 cups sugar
2 Tbs melted butter or margarine
¾ teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups uncooked old fashioned oats.
Left-over slightly toasted walnuts

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. (the old recipe called for foil – which slave tried without very good results!)
Beat the eggs until light yellow and frothy. Add the sugar slowly as you continue beating. At a low speed mix in the melted butter, vanilla, and salt.
When incorporated, take off the mixer.
With a wooden spoon fold in the coconut and oats, stirring well to completely mix.

Using a tablespoon measure as a scoop, drop mixture about 2 inches apart on the parchment. Slave stuck each with a piece or two of the left over walnuts for a crunch. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are starting to get a nice touch of brown around the edges.
Slide parchment with cookies over onto a cooling rack to cool for about 10 minutes. You might have to persuade these off with a metal spatula.

Slave tells you when problems arise so that you can learn to work your way out of them. What did slave do when the cookies would not peal off the foil? 

 Pop the cookie lined foil in the refrigerator for about an hour. When the cookies were really cold, the foil could be peeled off the cookie.
Now this recipe makes about 36 cookies, and slave managed to save 30 of them, so take your time.

Slave fixed four paper towels with a touch of dish washing liquid and just a touch of hot water. Then folded them each and put these damp towels in a resealable plastic bag. For the trip, like I said, these will give you sticky fingers! Please don't try to add rubbing alcohol like those store bought kind. It will end up with a permanent mess and hard feelings.

Slave hopes these will make for a fun trip! This was no big thing to make. It used up some leftovers (coconut and walnuts) and made a nice homemade treat. So it did not come out perfect, it was a chance to show how to think on your feet.

Serving can be just as easy as that! Look for small ways to help or just to give comfort. Sir Mike certainly didn't need to take food with him on this trip. It was the thought and effort that made the service. Service itself is such a reward and so fulfilling. It made me feel so good to have the chance to serve him. It made Him feel good that someone thought about doing something for Him. Win – Win!
As slave has said before, voluntary slavery could more appropriately be called “joyous serving”.


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

Oh by the way: the “Pardon me Roy” reference at the start of this post? 

The very first time a music recording sold a million copies, the record company RCA Victor commemorated by offering the artist “The Glenn Miller Band” a gold plated copy. Thus starting the practice of having a “Gold record”. 
That recording was “Chattanooga Choo Choo” 

The refrain starts with: “Pardon me boy, it that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?” This was quickly made into a shaggy dog joke. That joke is what was referenced. 

Remember it was a different time back when they called even elderly negro porters “Boy”. 
This video was from a film and is an extended version. The prize winning record was less than 3 minutes long, but everybody knew the words to a Glenn Miller Song!

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