I punctured one of my car tyres in the office car park and had to flutter my eyelashes sweetly enough for the two men on my desk to agree to changing it.
I admit, it's not a role I felt comfortable performing. I'm no Germaine Greer but I do get frustrated when I don't know how to do these things myself and I am uneasy about asking for help.
However, these two kind souls stepped in, offered their help and did a top job.
I was truly grateful and wanted to say thank you so, ironically, I headed into the kitchen and raided my ingredients store.
I cobbled together the ingredients for chocolate, fruit and nut cookies, inspired by a superb Bill Granger recipe for chocolate chunk and peanut butter cookies.
I brought the cookies to work this morning and they seemed to have been gobbled down and enjoyed, so here's the recipe.
Makes 18 (ish, but the cookie dough tastes so good, it may only make, say 14)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 155g plain flour
- 150g dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 100g Cadburys Fruit and Nut, or similar, cut into decent sized pieces.
- 1tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven at 190 degrees and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
- Cream together the butter, sugar and peanut butter until pale and creamy.
- Add in the egg and vanilla essence
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in to combine
- Fold in the chocolate
- Using an icecream scoop portion out balls of mixture
- Roll into balls and place on baking sheets
- Press down lightly with back of hand
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Cool on a wire rack until firm
- Eat and enjoy!