Ok so this post was absolutely, 100% scheduled to be for the Christmas period. I was going to act like Santa, launching a giant sack over my back and Ho-Ho-ing till all of you guys were giggling – you know the drill!
But, my holiday mood kicked in and I got so busy, that the very ability to blog dried up and was forgotten in the corner, while holiday celebrations took centre stage. That along with other commitments means that now, I am making this a new years style giveaway and post for you.
You know, taking the whole new year-new you approach (as if that hasn’t been done before, but regardless, it’s all good!) 🙂
A month or so ago, Ollie from Performics contacted me, asking me to write about the importune of hygiene in association with Dettol products. Who am I to say no, especially since (as my mum will tell you) I am a hy. giene. freak.
When it comes to the kitchen at least 😛
Ever since I became a bossy, overbearing little girl in the kitchen, I have been unable to stand messiness while I am baking. I know, it is almost stupid, considering that baking is one of the messiest past times possible! But no, trust me when I say anything spilt will be cleaned up at that moment, without delay, unless I’m making a caramel or something.
Food does still get my attention first you know 😉
But back to my cleaning habits, that anal tendency of mine is the reason behind why I cannot stomach baking when someone else is in the kitchen. I can’t have bits of capsicum and curry paste mixing in with my cake batter. I downright refuse to have to share knives, I mean, what kind of society are we living in?
And don’t even get me started on my mum taking my sugar.
Oh. My. God. The gloves, they SO come off.
But having said all this, I am so excited when my mum offers to wash my dishes for me (because deep down, I am still a 5 year old who loves not having to do chores 😛 )
Anyways, that is why I was so excited when I received these incredible products courtesy of Performics to try out while I cook, and see if they made a difference in helping me be faster, more efficient and even more hygienic when I was baking these fabuloso cookies. I mean, beginning with good hand hygiene is not enough, you certainly have to extend yourself beyond that to ensure good personal hygiene in the kitchen. .
As per usual, I started off by washing my hands before entering the kitchen. Bringing back memories of food tech where the rule was ‘sing happy birthday to yourself’ – when you end the song, your hands are sufficiently clean. While I usually use a good bar of soap, I decided to use Dettol’s Revitalise Anti-Bacterial Hand Wash instead. It smells of raspberry and pomegranates, so who was I to argue right?
It also didn’t leave my hands feeling sticky after washing at all, or dry and papery 🙂
The Touch of Foam hand wash I received, had a more oriental flavour with their cherry and rose combination, but it did deliver on the foaming after I washed my hands post-cookie… post-cookie-dough eating (you caught me…). It did foam quite a bit, giving me a mini bubble bath and again, I felt no papery skin afterwards. Plus, as with all Dettol Products, it killed 99.9% of bacteria, which is always a good thing!
Now, while I was baking the cookies, I was more conscious about how I was wiping up. Usually, I just use an old tea towel to mop up spills, then give a proper wipe down later. While this removes the dirt from the eye, any microbes wouldn’t go, so during my crazy baking sesh, I used the Surface Cleanser Wipes. These removed slippery butter and sticky sugar so much better, and best of all, left that ‘hygienic but not hospital’ fresh smell when I finished.
Just made my baking experience that much better 🙂
In all, I found that these Dettol products just made it a bit easier for me to stay hygienic in the kitchen, while I still managed to enjoy myself eating cookie dough and copious amounts of chocolate chips (without the fear of bacteria I suppose :P) – Promise, I totally used hand sanitiser after diving into my bowl!
So now, comes the fun part…
That’s right, if you want to kick off your new year with a bit of an early spring cleaning bug, then anyone and everyone can enter this! HO HO HO!!! (sorry couldn’t resist 😉 )
You could win all of this…
In order to enter all you have to do is:
- Leave a comment telling me if you are messy or clean in the kitchen
Then get additional entries by leaving me a separate comment for each of these you do:
- Subscribing to my blog
- Following Dettol on facebook
- Following my instagram @chocchipuru
- Following my Facebook page
And then as long as you promise to make my cookies in the most hygienic way that you can, we have a deal 😉
Here are conditions of entry:
- Must be over 18 years old
- Use an email that is regularly checked
- A shipping address that is not a PO Box
- This giveaway ends on the 15th of Jan 12pm AEST
Ok, that should be about it – now for your recipe as a reward for hearing my hygiene rant 😀
Good luck mes cheris!
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Barely adapted from: Bon Appeti
- 1 3/4 cups Self-Raising flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 113g butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbs full cream milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 300g dark chocolate, cut into rough chunks
- Sea salt, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and place baking paper on two baking trays
- Beat butter and sugar and essence till light and fluffy.
- Add in the egg and egg yolks, beating after each one.
- Sift the SRF and baking soda together. On low speed, beat into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk till just combined.
- Stir through the chocolate using a spatula.
- Spoon rounded tablespoons of the dough onto the baking trays, ensuring there is a good 4-5cm separation between cookies (cause these babies spread!)
- Sprinkle cookies with sea salt
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or till golden brown (they will be uber soft, as hard as it is, wait for them to cool!)
- Let sit on wire racks to cool to room temperature and store in airtight containers 🙂
Enjoy and again, best of luck for this giveaway! Let’s start of 2015 with some luck right? 😀
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