Stick = ?

It’s funny how some days after you have had a lack of quality sleep (Amelia J was up at 3am and then again at 5.30 and then again at 7) you find wells of previously untapped energy. This morning I did a little work, cleaned the kitchen, walked down to mum’s and back with Amelia J and made up the dough for some ginger chocolate biscuits (cookies). The dough is sitting in the fridge waiting for me to get around to baking them while I finish off some more work hoping that Amelia’s nap will be a long one. Hopefully they will be ok. Like many other Martha Stewart recipes I have undertaken, the amount of equipment used is always seemingly excessive; “mix in a bowl and in a separate bowl add this and that, melt in a small saucepan and in another saucepan boil all of that, stir together in a further bowl” etc. I used about half the amount of chocolate suggested, and if you are wondering how much butter is in a US stick of butter (8 tablespoons?! How do you get a solid lump of butter into a tablespoon?) the kindly Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts has a tiny note at the back that explains; “In the States, butter is often measured in sticks. One stick is the equivalent of 8 tablespoons [as suggested by Martha]. One tablespoon of butter is therefore the equivalent to 1/2 ounce / 15 grams”. So this recipe calls for 120g of butter. Woo. I can cook AND multiply! All on five hours sleep.
I am baking these for my mother’s group tomorrow which I am hosting at chez Robbo. The couch is still sad and uncomfortable, the shelves shaggy and out of control, I need to get some new flowers as the amazing stems that I bought at the market last week are all curled and brown and I have to do a major bathroom clean. There will be 9 mums and their associated babies all arriving around 1.30 tomorrow afternoon. That’s practically a party. Actually, that’s a pretty big party! Hmmm.