As we are traveling, we have realized the importance of familiarity. Because we are moving around so much, it’s comforting to have at least a few things that you can count on to be the same on most days. One thing we have found about our traditions (we use the word tradition in our house instead of “routine” as John doesn’t care for routines much… or at all, really) on the road is that they usually involve sugary treats, as if we were more deserving of treats here than at home. The tradition we observe most frequently is our nightly cup of cocoa and some sort of cookie to compliment. Recently we picked up some cookies called “Chit-Chats” and discovered they have a unique property. We need to rewind for a second… Our friend Martha taught us how to fill a cookie with hot cocoa by using it as a straw. You simply bite off the ends of a certain type of cookie, stick it in the cocoa (or possibly coffee–not been tested), and sip the cocoa into the cookie through the end. The cookie becomes saturated with the cocoa and you end up with a perfectly soft and gooey cookie–it’s almost indescribable how delicious it is! Warning: The cookie becomes very hard to manage and will fall off into the cocoa if you take on too much liquid–there is a fine balance. From our experience it only takes a second or so to fill the cookie. We believe the original cookie Martha introduced us to was the “Tim-Tam Original.” To our surprise, the “Chit-Chat” was a good knock-off that worked almost as well. We have since used the “Tim-Tam” and it is probably the one to go with.
You may have a hard time finding “Chit-Chats” or “Tim-Tams” at your local Safeway or Fred Meyer’s, but if you want to try this delicacy (or begin this tradition yourself), you can find the “Tim-Tam” at World Market. Martha will you verify our facts on this since you are the resident expert? Here are some instructional pictures below if you’re a visual learner.
**If you can’t tell, it has been raining for the last three days and we have been inside finding ways to occupy our time. With more rainy days ahead on the wet South Island, look forward to more instructional posts in the future.**