St Petersburg is so St Petersburg-like these days – rather cold, windy and crazily unstable with its sun / rain / hail rounds with several minute intervals. Today I made a brief walk right in the centre of the centre of St Pete – and here is my account (with oatmeal cookies for the dessert, of course!).
I’ve been on the Moyka River embankment, close to Volynsky Lane with these architecturally interesting buildings
If you continue along the embankment, you see the Print Museum and Shop (will go inside some day…)
You look above and notice the clouds are moving fast, so you head on to…
the famous Palace Square with the Hermitage museum and this runway-looking surface
…and if you turn right you find this decaying grandeur of a military building
You walk on and get to the most photographed Venice-like corners of St Pete (also known as Northern Venice, BTW)
And here is the Hermitage from the other side, facing the Neva River
You lower your glaze to the ground and find out there’s sun in the sky!
Though in a second the sky looks a bit menacing. This is Alexander Column which BTW stands thanks to its weight with no attachment to its base : )
On your way back Moyka river looks better with the sun highlighting the beauty of the facades
Yes, the facades: this one is here from the early 20th century, very weird in style (the same Volynsky Lane but from the other side)
Sunny bakery on Bolshaya Konushennaya Street (there’s also a famous Pyshechnaya or Donut Cafe close by, operating from 1958). And that brings us to food! Though just a quick glance at the summer St Petersburg – sunny but not over 10 ‘C today:
Griboedova Canal with the Savior on Blood church in the back and lots of wires against the sky (more on this here)
Add to this a short hail and tremendous dark blue clouds in the evening and the white nights – and you’ll get St Petersburg!
In the morning I made some shots of these nice oatmeal chocolate cookies – and the sun was playing its usual hide-and-seek tricks with me:
Sun and the clouds
Almost no sun… Ok-ok, cookies at last! : )
A year ago – Khachapuri for the Bride’s Party
Two years ago – Herbed Lemon Cheese and Two Breads to Go with
Whole Wheat Toasted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies adapted from www.twopeasandtheirpod.com will make crunchy chococookies that you will not easily say are actually oatmeal cookies!
My changes to the original recipe:
Instead of using white whole wheat flour (which I have not) I mixed whole wheat flour with regular all purpose flour. I added some oil to the butter and decreased the amount of chocolate chips (just chopped half a chocolate bar).
Remarks: Be careful when toasting the oats! I left them in the oven for 9 minutes and had to get them quickly out because they were actually burning! So they got a bit over ‘lightly brown’ and ‘nutty aroma’ stated in the recipe. However… I took them out just before they got burnt so the cookies were not affected by this accident. I baked the cookies a bit longer than 10 minutes but don’t get mislead by them looking too soft at the end of 10 minutes – they will harden when they cool.
Result: Crunchy, chewy and with the trick of toasting the oats make these cookies quite not that oat-y! BTW the almost burnt oats look like chocolate chips : ) Not overly sweet and whole-wheat-y by the way.
Less sweet things coming soon, I promise.