If you’ve ever been on Pinterest before, you’ll probably have seen a few photos pinned from the likes of the dreamy shops of Food52 Provisions, Herriott Grace, Ariel Alasko and Sweet Gum Co. – gorgeously styled images of beautiful hand carved spoons, rolling pins, cheeseboards and bowls. I have definitely spent a lot of time lusting over all that tableware and the fact that it’s all hand made just makes it extra special. The problem is that they’re all based in the US and either don’t ship to the UK or else the cost of the shipping overseas is like £20 (*sad trombone*).
About a year ago my brother found a shop in Hackney called ‘Barn the Spoon’, owned by Barnaby Carder who sits inside the tiny, glass-front shop all day, surrounded by feathery shavings of wood, carving spoons. Intrigued, I visited the shop a couple of times (and if you’re ever in East London, I definitely recommend it as a place to drop by!) to check it out for myself and buy some presents. A few months later I went to his studio in Stepney Farm and we chatted about him making a custom spoon for me (dream. come. true.).
As a baker I’m used to having normal wooden spoons for mixing batters but that’s a bit boring, isn’t it!? A wooden tablespoon measure is anything but. This adorable little 15ml scoop, carved out of English sycamore, is what we settled on (I have some pics of the process of making it below).
I thought it’d be a cool idea to challenge myself to make a ‘tablespoon recipe’ – using only the scoop as my measure! I ended up creating this small-batch recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies. It only makes 4 small cookies so it’s perfect for when a craving hits and you don’t want to be standing in the kitchen scooping cookie dough all evening (plus, because there’s no egg in the dough you can go to TOWN on eating it raw).
If you want to treat yourself to a little English tablespoon measure too,
you can find a few of them for sale on my portfolio website here all the spoons have been sold! Hopefully I’ll be able to re-stock in the new year. There’s a very limited supply of them as they’re super labour intensive to make and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. I’ll be shipping them out from the 16th onwards with first class mail in case you’re in a rush for a Christmas prezzie 😉
Otherwise, treat yourself to some chocolate chip cookies!!! They’re slightly chewy with a crunchy edge and have a hit of coconut flavour from the virgin coconut oil. If you’re not a coconut fan just sub some plain vegetable oil instead and of course you can switch some of the flour out for cocoa powder for double choccy bites!
– Don’t like the taste of coconut? Use plain vegetable oil instead of the coconut oil!
– Use vegan chocolate chips, if needed (such as the Enjoy Life brand).
– For double chocolate cookies: reduce flour to 2 1/2 tbsp and add 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder.