We’re going to the end of the universe.
Yes, I’m watching Doctor Who. Something about this lanky converse-wearing pseudo-Scottish time traveller has me hooked. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s his irrepressible energy. Perhaps it’s the hilarious and yet also strangely endearing alien life-forms that the writers have thought up. Perhaps it’s the idea that somewhere out there, a man in a blue box could be looking for a new companion. And that companion could be me.
Well, I hope so, anyway. Hope is a powerful force. I think one of my favourite things about the good Doctor is his indomitable hope in the human race. There’s no such thing as an ordinary human, after all. The most important creature in the universe.
It’s what comes to mind at Christmas, too. Jesus came to the earth as a humble human child, lowly and oppressed. God created us in his image, and we screwed up. He lived through humanity, all the ups and the downs, the highs and the lows, incredible joys and terrifying sadnesses. He sacrificed himself to save us and he started as an ordinary human.
No such thing as an ordinary human.
Nutmeg Maple Syrup Butter Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
225 g unsalted butter, softened
200 g sugar
120 ml maple syrup
1 large egg yolk
375 grams plain flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
Beat butter and sugar together with an electric beater until pale and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and then the egg yolk. Sift in the flour and nutmeg and fold in with the salt using a spatula. Form dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least half an hour and up to a week.
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Lightly dust your countertop with flour and roll out dough to 1/2 cm thick. Cut out using your favourite autumnal cookie cutters and arrange on the baking trays (you may want a metal spatula for lifting the cookies up off your work surface). Bake 8-10 minutes (depending on how big your cookies are).
Let cool on trays. Try not to eat them all yourself.