I have a fascination for nifty gadgets, especially compact ones that don’t require a lot of space in my tiny little home and are easy to configure. Now I wouldn’t know how to use a lot of them, but it is fun to learn new things right? So I was really excited when Google sent me the new “Google Home Assistant” to play with.
The smart speaker is a fabulous way to build a home ecosystem and took less than 10 minutes to configure and set up. I was definitely impressed that it understood my very desi accent and followed my commands easily.
They suggested that this groovy little gadget could help me with cooking by giving me recipe suggestions and guide me with step by step instructions. They had also sent me some baking goodies along with it, so I promptly decided to bake some cookies and asked it to give me a recipe.
Within seconds it suggested the “Coconut and Oatmeal Drop Cookies” from foodnetwork which I loved and decided to bake. Being a cleanliness freak every time I use to cook from a recipe that I find online or in a book, I wash my hands everytime I touch the book or my phone/laptop which definitely adds to the cooking time and can be cumbersome. However, with Google home, all I had to do is to tell it to Pause or give me the next step without touching it, and it was that simple.
It even allowed me to set a timer for the baking and promptly reminded me when the time was up. I can totally see myself using the Google Home assistant everytime I am looking for a new recipe online and need help remembering the steps or to just have some soft music playing in the background as I cook away to glory
A happy little addition in my home
Ingredients (Baking time 15 minutes)
- 1 cup butter (I used Coconut Oil)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups Flour
- 2-1/2 cups shredded coconut
- 2 cups rolled Oats
Heat oven to 175 Degrees C. Grease 2 large cookie sheets or baking paper. Cream butter/oil and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beat together. Add vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Then add the flour. Mix until well combined. Mix in the Oats.
Drop individual scoops of the dough on greased cookie sheet/baking paper., spacing about 1/2 inch apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, just until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.