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We’re the Hellawi (of course), named after a tribe of small people who live in very long grass and run around shouting “We’re the Hellawi, we’re the Hellawi”.   OK, so perhaps that joke was funnier when I first heard it at school, but I thought I would dust it off and give it another outing. It seems appropriate for a journey to the back of beyond…   


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  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100 g)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar (165 g), packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (115 g), melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (155 g)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks (110 g)
  • 4 oz dark chocolate chunk (110 g), or your preference


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps.
  2. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture.
  3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula (Be careful not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies).
  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavour and deeper colour, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavour will be.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches (10 cm) of space between cookies and 2 inches (5 cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.
  8. Cool completely before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

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Who we share your data with

The usual suspects, including drug cartels, people who have unexpectedly inherited large amounts of money and your gossipy Aunt Mildred.  

How long we retain your data

A little bit longer than the time it took the bird to collect the sand in James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. 

What rights you have

You have the right to remain silent.  You do not have to say anything.  But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.    

Where we send your data

We would like to answer this question but have been struggling to decide if data is plural or singular.  Were we to say, for example, “your data are sold to the highest bidder” that might upset the grammarians among/amongst you and that would be unfortunate.  We will get back to you on this…