Tonight I have a meeting of the ladies group on my street. This is the second year I've been a part of it and I am either the youngest or second youngest of the group. I'm not sure how long they have been meeting - should find that out - but it seems to be quite a while. One of the ladies is in her 80s and has grown up on this street. She lives on the next block now, but as a child lived in the house across the way from mine. She has told me "I saw your house being built, I saw the horses dragging out the basement". This was in 1937. There are many other stories which tend to be retold every few months or so and this is the best part of the group.
I am a co-host this evening so I've made Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Shortbread from Lisa Yockelson's beautiful book Chocolate, Chocolate. I love shortbread. It is so elegant and is not too sweet. This particular recipe includes rice flour which is what I think makes it so special as this shortbread has a very delicate crumb.