I was on the Thermomix forum tonight and found the following post and thought I would repost it, I am sure that Chelsea would not mind. I am a firm believer in what goes around, comes around.
It was written by
|Chelsea (Thermie Groupie)|
This is a true story. A little background:
Neiman-Marcus, if you don’t know already, is a very expensive boutique shop (they sell a typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00)
My daughter and I had just finished lunch at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas , USA .
Because both of us are such biscuit lovers, we decided to try the ‘Neiman-Marcus cookie’.
It was so excellent that I asked if the would give me the recipe.
The waitress said with a small frown, ‘I’m afraid not, but you can buy the recipe.’
I asked how much, and she responded; ‘Only two fifty – it’s a great deal’
I agreed to that, and told her to add it to my bill.
Thirty days later, I got my Visa statement, and the Neiman-Marcus charge was $285.
I looked at it again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two sandwiches and about $20 for a scarf.
At the bottom of the statement, it said, ‘Cookie Recipe – $250.00′.
That was outrageous!
I called Neiman’s Accounting Department and told them the waitress had said it was ‘two fifty’, which clearly does not mean ‘two hundred and fifty dollars’ by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase.
Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.
They would not refund my money because according to them; ‘What the waitress told you is not our problem.
You have already seen the recipe.
We absolutely will not refund your money.
I explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes which govern fraud in the state of Texas .
I was basically told: Do what you want.
Don’t bother thinking of how you
can get even, and don’t bother trying to get any of your money back’
I said, OK, you’ve got my $250, and now I’m going to have $250 worth of fun.
I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the world with an e-mail account gets a $250 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus for free.
She replied, ‘I wish you wouldn’t do that.
‘ I said, ‘Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you RIPPED ME OFF!’ and slammed down the phone.
So here it is!
Please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of.
I paid $250 for this, and I don’t want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make another penny from this recipe!
125g Cadbury chocolate
80g nuts (optional)
100g brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
170g chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180° and grease or line biscuit trays.
Blend oats in tmx to a fine powder (8 seconds, speed 8 ), set aside.
Grate Cadbury chocolate squares in tmx (5 seconds, speed 8 ), set aside.
Chop nuts if you are adding them in tmx (4 seconds, speed 5 ) , set aside (can combine with grated chocolate).
Place butter and sugars into bowl and cream (30 seconds, speed 5).
Add egg and vanilla and mix (6 seconds, speed 5).
Add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, bicarb soda and mix (20 seconds, speed 5).
To add the choc chips, grated choc and nuts try reverse speed 4-5 and gradually adding the choc and nuts through the hole. Note: the mixture gets very thick (like rum balls) and in the end I had work the last ingredients in by hand as my blades wouldn’t spin.
Roll into balls (no need to flatten) and place 5cms apart on tray.
Bake for 10 minutes.