Thursday, 29 September 2011
Portishead, Patagonia and Pink Gumboots,
... Today this Cooke Baked
It needed to be a recipe without eggs (we were out) and the first egg-less one I saw was Gingernuts, pg 40 in the trusty 'every kiwi baker's standby', Edmonds Cookery Book.
125 grams butter
1/4 cup of brown sugar
3 tbsps of golden syrup
1 tsp Edmonds baking powder
1 tablespoon boiling water
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
3 teaspoons ground ginger
Cream butter, sugar, syrup. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to creamed mixture. Sift flour, ginger together. Add to creamed mixture. Roll teaspoonsfuls of mixture into balls and place on greased oven tray. Flatten wit a fork. Bake at 180 C for 20 - 30 mins. Makes 25.
They turned out tough little cookies, but tasty enough. I'd made them SUPER QUICK as the grand-kids were here, requiring vigilance ...
Grommet was his ever-obliging self and happy to act as a play prop.
... eventually making his escape.
In the middle of it all, I managed a skype with our son Chris who is in Patagonia, Chile.
While talking to him, I heard an almighty crash. V had thrown a small glass dish on to the floor of the conservatory. A gift from a flat-mate from the time I was a student in Dunedin in the 70's, now destined for the 'mosaic-pile'. (It had survived the boys, but not the grandchildren!)
I attached the 'Made In Kyoto' Grandparent cards on to the fridge today, and thought of our wee family in Japan.
I listened to:
Portishead 'Roads' (courtesy of Chris, who sent it to me over Facebook). Beautiful. Good to listen to while flinging together a batch of biscuits cos it slows you down a bit, which can only be a good thing when you're baking.
Brett Dennan's 'Blessed Is This Life' (very fitting for a day when you have heard from all of the family).
It feels good to be on board again after three days in bed with a horrible cold. And tomorrow is Friday - already!