December 26, 2009

Gingerbread Men

I know I have a whole big backlog of recipes to post, but seeing as it's the Christmas season, I thought I'd just jump ahead and post this Gingerbread Men recipe. I'm no good at decorating them (nor do I have the time), so these were just plain. Even so, they were well loved.

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you've had a good one!

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Ingredients

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 firmly packed cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 large baking trays. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar using electric beaters until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in golden syrup and egg yolk, then use a spoon to fold in flour, ginger, spice and soda until it forms a smooth dough. Form into a ball and cover in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Bring dough to room temperature then roll out between baking paper to 5mm thick. Use a gingerbread man cutter to cut shapes (or indeed any other shape you desire, in which case you might end up with gingerbread stars or something other than men).
  4. Space out on trays and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.
  5. The biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

December 6, 2009

How does your garden grow?

And now for something different! Stepping away from the kitchen for this post, and into my garden. Well, the pots on my balcony that is. I have a number of plants from chilis to herbs (and more non-edible plants). How does your garden grow?

I promise we'll be back to the regular program next post! In the mean time, enjoy the pics.


Chili of some description, I think it has ebony in the title, but my little sister who gave it to me couldn't remember the name.

Basil, my most favourite herb. I love making basil and pinenut pesto!

Mint! I love just touching the mint and smelling the aroma it leaves on my fingers. Is that weird? There's just something so refreshing about the smell of mint!

Lemon tree seedling! I took these shots a while ago, and unfortunately the bird have eaten this one. Actually, they ate all the seedlings that I grew from seed. I was so annoyed. I will try again though!
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Next time: I have a really long backlog of food photos, and just have to match up the recipes to them now, you'll be getting one of those recipes next time!