The shower has broken yet again. We have oodles of freezing cold water but no hot. I blame the electrics which are straight out of W Heath Robinson. I should do something about the electrics but the only reliable electrician in the village is straight out if A League of Gentlemen, complete with beige overalls with his name embroidered on the top pocket. He's only happy if he can spend his day between floor boards or in your loft. Sometimes you forget he's there and go to bed to the sound of wierd scrabbling noises. I digress.
We are fortunate enough to have a second bathroom in She-ra's room with a hand held mains supplied water. It's ok.
However today I was in a rush and opted for what I call a Carrie wash ( Homeland) That is the hot flannel to those who don't know. There is something rather comforting about a hot flannel on your face. Maybe it's the childhood memories it evokes. The warmth of flannel is most pleasant.
Squeezing out the excess water from said hot flannel, ready to enjoy a small comfort you can imagine my horror when I started to gag.
Within milliseconds I realised that this was no ordinary flannel. This flannel had been used prior. By my 20year old son post football match and was full of rank stake sweatiness.
My nasal hairs were singed. My gagging reflex in overload. No amount of scrubbing, soap or perfume could remove the odour from my soul. I can still smell it now.
Moreish - tick. Calorific - most likely. Easy Peasy - tick. Cute gift to take to dinner party - double tick. I made about 45 of these Christmas trees form following 100g Butter, room temperature 50g Grated strong cheddar or other equally pongy cheese 50g Parmesan 100g Plain flour pinch cayenne or chilli flakes Sesame poppy or fennel seeds to sprinkle on for decoration Pre heat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 Cut butter into chunks Put all ingredients apart from the seeds into food processor. Pulse it until it forms a ball. Believe me it does form a ball. Put in a bowl, cover with cling film and put in fridge for a good hour. Go do stuff Generously flour work surface Line a baking tray or three with greaseproof Put dough on work surface. Put the cling film on top of dough and roll it out. Keep lifting and turning it so it doesn't stick to the work surface. Roll out to about pound thickness Go crazy with your Christmas tree cutters, stars, bells whatever tickles your fancy Sprinkle with your seeds of choice. Bake for 10 - 15 mins until pale golden Take from baking sheet as soon as they come out of over as they will stick Delicious with aperitifs or on the cheeseboard. They don't hang around for long