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Sunday, 21 December 2014

RECIPE ALERT Christmas Cheese Biscuits


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

Silent Sunday


Saturday, 29 November 2014

When I see this and hear this.....

Sounds, smells I find are great at bringing up long forgotten memories. I have a terrible memory so any glimpse into my past is always welcome.
When I see this.....


 ( some miniature African violets I bought for my mum when I was 16 for mothers day, flowers indiscriminately )

And when I hear this



It reminds me of Sunday lunches with my mum. Happy memories



Saturday, 18 October 2014

Hot water

Warning! If you don't like bodily fluids look away now.

There is a lump. Near my armpit area. It has been checked out and it's a "nothing to be worried about" lump. Can someone tell this to Lump please. It has been there quite happily minding its own business for the past year or so til recently. Something's made it angry. And you know what happens when you get angry ? Yes that's right you go green! Or in this case red and swollen. Think "how to get ahead in advertising" So when Lump wakes me in the middle of night because it's feeling very angry I try to placate it with Very Hot Water Salt Solution. It's getting very big and may explode at any moment. Take cover. You have been warned!