T’s Shortbread Revisited

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summary: revision of T’s shortbread; rice flour is the key; taking the lead from a recipe in “Beyond the Great Wall” by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford; new fridge magnet; time for more magnetic poetry;

We just finished the last of T’s Christmas shortbread. (Waahhh!! Does that mean Christmas is over? :stomp: :stomp: )

As always, it was great shortbread, even though it was slightly different from previous years. Amazingly, we didn’t take any photos.

But trust me, it looks exactly the same as the earlier versions:

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Almost Wordless Not-Wednesday: Fruitcake

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One of our friends loves this card – she imagines that she doesn’t like fruitcake.
fruitcake
:lalala: Poor her! :lalala:
:hohoho: She clearly hasn’t tried Mum’s fruitcake! :hohoho:
Christmas Cake
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Every year, my sister P sends us cake made from (mostly) Mum’s recipe. We keep the cake until the following Christmas, because aged cake always tastes better. (»»»)

Merry Christmastide to all!

summary: Merry Christmas to all! rationing; feasting anyway; indoor cat goes fishing; Orange Appeal mussels revisited with Pernod replacing the fennel; a tagine is the best;

In keeping with tradition, we like to celebrate Christmas over a number of days. None of this “one night and we’re done” for us!

Yesterday was Boxing Day and I confess that we were very lazy. Except the furry black fiend. He was very busy fishing.

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cat fish
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furry black fiend
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Needless to say, we did not join the silly throngs of lost souls who raced to the shopping malls in search of bargains.

Instead, after a leisurely late breakfast of glorious leftovers, we went out for a stroll through the neighbourhood, remarking on how quiet and calm it was. (continue reading )

Currant Affairs (BBB December 2018)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Baked Currant Doughnuts; rationing; sharing; late again; information about Bread Baking Babes;

Well. I’m only one day late. It’s not entirely my fault. (Actually, it is… :lalala: …one of these days I might learn to plan ahead.) If only the BBB dough had taken just 3 or 4 hours to rise – as per the recipe, I might have been on time. Still, better late than never for:

Bread Baking Babes (BBB): Baked Currant Doughnuts

“Nearly eleven o’clock,” said Pooh happily. “You’re just in time for a little smackerel of something.”

BBB December 2018

We are the fortunate ones; there are so many traditional yeasted delights to bake in December: Lucia Buns, Finnish cardamom bread, Brioche Flowers, Clark’s Bread, Stollen, Panettone, Babas au Rhum, . . . And then there are the non-yeasted delights too: scones, various kinds of shortbread, vinarterta, fruitcake, chocolate bark, cherry snowballs, crescents, cheese biscuits, . . . .

And now, thanks to Pat (aka Elle), we will have currant doughnuts – baked (Yay!), rather than deep-fried – to add to our feasts as well.

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