vegetarian haggis, which in recent years we have enjoyed in a large tray of nachos. This year Sylvia had her own tray of kiddie nachos - corn chips and cheese and we had some festive punch (which goes very well with champagne). Then we sit back to relax while we watch the Edinburgh Tattoo on television. This year, we had the added fun of a Christmas gingerbread tree, thanks to our neighbour Paula.
Now my aim for next Christmas is to make different sized lebkuchen stars and stick them together with chocolate ad finish with a light snow shower of icing sugar and some sparkles. Stay tuned.
It is an odd world where Scottish and Mexican cuisines fuse perfectly and gingerbread is great without ginger but you can't argue with it if it works so well.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: On being a vegetarian
This time two years ago: Potluck in Prinny Park
This time three years ago: New Year’s Feasting
This time four years ago: Still life with fruit and fudge (NYE pt 1)
Rebecca's gingerless gingerbread
From Sue Dengate's The Failsafe Cookbook: reducing food chemicals for calm happy families
125g butter or margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup
3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 cups plain flour (Paula used spelt)
lemon citric icing
Melt butter or margarine with brown sugar and golden syrup. When slightly cooled, stir in egg and bicarb. Stir in flour until mixture comes together into a dough. Knead briefly. Paula then rolls out to no more than 0.5cm (she says any thicker doesn't work so well) on a piece of baking paper. She cuts the biscuits using cutters and removes the dough from around the shapes. The baking paper now just has the shapes to be cooked and can be placed on a baking tray. Bake at 180 C for 15 minutes. When cooled ice with lemon citric icing (icing sugar, citric acid and water, or use lemon juice instead of citric acid if food intolerances are not a problem). Stacking star shapes in a tree shape using icing to sandwich them together is optional.
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