Open House Melbourne on Saturday, I came home and baked treacle gingerbread and Heidi's easy little bread. E said he wanted donuts. He ate two pieces of gingerbread. He said he loved the treacle flavour. The gingerbread was magnificent. Dark. Soft. Sticky. Easy to slice. Full of flavour but not too sweet. Amazing warm out of the oven. Delicious at room temperature with butter.
Tinned Tomatoes and I suggest you head over to enjoy Jacqueline's beautiful photos which do far greater justice to the loaf than mine.
Open House Melbourne. Another day of rain, walking and beautiful buildings. Two out of three venues did not allow external photography. The websites I link to have better photos anyway, but I will share just a few glimpses of each building.
My first stop was the Mission to Seafarers where Flinders Street meets Wundjeri Way. I have often driven past it but not given it much thought. It is mostly built in Arts and Craft style with some Spanish Mission influences. The Dome Gallery has rugged charm, the recreation room has gorgeous domed windows that fill the space with sunlight, and the chapel has some great stories in the stained glass windows. I found the below image particularly moving. I also loved the telephone booths in the corner and bought a couple of woolly hats (above) for a bargain $2 each.
Supreme Court of Victoria (below) It is an imposing edifice, building with gold rush wealth in the Nineteenth Century. I really enjoyed visiting a few of the courts but I was particularly impressed with the Library. Large portraits of influential judges look sternly upon the visitor as we gaze up at the domed ceiling. Wee kangaroos decorate the central light fittings. The shelves of faded old tomes speak of generations of lawyers studying at the solid wooden desks. If I had been more organised I would have loved to do a tour of the dungeons but alas it was not for me this year!
Melbourne Town Hall. This is a building with which I have had occasional experiences. It was the venue where I have organised both a tour and a symposium, performed on stage with a choic and attended concerts such as the Choir of Hard Knocks. Below is the view from the balcony. I also enjoyed the gum leaf decorations on the ceiling of the grand council chamber and the photos of Moomba Kings and Queens. I was amused by a story of a visit by Queen Elizabeth where a very expensive tea set was purchased and she just wanted a glass of orange juice!
Mr Maker. Then we made some pasties for dinner. But that is a story for another day when I have a bit more energy.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Cake pops and some healthy truffles
Two years ago: Nutty fries and other people’s plates
Three years ago: Apple and date cake
Four years ago: Do I dare to cook with one less pear?
Five years ago: Baking cake for climate change
From Grandma's Quick and Thrifty Cookbook via Tinned Tomatoes
185g plain flour (I used half wholemeal, half white)
110g self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
3 tsp mixed spice
140g soft brown sugar
250g black treacle
80ml olive oil
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper going about 3 cm above the side of the tin.
Combine all dry ingredients (including brown sugar) in a mixing bowl. Measure treacle in a large jug (I did this in a 2 cup jug and found it a bit small to mix it as vigorously as I would like). Add the milk, olive oil and eggs and whisk well with a fork.
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