There are many girls in m family. Among the clothes in the bag were ones that Sylvia had inherited from cousins, including a gorgeous wee newborn dress. I've urged Fran to use it as soon as she can because babies grow out of newborn clothes so quickly. In fact it has been passed to a few babies and I am not sure if anyone has managed to get any wear out of it. Babies are like that. Blink and they are a bit girl sitting on your shoulder as you type (ahem, Sylvia)!
Venetian Carrot Cake that I looked it up online and bookmarked it. It was surprisingly time consuming. Squeeze the moisture from the grated carrot, simmer the sultanas, toast the walnuts. I foolishly decided to substitute walnut oil for the neutral oil. And I used walnuts in lieu of pine nuts but didn't read that they were to be scattered on top.
Sylvia likes to go to the supermarket and pick up items and ask me to check if they have peanuts in them. We talk about her allergy to peanuts. Sometimes she asks why she has an allergy. I don't know. I am just thankful that her reactions have not been life threatening.
When the biscuits came out of the oven they looked normal (above). They tasted great. Once they cooled I tasted another (for research). I was surprised to see they were looking rather green around the gills (below). How odd!
I had thought this might be a good recipe for people I know who are gluten free. But I just don't feel I could hand them around without a lot of uneasiness. E wasn't keen on the green. Either was Sylvia. My mum was lukewarm. Fran and John quite liked them. I liked them but they were quite cakey and got even softer very quickly over a couple of days. Perhaps if I had read the recipe and flattened them before baking they might have been crisper.
chocolate macaroons and chickpea crackers to nibble on as we chatted. No need to put Stella to sleep this time. She slept like the proverbial baby!
NOTE: A word of warning to those who want to make these sunbutter biscuits for others with nut allergies. I always thought that seeds were a good alternative to nuts for allergy sufferers. However I checked with a friend of mine whose son has far more severe allergies than Sylvia. He is also allergic to seeds too.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: WHB Apricot Delight and Dusty Magazine Clippings
Two years ago: Smoky Parsnip Muffins
Three years ago: Spring garden and WIP pasta
Four years ago: Choc chip and cherry cookies
Sunbutter choc chip cookies
adapted from Against All Grain
makes about 12 cookies
¼ cup (55g) butter (or margarine), softened
¼ cup (70g) sunbutter (mine was sweetened)
2 tbs coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp + 2 tsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Cream butter, sunbuttter, and coconut sugar. (I did this by hand.) Beat in egg, vanilla and lemon juice. Add coconut flour. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes. Stir in bicarb soda and then choc chips. Drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking tray. Flatten. Bake at 180 C (350 F) for about 9 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the tray.
Venetian Carrot Cake
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
3 tablespoons pine nuts (I used chopped walnuts)
2 medium carrots, grated (about 2 cups) about 200g
1/2 cup golden sultanas - I used darker ones
1/4 cup rum - I used orange juice
1/2 cup regular olive oil, not extra-virgin, (I used walnut oil - maybe a mistake)
3/4 cup castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
1/2 lemon, zest finely grated and juiced
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 22cm (or 9 inch) round cake tin.
You will need a bit of time for preparation of ingredients - grate carrots and squeeze as much moisture out in a two layers of paper towel; dry fry walnuts; and simmer sultanas in orange juice for 3 minutes.
Using electric beaters, beat some air into the oil and sugar, then add vanilla and eggs and keep beating until yellow and creamy. Gently fold in carrots, walnuts, sultanas and juice, almond meal, nutmeg, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out sticky but clean of uncooked cake batter. Keeps 5-6 days and may be frozen.
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