I saw the biscuits in a cookbook at my sister's house last year. It had lots of simple chocolate recipes that were comfortingly familiar to anyone with an Australian childhood like my own. Classic recipes like pavlova, ANZAC biscuits, golden syrup dumplings and honey joys are made with chocolate. And doesn't everything taste better with chocolate.
Cadbury World that I visited many years ago. Nice to feel a connection even if watching easter eggs being wrapped at Haighs factory in Adelaide was more fun than the tour in Dunedin.
The first recipe I decided to try was the chocolate gingerbread recipe. It seemed perfect for Halloween, given that we had a new black cat cookie cutter. The pastry rolled out easily without having to sit it in the fridge. I liked these biscuits. They were fairly plain and did not taste strongly of either ginger or chocolate. Great with a cuppa tea. Just not as spicy and soft as my favourite gingerbread biscuits. I love the idea. Maybe it needs some tweaking!
Kari's banana and raspberry ice cream, we blended a banana, about 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries and 1 to 2 tablespoons of dessicated coconut. Then we froze them in icy pole moulds. They were very yummy but too soft to hold onto the icy pole stick well. Perhaps better as a bowl of ice cream.
- 'On the Punt' by the Aerial Maps. This is a great song that fills me with nostalgia. It is timely too given that the Melbourne Cup (horse race) is today. Though I don't bet on the nags, my great grandfather was an SP bookie and my grandmother loved a flutter.
- Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - a brilliant 2012 advertisement for The Guardian newspaper. I first saw this on Gruen Planet which triggered a fascinating discussion about the future of journalism and then heard a further discussion on the radio about it.
- Changing Tracks for Kevin - this is a story I heard last week that was just so moving - and so sad - but if you read it you will never hear Sweet Child of Mine in the same way again.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Easy caramel fudge
Two years ago: Afghans – childhood comfort food
Three years ago: The Cornbread that Stops a Nation
Four years ago: Asparagus Adulation and two recipe
Five years ago: A Break in Beechworth
Chocolate gingerbread biscuits
From Cadbury's A Taste of Chocolate
Makes about 30 biscuits (or cookies)
1/3 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
1/3 cup golden syrup
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp ground ginger
1 egg lightly beaten
2 1/4 cups plain white flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup - I did this in the microwave but you could do it on the stovetop too. Let cool a little. Stir in cocoa, ginger and egg. Then stir in the flour and bicarb to make a soft dough. Briefly knead on a lightly floured board until smooth. Roll out to 5mm thickness. I did this on baking paper so I could do it with very little flour - just a little flour on the rolling pin. I also only rolled out half the dough at a time. Place biscuits on lined baking trays and bake for 10 minutes at 180 C.
On the stereo:
Portishead - Portishead