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A Taste of Halloween

Although not a particular fan of dark evenings, Halloween is a mega excuse to go all out with the baking. Taste is important, but at this time of year the decoration is also important, but remember no style over substance!  Last year we made the chocolate graveyard cupcakes.  They exuded taste and style.  So no pressure for this year.

A Taste of Halloween 2016

A Taste of Halloween 2016

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Is it a biscuit or a cookie?

I for one, never really know.  I would like to think a biscuit is flatter, and crisp, to me a digestive “biscuit” is the typical biscuit for me.
Biscuits

Whereas a cookie can be slightly more cracked, un-uniform and soft.  A chocolate chip cookie in this case is my example.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie

Often when I get the urge to make either a cookie or a biscuit I cannot make up my mind, so end up making more than one.

Sometimes when the mood REALLY takes me I might go one step further and make some “millionaire” shortbread.  I had been doing my shopping after my run recently (NEVER is this a good idea BTW), and spied my guilty pleasure in the aisle while waiting to pay. My virtuous daughter said not to give into my Twix temptation.  But I just couldn’t get the caramel/ chocolate/ Shortbread combination out of my head. So the biscuit on that occasion was, of course the millionaire.

Of course once you pair chocolate with either one, it instantly becomes a treat.

Biscuits

My husbands family come from a rather well known biscuit brand.  Jacob’s biscuits. As it happened the origin of the brand was Waterford,  founded in 1851 in Bridge Street, by William Beale Jacob and his brother Robert. It later moved to the better known location of Bishop Street in Dublin, with a factory in Peter’s Row. The factory in Liverpool was opened in 1914.

Mind you, when you think of Jacob’s biscuits you often imagine the iconic orange wrapping of the famous cream cracker, that, to me, isn’t really a biscuit at all! And no, I’m afraid I CANNOT tell you how they put the figs into the figrolls…..

So, as you can see I’ve quite the obsession with the whole cookie, biscuit, cracker thing.  And thankfully always have lots of volunteers helping me in my quest to find a favourite.  So, what’s yours?

Red, Red…..

Coleslaw and Biccies.  Well not together obviously!  Red is the colour associated with Christmas, be it Santa’s Hat, or some mulled wine.  This post is dedicated to red cooking.

Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

This vegetable is very robust, and a little goes a long way.  We traditionally cook it for Christmas dinner, slowly for a long time, with spices and apples.  But a the moment I’ve a hankering for coleslaw, and using red cabbage, instead of the traditional green cabbage, gives it a lovely seasonal flavour. The addition of an acidic fruit to the cooking stops the colour changing.  As an aside it makes a very good home-made pH indicator. And as the healthy eating takes a definite dive, it’s good to know that this type of  cabbage has 10 times more vitamin A and twice as much iron as green cabbage.

And it’s simply a matter of taking half a cabbage, 3 peeled carrots, and a handful a spring onions.  Slicing or grating the appropriate veggies, then adding a couple of dollops of homemade mayonnaise.  And that’s it.  Christmas in a bowl, without the guilt.

Speaking of guilt.  I also tried, quite unsuccessfully, to make a new type of biscuit this week.  Red Velvet cookie to be precise.  The dough used buttermilk which I thought was a bit strange.  But what the hell. And the typical red velvet colouring.  I was intending to cook them Friday evening.  But had broken a cardinal rule of reading the recipe through before starting to cook.  Yes, there was an overnight in the fridge step.  And as an aside, I then had to turn around and make a chocolate pudding as the family were expecting SOMETHING, and I do hate to disappoint.

So the dough overnighted in the fridge.  And as a matter of fact spent the next day in the fridge too.  But did get cooked eventually. And I’m not sure if it was the extended waiting time.  Or just the fact that the cookie recipe was not that good.  Anyhows.  They were disappointing.  But fun to ice.  And I did try to make kinda cool reindeer out of them.

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies

Think I’ll just stick to the traditional Finnish gingerbread!