October 7th, 2001


Ginger Snaps

Today, inspired by scamp, we made ginger snaps :) chezzie was asking for the recipe, so I thought I'd post it here as other people might like it too.

So here is J's mother's recipe for ginger snaps:

4oz soft margerine
8oz caster sugar
3 desert spoons of golden syrup
12oz plain flour
2 rounded teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 egg

Cream margerine and sugar.
Add the syrup and mix.

Mix together the flour, ginger, bicarb and baking powder.
Beat the egg.

Add a little of the dry ingredients and a little of the egg to the margerine/sugar/syrup mix. Mix well.
Repeat until all is added.
(NB: if you use large eggs (like me) then you'll probably need a bit more flour to stop it being too sticky)

Roll into balls, that are just smaller than a ping-pong ball.

Place 6 onto each baking tray (covered with baking parchment).

Cook at 200°C for about 10 minutes (keep an eye on them). Take out when deep golden brown and allow to cool on racks.

This mix makes about 40 or so, and if you want any left for the next day I'd advise keeping small children or other-halves out of the kitchen while they cool ;)
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After a bit of a bad start yesterday, things improved. We went into town and ate plain and comfortable food at Vagabonds (I had a jacket potatoe with cheese and butter, J had beans on toast, neither of us had coffee). We did our usual potter round the shops, and while we were in EB I bought Age of Empires II Gold Edition (which includes the Conquerors expansion). So hopefully I'll get in a bit of practice before the next games weekend coz I normally lose miserably when we play that.

I then spent more of my book tokens in Waterstones. I got "Revelations" by Carol Berg, the next two in the series by Ian Irvine that I bought the first one of last time and the new Simon Schama book "A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603-1776".

Came home and vegetated, had a very plain dinner and were in bed by 2130 coz we were both still a tad unwell.

This morning we were up at about 0830, and still didn't manage to leave the house to go food shopping till about 1300. But we did lazy things, and then after shopping (including getting stuff for ginger snaps) we had lunch. And then did a few chores, and I read most of my thesis. I'll have to read the other two chapters tomorrow night, and start sorting out papers to read.

We've abandoned the casserole we had planned for dinner, as we've eaten too many ginger snaps. So we'll just shove a pizza in the oven later.
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