Is it half term already? I am sure the kids only went back to school a few weeks ago. I find February half term to be the hardest of all the holidays.It is still too cold to be out all the time and there is not much else going on, plus you are still broke from Christmas. Well, I am anyway!
Mr M took a week of work last February half term so that we can have some family time.
It rained all week, we spend the whole week doing arts and craft, experimenting and of course cooking.
We found a roll of wrapping paper and tape it inside out to the floor of the kitchen and we created this piece of work using as many different materials as we can.
It has been up on our kitchen wall for a year now, I just don’t have the heart to take it down. Our friends keep telling me to get it frame but it will cost me hundreds of pounds to do so. And I think it looks more homely and more us this way. All rough around the edges….
So what have I got plan this year? I have planned a week in, and if the weather turns nice then it is a nice surprise and we can go out. It is all about meeting the expectation, right?
One of the things I am sure I will be doing is making our favourite cookies. The original recipe is from Lisa Faulkner Cookbook “Recipes from my mother for my daughter”
It was actually this cookbook that inspired me. I wanted my cookbook to have the loved and warmth that Lisa’s cookbook has.
I have changed a few ingredients in this recipe. Not because I felt that it needed changes but because the first time I cooked these cookies I did not have some of the ingredients she used. So me being me and is very good at following recipe….. NOT! I used what I can find in the house.
Then, I did things like “I think I’ll have 2 tsp of golden syrup instead of 1 as per recipe” just because I like to have more of it. I know, I am useless at following recipe, it always amazes Mr M how I have manage to write recipes when I can’t follow them myself.
Because I am bossy and stubborn?
Don’t answer that.
Any way the cookies were great and very easy to make and Emma-Jane loves them. I will definitely be making these cookies this half term no matter what the weather is.
Here is my adjusted recipe.
You will need:
125g, butter, plus a bit extra for greasing
125g, soft brown sugar
2tsp, golden syrup
1tsp, bicarbonate of soda
1tsp boiling water
125g, porridge oats
125g, self-raising flour
Preheat the oven to 160c. Then get your little chef ready
Put the butter, sugar, syrup, bicarbonate of soda and water into a large saucepan and melt on a medium heat. Once malted remove from the heat and add in the oats and flour and stir to combine well.
Place teaspoon-sized ball on to a lined baking tray, leaving space between them as they will spread out. I normally get about 15-18 out of each batch, depending if it is me or Emj that roll them out. She likes to make sure there are enough left in the pot for her to eat.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10-13 minutes or until it has just turn Browns. Cool the biscuits on a wire rack.
And get the approval from your little chef.
Note: English is not my first language. Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors.