Friday, December 30, 2011

Peppermint Tea Granita

I'd never gotten a granita to work properly before ...
till I realised you have to load it with sugar.

And as long as you're ok with that, I've got the recipe for you. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cookie Swap 2011 - The Delinquent

Well. Here I am - the delinquent.  This year's cookie swap (that I pestered inspired everyone into doing, but forgot to register us, so we ended up doing it on our own) is done. The swapped cookies from Yasmeen, Sherilyn, and Steph are all happily devoured, and my shortbreads were the last to be swapped, with (according to Steph) only 20% breakage.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Brown Sugar Cookies with Chia Seeds and Orange Zest

This is how bad she wants Santa to come ... she'll hold a plateful of cookies while Mummy takes a photo or three ...

Poor kid. Except that she's eaten about half a dozen of them already (not counting the dough ... ) and now she's watching kiddie tv programs at 2 in the afternoon while I sit out here on the computer. Hmmm ... I know. But I have earned good-mummy credits. 

We made cut-out cookies together today. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Have You Heard of Kickstarter?

Well, if you haven't ... today's your day! Kickstarter is an *awesome* idea, about awesome ideas.

People with innovative new business plans post them on the site, and all of us out there in the world can become 'backers' - giving anywhere between a few $$ and mega-$$, depending on our interest and what we want in return. Typically you get the product itself, plus any number of added extras.

I love this site - because it's full of energy and novelty and incredible gift ideas.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Revised Beetroot (Beet) Smoothie with Cocoa

I originally wrote this recipe using beet juice. Recently though, I haven't been juicing so much ... I think it's the mortal fear of having to wash the various implements involved. But I do love the idea of integrating more beetroot (aka beet, for you North Americans) into my diet and my family's.

Which is a challenge, because Robbie detests it. Almost as much as blue cheese.

But beetroot has this amazing synergy when it's mixed with chocolate, or cocoa powder ... making something utterly, indescribably good. Hence, this smoothie was born.

This is the new, revised, juicing-free version.