Monday, 13 September 2010

Shortbread.

I started making shortbread long ago, I think the first time I made it was as a gift for my mum, for mothers day, I think? I don't know where I got it from its just kinda always been in my head. Anyway, I love this recipe, it so easy!

Ingredients:

100g Plain Flour
100g Cornflour or Barley Flour
100g Butter
60g Caster Suger- I use Golden, purely by preference.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking/cookie tray with greaseproof paper.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using your fingers. At first they will form soft breadcrumbs, but after a while, a dough will be formed.

Knead the dough into a smooth ball and gently press and roll it into a round shape, about 1cm thick. 
Cut shapes from the dough using pastry cutters and place on the prefered backing tray. Using a fork or a scewer pierce the shortbread to form patterns on the surface.

Place in the oven and back for 20-25 minutes or until light golden and firm to the touch.

Enjoy!
Jenni ♥

Sunday, 12 September 2010

9/11

With a high interest for history, politics and current affairs, 9/11 came today with more formality for me than as usual. On Saturday mornings, I attend a Finnish School from 10am-12pm. It came as a shock when my mum, the headteacher, hadn't even thought of doing a moments silence for those 3000 people who died nine years ago. So, after realisation, my mum called for each classroom to take a minutes silence at 11am.

The subject spoken about lightly when meeting up with friends, but I didn't really start to think about it until watching 9/11: State of Emergency at 9pm on Channel 4, http://www.channel4.com/programmes/911-state-of-emergency available on 4OD.

The programme was tear provoking, with interviews with Condoleezza Rice, survivors, witnesses and heroes.





I then watched the second half of United 93, an excellent reenactment of the days traumatising events, focusing on the United Airlines Flight 93, hijacked and headed for Washington DC, which, with passengers help and extreme bravery was crash landed. An excellent documentary, and insight to those passengers mind and thoughts.










I then finished the evening by watching Remember Me, its not a film a want to spoil by telling you its relation to 9/11 but my word, it is my favourite film. I'm still crying. I recommend.



Any thoughts? Agreements? Did anyone watch any of these or give thought to those that died?


I started writing this post on 9/11, its now 9/12, I guess I fail.
Love Jenni xxx

More foodie posts will follow hopefully!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Restaurant Review: Adesso

I have recently decide to start writing restaurant reviews, though I am no critic, but hopefully you might enjoy some of my recommendations. My reviews will mainly be near around Richmond/Kingston, in south-west London.

Adesso
Adesso- Italian Eatery. 24 Hill Rise, Richmond, London, TW10 6UA 
Tel: 020 8940 5544

This small sicilian-italian restaurant brings an authentic touch to Richmond town centre. The service is excellent, and often there is a live performer singing or playing an instrument. On my birthday, the whole restaurant sang me happy birthday! The staff are very passionate about food, recommending drinks and deserts to comply with your main. All reasonable priced and fulfilling. The menu could be more diverse but chefs are willing to alter recipes.


I recommend the 'Spigola a Missinisa', a fillet of sea bass served with a black olive, caper, cherry tomato and oregano sauce. Simply delicious.

A School Girls Lunchbox Rating: 4/5

Love Jenni x