Monday, 29 November 2010

Advent Calendar.

Christmas is without doubt my very favourite time of year, I love everything to do with it! Lets start with advent. Since I've been young, every year, rather than having a shop bought calendar with a chocolate for each day, there has been a riddle of some sort, which will lead to a small present hidden somewhere in my house. My mother always claimed it was the 'elves' that made it. Sadly, those 'elves' had the same handwriting as she did. This year, apparently, me and my sisters are far too old for that. So I decided I'd make myself an advent calendar, with a gingerbread biscuit for each day.

700g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g butter
350g soft brown sugar
2 egg
8 tbsp Golden Syrup

Heat the syrup, sugar and spices. Add butter to hot mixture and let it melt, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to cool. Add the eggs, flour, and soda, and carefully mix, making sure there are no air bubbles. Let the dough stand for the night in a cool place.
Preheat the oven to 200 °. Cover a surface in flour, and roll out the dough into a 3-4 mm thick circular shape.

 Cut the dough into various shapes using cookie/pastry cutters. Bake the gingerbread for 7-10 minutes, depending on their thickness. Keep an eye on them as they can go from golden to black in a matter of minutes. Let them cool and ice. I then drew up what I wanted each biscuit to look like, it makes icing a lot easier!

Personally, I tend to use ready made icing for details, purely for simplicity and less mess. But, you can mix 125g icing sugar with one egg and a few drops of lemon juice, to make a more viscous icing which is easier to decorate with.

I know there are only a few days until advent starts, but hopefully some of you will take inspiration and make your own gingerbread advent calendar!

Love Jenni xxx

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Pippa Whitaker.

She's completely crazy at times, her claws hurt like a bitch, she chews my fingers like no tomorrow, but she's so adorable none of that even matters.

Jenni xx

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Girl with the Flask.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I live on tea and coffee. I have awfully stained teeth because of this, but, its just too good.

I was waiting at the bus station and a girl, who was maybe 18 or so, comes up to me, and our conversation went a little like this:

Girl: 'Excuse me, girl with flask, why do I always, and I mean really often see you in Kingston, with a flask? I mean, I saw you last Tuesday, here, with a flask, on Saturday, with a flask, and now, today, with a flask.'
Me (being super weirded out): 'Err, I like hot beverages,'
Girl: 'Fair do's' - and walks off.

This does just confirm how much I love tea, and coffee. A lot.

Also, if you take your own flask to Starbucks, you get 25p discount for helping the planet. I personally mainly only drink English Breakfast- its got to be Yorkshire Tea, and Peppermint tea, but I'll drink any coffee with open arms!

'The flask'. Bodum, £12, John Lewis

I also got a little kitten, her name is Pippa and she is 12 weeks old and is just the cutest thing in the whole world. Now blogger isn't letting me upload any more photos, so I can't show you her! I will definitely in my next post!

Jenni ♥