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Friday Food: Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

These are, it has been reported to me, delicious!! I was a tad extravagant and used Dutch processed cocoa (available at the supermarket now) which gives a lovely non-bitter cocoa flavour and couverture dark chocolate from the deli at the corner. You can omit the raspberries or substitute other berries.

The recipe says to bake for 20 minutes but I found they needed 25. It also makes a whopping 18 cupcakes if you use an ice-cream scoop as the measure.

I used Barbara Lowery's chocolate ganache for the icing and just made one batch as she explains. You need 125ml of pouring cream and 200g dark chocolate.

 

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes    makes 18

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups (225g) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (30g) cocoa
  • frozen raspberries

Before you even turn on the oven, place the chocolate and cold water in a small saucepan over a low heat and stir mostly all the time until the chocolate melts and it is all combined. Pour into another container and cool.

Chocolate and water melted together
Preheat the oven to 160*C. Cream the butter and sugar until it is pale and airy and then add the eggs, one at a time. If you are worried the mixture will curdle, add a spoonful of flour with the last egg.

Cream and add eggs
Sift the flours and cocoa together.

Flour and cocoa
Fold the flours and cocoa gently into the creamed mixture and then add the cooled chocolate and water.

Add dry and wet
Fold in until it is well combined. I used an ice-cream scoop as a meaure for each cupcake.

Lovely mixture use a scoop
I alternate the muffin papers in the tray and fill the first 6, make sure they are pushed down into the tin, and then fill in the final 6.

Into the tray
Push 3 or 4 frozen raspberries into the centre of each cupcake and then bake for 20-25 minutes. The cupcakes are cooked when they spring back to the touch and have come away from the edge. Place on a rack and ice when cold.

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake


No, Not The Vertical Dart

I have made vertical bust darts in the fronts of my Evergreen Vines cardigan. There were several frantic unravellings, but on the whole it went smoothly. I watched the last six episodes of Season 1 of Monk while I knitted. I borrowed the DVDs from the Library. How cool is that??  I like the way the increases and decreases are more or less incorporated into the edge of the lace panels. I used Amy Herzog's Fit to Flatter series information, did the maths and hoped for the best.

Evergreen fronts darts
In other related news I have used my Tax Return to buy some new upper nether garments. I have actually gone down a band size since last time, which means that bust darts are a real necessity, otherwise I would be knitting or sewing something three sizes too big for me.  I am $300 poorer, but it is worth it to be properly fitted and feel comfortable and I have pearl, skin and black to choose from every day. No green..... There are no pictures. Maybe a link though. Not to me, I hasten to add!!

I have new books. This is not all of them as I am reading them in chronological order: Desmond Bagley. One of my favourite authors. I have worn out all my original books, the pages have gone yellow and crumbly. Thanks MrsDrWho!!

Books
It was handy to have The Golden Keel and The Vivero Letter as I went to the doctor at 11am and left at 1:25pm. I made a medical plan with the nurse and then saw my GP. After purchasing the nether garments, I came home and slept till Labradors woke me at 6:10pm. They were hungry even though I bought them a treat at the doctor's surgery. It is RSPCA Cup cake day and they had peanut butter dog biscuits. Peri and Gilly recommend them!!!

RSPCA cupcake day
Peri and Gilly had every opportunity to get thoroughly muddy today. Vandals in cars have driven round and round in circles and turned the grassy areas at the Dam into a quagmire.

Muddy Labradors

Vandal mud
Peri is nice and clean and cute,

Peri wonders if I have a biscuit
and Miss Lorelai Gilmore tries to always keep her coat neat and tidy. She looks a bit worried and I don't know why.

Gilly looks pensive
I cooked some very luscious chocolate raspberry cupcakes last week. I bought real couverture chocolate from the deli at the corner and Dutch processed cocoa at the supermarket, then I pushed frozen raspberries into the centres before I baked them. I forgot to take a photo, but I think I shall make them for my Friday Food. MrsReno gave me a special family recipe for muffins so I've that lined up for the next week. And I have a lovely new cook book to peruse as well!!

Delicious book new
I'd also like to recommend Nigella's Cherry Cheesecake recipe. It needs no baking or gelatine and can be ready to serve in three hours. I didn't use the cherry jam, instead I made a sauce using frozen cherries in an orange and sugar syrup.

And now I have 30 or so rows to knit and then the fronts of my cardi will be finished. I have to think about the sleeves as I want 3/4 length and not the wider short bell style, and as I am still feeling tired I might just start them tomorrow. I have a High Citadel in South America to storm with Desmond Bagley now.........


Friday Food: Chicken and Rice Salad

My next-door neighbour picked up a free booklet at the supermarket. It extols the virtues of herbs-in-a-tube. I eschew herbs-in-a-tube if the label says and imported ingredients, so I used fresh basil and garlic and some leftover chives. I did like the look of this recipe, though not a proper evening meal it's a great lunch or quick tea.

I cooked some chicken thighs in a pan on the stove instead of using roast or BBQ chicken and I already had most of the ingredients. I steamed the zucchini because I don't really fancy it raw. You could substitute any vegetable you fancy. I also cheated and used microwave brown rice. I've been tired this week and so I was beastly careless!!! I would have used whatever mayonnaise I had in the fridge, I just happened to have the coleslaw one at hand.

Brown Rice and Chicken Salad   serves 4

  • 1-2 clove of garlic, grated
  • 3 tbspn finely chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup coleslaw mayonnaise
  • 2 tbspn or so of water
  • 2-3 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 2 tbspn grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 300g of cooked roast or BBQ chicken
  • cooked brown rice (or a 300g packet of microwave ready)
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup diced red capsicum
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced or chopped
  • 100g baby spinach or salad leaves to serve

NB A tablespoon is 20ml.

This is more of an assembling type of recipe, so in a large-ish jug or bowl mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, basil, olive oil, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Add a little extra water to help emulsify the mixture. Add salt and pepper at this stage.

Mixing it all up
Pile the vegetables, the chicken and then the hot or warm rice on top and gentle combine the ingredients. Hands are good for this.

More gentle mixing
Arrange some spinach or salad leaves in a bowl or on a plate and then spoon in the salad and you are ready to go.

Chicken Rice Salad


Boris Smirnoff

I was telling MrsDrWho that my Mum gave me some bottles from her drink cabinet. Hmm, Smirnoff I said? No, that would be Karloff. Along with Pernod Chaney and Midori Lee: two other well know Horror Alcohols.

Alcohol
I believe there are some other bottles lurking at my Mum's house so I look forward to meeting them at Christmas. For cooking purposes.

I finished the back of Evergreen Vines Cardigan. I like the extra lace at the neck. Gilly was helping me. This was the best photo: I call it With Plastic Cuppy.

Evergreen vines back complete
In March Jubbly, MrsReno's dog, chewed my shoe. I have learned to either keep my shoes on, or put them up high. I learned a new thing last night: put your knitting up high. I put my knitting on the stool next to me and Jubbly helped himself to it. He was so quiet and stealthy that no-one noticed. Luckily he didn't chew the knitting he just unwound the balls of wool and hid a needle. I laughed, I've had similar experiences at my house.  It only took an episode of Gruen Planet* to untangle them and wind the balls up again and I sent and email with a photo so MrsReno would know it was no trouble at all really. Jubbly is a rascal pup!!  I have spare needles, so I can get right back to knitting the two fronts at once tonight. I am going to attempt....vertical darts. I may be some time.

Knitting emergency

MrsDrWho is producing, directing etc the school production this year and it is about Australian History. Caroline Chisholm's costume cost $5 from the Op Shop but wouldn't dye. She looked too much like a Disney Princess, so I sewed an over skirt, under pannier addition. I gathered the poplin using a method I haven't tried before. I turned under a few centimetres and sewed it down and then zigzagged over a long piece of sturdy wool. I secured one end and then gathered the skirt along the wool through the zigzags. Very effective. Poorly photographed as usual.

Gathering c c
I think it looks suitable sensible now, but it's very heavy. The actor will have to suffer for her craft.

Caroline Chisholm before and after
I cooked my Friday Food for tea tonight and Peri and Gilly thought it was very fragrant and chased me about while I tried to take a photo. They have cute noses!!!

The Labradors love food
The Rangers or The Hydro have been trying to solve the vandalism problem at the dam. Here's their latest Boys' Carpentry solution to fixing the fence: A Pile Of Big Rocks. It seems to be working.

Boys' carpentry
Gilly and Peri are very seriously considering the problem. Or they are worried there won't be another treat in my pocket. I can't tell......

Gilly and Peri are serious
Oh, we are having a thunderstorm, it will water my plants!! I've spent some of my Tax Return on three Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns on super sale, a blouse and two more dresses. I like the different neck options and non-puffy sleeve heads I can use. I bought the Ashland Dress from Sew Liberated from their Etsy Shop and this is their photo as I don't have the pattern yet. It was a very reasonable $3 postage. And now it is absolutely teeming down with rain. And they've just broadcast a severe storm and wind warning on the radio. We'll batten down the hatches.

New patterns
*Gruen Sweat had an excellent Pitch in Part 4. They asked two ad agencies in Hobart and Darwin to come up with an ad selling their respective states as future Olympic Game destinations. There are a lot of jokes about Tasmania's changeable weather and the fact that the inhabitants might just have two heads. This was used to our advantage!!


"I may be blind, but I have acute 'earing." "I'm not interested in your jewellery, cloth eyes."

Yellowbeard may not be the World's Best Comedy Film, but MrsDrWho and I quote the above dialogue so often that when earrings are exchanged as gifts, the tag simply reads: Cloth Eyes.

Cloth eyes
Lots of lovely earrings in all shades of green and a beautiful green glass necklace from Italy: the Eldest HouseOf brought me a present when she came back from her Italian sojourn!! I am so lucky to have such beautiful green jewellery.

In Car News: my car is fine. Thank goodness, I did feel very relieved. It went to be serviced and passed all the tests and there was not a leak or any damage underneath. I did get a brand new battery as mine wasn't cranking. I just nodded and agreed.

I am almost, almost technologically caught up. I have the wifi, I have the Apple TV and the HDMI cable (Thank you MrsSingapore, MissManga and Young Spawn!!) It's just that the computer doesn't have the wifi thing to click on. Damn. I even have Conspiracy 356 waiting to be accessed along with a wide array of other films and TV shows. I hope that when my computer goes for its One Year Check it can be wifi enabled!!!

Almost technologically caught up......

Here is the plate that The GardyGardeners gave me. You can see the fruit and the tiny leaf border with even tinier flowers around the edge.

Plate
I also have some other new things: cute cupcake biscuit cutter and a leather card holder and it smells so nice (don't read this bit Vegans [??])

1
My lips always feel dry and so I am constantly 'balming' them and I have four new lip balms that make my lips feel soft and moist. And I only took a photo of three of them. Also some gorgeous lace weight Malabrigo from a very lovely Internet Friend. Just because it looked lonely and I love green.

2
My Tax Return is back and so I have bought a new teapot. My lovely flowery teapot has a chip in the spout and I don't want to use it in case it harbours germs. My new teapot was an impulse buy because it was green and only $9-99.

New Teapot
I have also indulged in new fabric to make dresses. It accidentally matches my new cardigan!! Apples and Pears.

Apples and pears
And here's my cardigan, well the back of EverGreen Vines, my Petrea.  I am so happy with it and I love the stitch pattern of Travelling Vines. I've made a misplaced decrease, but it is just going to stay there. I made the waist decreases and increases higher and closer together. I'm also putting a few pattern repeats at the neckline. I think I may finish the back tonight. I was a little worried it would be too small, but I measured it against my last cardi and it is fine.

Evergreen vines back
Some poor, unlucky plants volunteered to come home with me from the shop. There are potato onions, red chives or onions (not sure, see what a bad gardener I am?) mint and flat leaf parsley. I expect they shall not flourish and I will kill them. Peri and Gilly were Very Interested in the unusual dirt, water and plants. They kept getting in the photos.

Gilly and Peri 'help'
Here's a Labrador-less photo. I watered them with some seaweed fertiliser, which I am afraid may be a Labrador magnet.

Volunteers
And here is a Labrador-ful photo. Peri is doing her own thing and Gilly and (her boyfriend) Sandy are doing whatever young people do!!! Gilly is so small compared to Sandy, but she is very fast and so nippy in the turns.

Peri while Gilly and Sandy run

Peri was just waiting to roll in something smelly!!!

Peri is so licky and rolly
The Kind Internet Friend alerted me to the Ribbet photo editing site. It is basically the same as Piknik. Right now there is a free Premium upgrade. I think it has much better collages and I like the Christmas and Easter decorations. It means Peri and Gilly don't have to suffer the indignity of posing whilst wearing a funny hat.

I can vouch for the toastability of the Banana Oat bread. I ate the last of it for breakfast this morning, so it will definitely keep for four days. It was a little moist, but toasted beautifully.

And now I want to finish my knitting and watch more of Supernatural, the TV show. MrsDrWho has lent me the first three seasons and I am well and truly hooked.


Friday Food: Banana Oat Bread

I'm all Hannibal Smith about this recipe: I love it when a plan comes together. This is not the richest, or poshest, Banana bread, but it is the easiest and (I like to think) quite healthy??  I mixed it all in a plastic jug, used my scales to measure the ingredients as I added them, and used up five over-ripe bananas.  And as a bonus, this recipe came with my new Delicious magazine. I used a little wholemeal self raising flour because I wanted to empty the packet.

It is delicious straight from the oven spread with butter and I wish I had some honey to drizzle as well. I plan to toast this tomorrow as I don't think it will keep well. It is slightly moist, but not stodgy at all.

Banana Oat Bread   makes 12 slices

  • 185g tin light evaporated milk (or half a big tin obviously)
  • 3/4 cup (165g) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-5 ripe bananas, depending on their size, mashed
  • 1/2 cup (45g) porridge oats
  • 2 cups (300g) self raising flour

Preheat the oven to 180*C (160 fan-forced) and grease and line a 20 x 10cm loaf tin

Whisk the milk, eggs and sugar together.

Mix wet ingredients

Add the bananas, flour and oats.

Add bananas, oats, flour
Combine thoroughly and then pour into the loaf tin and smooth the top. I sprinkled on a few more oats as decoration. Bake for an hour. The loaf is cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Mix, pour into tin
Slice carefully and serve whilst warm, or later on cold.

Banana Oat Bread
PS I have a new plate. It is very pretty with fruit and a little border, most of which I have covered up with banana oat bread....


Doily, Doily, Give Me Your Answer Do!

I'm half crazy all for the love of you.

I am half crazy in love with my Kind Hearts (and Coronets) Doily. It was finished and ironed, but not starched, because I wrapped it up to give to my mum at the weekend. She liked it and has a pot plant in mind to adorn it.

Kind Hearts Doily 2012
My Mum and Aunt came to visit on Saturday and stayed till Monday. Not in my house, because it is small and full of Labradors!! We dined out each day (sometimes twice), visited the Museum, shopped, looked at iPads and talked a lot. My Mum baked me a cake, a delicious ginger cake, full of ginger in all its forms with lemon icing. Yum!!

Ginger cake
I have been having a Big Worry about my car for the last week. I was at The Supermarket and there was building work. I was driving extra carefully, but a car came out of a row at the right and drove in a wild and wide curve and I had to veer left and I drove over the curb. Normal curb, but it made a big bang. Thereafter I was, and perhaps still am, convinced that my car is broken. I smell fumes when it starts and I have been watching the fuel gauge like a hawk. Is it going down too fast? Is there a leak?? Did I always smell fumes??? These, and many other questions, I can't answer. I wittered on about it to all and sundry. Even MrsDrWho's sister listened supportively via email.

I didn't think I could take it to the Nice Mechanic in case the guarantee was voided, so in the end I rang to have the Two Year Service a month early and the Lady on the phone suggested I use my free Roadside Assist. It was actually The RACT when they came (!!!) I am a member and I still don't know if they will come to a Mad and Worried Woman's Car to assess it. But he looked very thoroughly underneath and under the bonnet and declared it Roadworthy. Still, I will only be happy when it has been serviced.

The Labradors, my K9s, make me happy all the time!!

My K9s
I am so extra tired from doing three things every day with my Mum and Aunt, so tired I can't sleep. This morning I momentarily thought of not going for a walk and as a penance we had an extra long walk.

The weather has been beautifully warm and so Peri has been lying on the decking, sunning herself.

Peri, sunny
I refilled The Paddle Pool with clean water and Gilly has been 'swimming'. You can see her wet footprints. Imagine these on the carpet and the bed. Hmm!! I love them both, even when their feet are wet and muddy.

Gilly has wet feet

After a long consideration, and much reading of the Helpful Notes for Projects on The Ravelry, I have decided to knit Petrea. I am not sure of all the rules about photos, but this is a picture from the pattern which I bought. I took a photo of the photo on my computer screen.

Petrea
I've bought some Heirloom 8ply to match my dress material and knitted two tension squares: one using the 4.5mm needles in the pattern and one with 4mm. Usually I have to go up a needle size but this time I had to go down a notch. I'm calling it The Evergreen Vines Cardigan. I shall make 3/4 normal sleeves, then I can wear it all year round.

Tension squares

I'm going to wait till tomorrow to begin knitting. I am too tired to make a successful start tonight.

And with that I shall endeavour to answer a few comments, finish sopping up the cold cup of tea I knocked over (just missing Peri and because it had lemon in it it smelled naughty and she has gone to bed) and then read for a little while. Then to sleep, perchance to dream!!!


Friday Food: Caramel Chip Biscuits

Caramel chipsSince I found Caramel Chips in the supermarket I have made two batches of Caramel Chip Biscuits biscuits and have a third in mind for tomorrow.

If you have no Caramel Chips I think white or milk chocolate chips would be a happy substitute.

I used dark brown sugar for a really caramel biscuit and I used an ice cream scoop to dole out the mixture and half a scoop per biscuit.

The recipe says to cook them for 15 minutes, but I found I needed 20.

This is such an easy recipe, only two steps really and it makes 30 biscuits. They seem too soft when they come out of the oven, but after 5 minutes cooling on the tray and finally on a rack, they are crackled on top and slightly crunchy.

I can highly recommend them made with some added chopped pecans!!!

 

Caramel Chip Biscuits   makes 30

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 250g packet of Caramel Bits

Preheat the oven to 150*C and grease and line two trays.

Creaming light and pale 

Cream the butter, sugar and egg until pale and light. It took 5 minutes.

Adding the chips

Combine the Caramel Bits and the flour and then fold into the biscuit mixture.

Making and baking

Roll level tablespoons of the mixture into balls and flatten slightly on the tray. Bake for 15 minutes (mine took 20), turning and swapping the trays half way through.

Rest on the tray for 5 minutes and then cool totally on a rack. These will keep well in an airtight container.

Caramel Chip Biscuits


The Moment of Tooth

Our Animal Hospital has a newsletter, a new website and August is Dental Health month and they offered a free check up. I booked Peri and Gilly in to have their teeth checked and then I started to worry that maybe there would be something wrong with their teeth. When in doubt: worry!!

Nurse Bridgette gave them the once over. They were so excited it took till we were about to leave for them to calm down, especially Gilly. She looked at the general colour of their teeth and used a special light to look for plaque. Peri's teeth were 10/10, but Gilly had a tiny pinhead sized spot on the top of one canine, which Nurse Bridgette was sure was just left over from breakfast. They passed with flying colours and each received a Dental Show bag of treats!!

Dental show bag
Nurse Bridgette happily posed with Peri and Gilly for a blog picture!! Look at those shiny teeth. Peri is very proud, Miss Lorelai Gilmore just wants to stop having her teeth checked Now!!!

The tooth fairy
They know me very well at the Animal Hospital. Afterwards they rang and left a message on my phone that said: It's Nurse Bridgette, but there's nothing wrong!!! When I rang back and thanked her for saying there was nothing wrong, she said that they all knew me very well, and said that so I wouldn't panic. They are very kind!!

My friend, Bella'sMum, is a grandmother for the first time. All very exciting and BabyBella is receiving a hat from me, whether she likes it or not!! It is nice to knit for my friends children and grandchildren and I made sure this Aviatrix hat could be machine washed. I love this pattern and I have knitted quite a few of them. Here's my 747 Hat, made in Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots on 4mm needles.

747 aviatrix
My Mum's Kind Hearts (and Coronets) Doily is blocking. The soft cotton was so lovely to knit with. It's ecru and I love the colour more than white. I ended up using five 2.5mm needles. To block it after the crocheted edging, I drew two circles on some fine interfacing and divided it into twelfths. I then pinned it to my stool. It was a Christmas present from MrsDrWho's brother and though great to sit on, it is fantastic for blocking a round doily!! I am not sure I have pinned it out correctly, but because the weather is so cold - there's snow on the mountains 90 minutes away- and there is no Sun, it's drying very slowly. I hope it is dry before Saturday when my Mum and Aunt are coming to visit.

Kind Hearts Doily
I'd like to knit some more lacy things like this, I really enjoyed it and it wasn't hard to do at all. Mind you, starting off with eight stitches in the round was tricky.

Here's my Meret Christmas To Me beret.  I wear this all the time when I walk The Labradors. I was going to do fancy schmancy short rows to make the ribbing at the front narrower, but in the end I just turn it back once so it sits behind my fringe, but still keeps my ears warm. I shall eventually tack it down. This is a good pattern, but the lace is pretty much the same as my other beret. I need a beret change for the next one.

Meret christmas to me

Here is my newest pair of socks- Socks But No Violence- though I only photographed one as the other was grubby from being dropped in the mud.  Just a plain pair of warm 8ply socks. I use the Thuja socks as inspiration. I use 4mm needles and 44 stitches for the cuff/leg and only 40 for the foot. It takes just a ball of wool and an evening or so to make each sock. They are nice and warm for wearing about the house.

Socks but no violence 2012
Although I still haven't finished my You Only Rib Twice Cardigan, I am starting a new one next week. I am not sure which cardigan. I want a lacy Spring cardigan. It has to be 8ply because the colour I want only comes in 8ply.  I'm considering these:

I bought two new fat quarters: owls and sheep, no dogs this time. I am not an owl fan really, but I know people who are and knitters must like sheep!!

New fat quarters

Nestles has new Caramel Bits. I am very excited because I see other flavours of 'Bits' in the wide world and wish for them here too. I baked the Caramel Biscuits from the recipe on the back of the packet and it will be my Friday Food recipe. They were yummy. There is still cocoa in the Bits, but I ate two biscuits, cautiously. Yum!! I can see myself making teeny tiny caramel chip biscuits sandwiched together with home made caramel: even more delicious!!

Caramel chips  very cool
Although they are curled up on the couch asleep, Peri Naughty and Lorelai Gilmore have been running very fast at the Dam every morning. The puddles were iced over this morning and it was so cold. I was rugged up well and had Spinach dog biscuits cut into tiny pieces in my pocket. They run like mad things when I call them to come!!

Hey hey we're the Labradors
I met Harki's Godmother in The Library today: hello to you and Lovely Labrador Honey!!

I met Baby Zoe's grandfather in the Hospital last week when he was going back to work and Baby Zoe's transplant is going well, though some other pesky medical issues are not playing nicely.

At The Arlympics (for that is apparently how you say Olympics) Silver medals are frowned upon, and not good enough for the Powers That Be. I think if you are better than all bar one of the seven billion people on Earth, it is something to be proud of. In fact even being chosen to go to The Olympics is reason to cheer.

I certainly don't think that schools should do more compulsory Sport to supply the Olympic officials here with Athlete Fodder. PE is already compulsory here and in Primary School we have Daily PE, PE lessons, and in Grade's 5 and 6 Friday Afternoon Sport where the children experience a range of sports and are encouraged to develop fitness and good sporting behaviour.

Our Olympic TV coverage is woeful. MrsDrWho is recording some Gymnastics for me and I shall enjoy watching that. Otherwise I have watched almost all the Planet of the Apes movies which were shown on consecutive nights on TV. We are up to the one made in 2000 tonight. They are both terrible and wonderful!!! I've also been napping and continuing to fight off a prospective cold. In fact I think I will put The Labradors' rice on to cook, and then have a little nap right now.

Peri ready for bed under her quilt


Friday Food: Labradors' Spinach Biscuits

I wasn't sure if I would make a Friday deadline as my computer was off being fixed. I suddenly realised it was almost a year old and if I wanted my DVD/CD drive fixed under warranty it would have to be NOW.  I was computerless for 18 hours. Dear Reader, I am addicted to the facility of the Internet. I had the constant, unfulfilled urge to check a pattern, a recipe, who that woman in Vera was and how Would I Lie To You? could be so terribly bad and what was the phone number of the pharmacy at the Hospital??

The computer is back, safe and sound and with a compliment dust and dog hair clean!!!

I saw these dog treat biscuits in the Spring Family Circle. I am so glad they are having more frequent issues.

Quick, easy, healthy, cheap to make and according to Peri and Gilly: delicious beyond belief. They were obedient enough to sit wait while I took a photo and then they devoured the biscuits. They didn't even need a command!!

Biscuit manoeuvres

I can report I still have ten fingers. It's quite hard to snap a photo with one hand, whilst making sure the other hand isn't nipped. Gilly's mouth is full of biscuit and I love her whiskers!!! Peri is ever so careful and delicate.

Fingers, still have 10

I followed the spirit of the recipe: I used the whole box of spinach instead of 2/3 and I used an egg-white instead of water.

Spinach Biscuit Treats for Labradors   makes 15-20

  • 160g (I used 240g) of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 150g wholemeal plain flour
  • 120g rolled oats
  • 3 tbspns Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup of water OR an egg-white

Preheat the oven to 160* (140* fan forced) and line two trays with baking paper.

Ingredients and mixing
Mix all the ingredients together. I actually found my hands worked best of all. I squelched the spinach into the dry ingredients.

Scoops and biscuits
I used an ice-cream scoop to measure out 9 scoops. I halved these and rolled them into balls and flattened them between my palms.

Bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. They will last for 3 days in an airtight container (Ha!! not in our house) and freeze very well.

Spinach biscuits