Here is a picture of Peri's baldness, you can see the big bare-ish patch on the top of her leg. Her hair is falling out by the handful. It's as if the environment gave a signal to the Hair Soldiers to 'Fall out!' so they all fell out at once. She's not actually bald, there is fine new Summer hair. Her Winter undercoat is falling out.
Harki is a much better girl, she's not moulting as much. This afternoon she was very hoppy so I gave her a whole tablet. I am allowed to give her tablets when and if I see fit. Doctor 2paw. Oh and speaking of Doctors, the ABC are allowed to show the BBC Doctor Who Christmas Special early. We all had to wait nine months to see the 2007 Special, but only one month for 2008's. It will be on ABC 1 at 7-30pm on Sunday 25th of January. Hurray!!!
Here is the wall hanging I madefor The GardyGardeners. You can't see the beading but it 'quilted' the panel very nicely.
I also constructed the Leaning Tower of Star-isa: gingerbread stars sandwiched together with dark chocolate ganache.
The Figgy Swirls were meant to have Cranberry Jam, but that's like Hens' Teeth here, so I managed to buy some Fig Jam and away I went. Yes, the Figgy Swirl is pictured on an Easter Bag, that's because my cello bags were too small to fit the ziplock bag of Figgy Swirls. Their only downfall is that they are a bit sticky.
- 250g butter, softened
110g cup caster sugar
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn spice: nutmeg or cinnamon or mixed
500g plain flour
The secret to this recipe is your refrigerator. The dough must be cold, really cold, icy cold in fact!!
Cream the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes until it is pale and creamy. Beat in the eggs and then turn the mixer speed to very low and add the dry ingredients slowly, mixing till combined. Knead the dough very lightly until smooth and then divide the dough in half, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Take half the dough from the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Recipes say to roll it between two pieces of baking paper, so you could do that too, but I like the flour way. Roll into a square, the sides will be 20 or 25cm-ish. Spread jam over the dough, leaving a 1cm border free at one edge. Roll the pastry in the direction of the edge, the 1cm space will be the part that seals the swirl.
Roll firmly, wet the 1cm edge and seal securely. Wrap in plastic wrap, firmly, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Repeat with other half of the dough. My word, there is a lot of firmness, maybe I am Nigella!!
Preheat the oven to 180*C and line the baking trays, these swirls are sticky. Unwrap the dough and using a sharp knife cut off 1cm slices or rounds. Place them on the tray, they don't spread too much and bake for 10 -12 minutes. They will be lightly brown on top, golden brown on the bottom and the edges will be firm. Cool for 10 minutes on the tray and then a wire rack.
You can use any jam, or fruit mince, grated chocolate, the possibilities are endless!!