Finally, the last of the Christmas gingerbread men has now been devoured.
These were great to make with the children as the dough was very forgiving and could be rolled out many times over without falling apart. At the time I felt I'd made far too many of the things and we did get rather fed up eating them, however, they remained fresh and crunchy inside their tin and still tasted good when they were rediscovered earlier this month. (Recipe from Bake by Rachel Allen).
Continuing with the baking theme, this is the first year I have actually remembered to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Admittedly they were of the Scottish variety but nobody here minded. Pancake and crumpet terms can be a little confusing - in Scotland what we call pancakes are small and thick (called scotch pancakes or dropped scones elsewhere) whereas our crumpets are larger and thinner, and the very thin pancakes normally associated with pancake day we'd probably call English pancakes or crepes.
More food! I was very lucky in a prize draw held to promote Fair Trade and won a fantastic hamper full of goodies. Lots of chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar and honey, yum!
I was also lucky to find Feast in a charity shop for£5. It's been on my wanted list for a while. It's a lovely book to browse and I've already made a couple of things from it (ham in coke & parsnips with maple syrup) so I'm pleased with it.
Another lucky charity shop find. Brand new and only 50p, Snapdragon has a lovely blog here.
It's a bit of a random catch-up post I'm afraid. I've been busy recently with orchestra events - we were hosting players from the Leipzig Academic Orchester, Germany and we've had three rehearsals, a ceilidh and a concert all this past weekend.
We also had snow! This is it just starting to fall before I left for one of the rehearsals.
We ended up with around 3" - enough for a spot of sledging in the park, the above photo is of hubby & A heading home after the sledging.