When the weather is frightful and you’re poor but want yummy things to eat… BAKE!
Rata is pretty great at helping now. Sometimes she can be a bit bossy though – see the wooden spoon on the table? It was quickly demoted. It turned out we didn’t have enough oats for Anzac Biscuits but topped up the measurement with rice flakes (in a little green bag from Healtheries – like cornflakes really) and they were fine. Our new oven, which fails so miserably with cake (raw in the middle, burned on top) coped alright with trays of biscuits. It definitely runs too hot though. A thermometer may sort it out, but then I suspect it is a little wonkier than that. While cooking dinner I noticed it wasn’t as hot as I had expected it to be. I don’t think this is the oven for dizzying achievements.
We also made Date and Ginger Slice from Ladies, A Plate (the Anzac recipe came from there too) and it is really rather good. Frightening amounts of butter in it though. It’s a funny old-school kind of recipe with dates cooked in butter, sugar and ginger, cornflakes mixed through and chilled and topped with chocolate. Nanaimo Bars are still my favourite uncooked slice, but this slice has something about it. It’s fruity and spicy but not in a Christmas cake kind of way.
p.s. I have finished my dress! I will have to take some pictures! Good thing I have had my hair did!