Hormone-laden days : check.
Sick baby : check.
It's been a pretty good
Let us not dwell on the negative, there are worse things in life than not getting enough sleep and feeling like a wired zombie with a blocked nose and itchy eyes.
But there are better, happier days too. Like the days when you are planning a cozy tea time with lots of dainty goodies to share and you look at your freshly planted spring flowers and rejoice about the new season
For those days, I have made good use of this book :
Ladies, a Plate by Alexa Johnston.*
I'm sorry this post has started with bad language because there's nothing bad to say about this book, it is a treasure of old-fashioned, in a good way, recipes from New Zealand housewives who published them in community cookbooks, books sold to raise funds for local projects. And the author has lovingly adapted, introduced and photographed each of them. There's a lot of good, tried and tested recipes, some social history and love in this book.
I have already baked quite a few of the recipes and present you today almond fingers and ginger crunch. Ginger crunch is very NZ and I thought I wouldn't like it because of so much ginger in it, but it is truly delicious, sweet and spicy, very crunchy and surprising. Nestling against the scones is Louise, which I have already mentioned a couple of posts ago.
The scones are from Orangette and they are also pretty good!
These are called gypsy creams, they're golden syrup biscuits united by some melted chocolate. They're nice and caramelly, but for me they miss the appeal of the other biscuits somehow and have been abandoned in the tin for too long now.
This book allows me to do some armchair travelling and daydreaming about New Zealand without leaving the kitchen. In a way, I am grateful because autumn is starting there and once I am over my hay fever time, I can relax and enjoy the summer here at home.