The beloved Paige, the other half of this blog, and I are once again reunited after a year and a half, which is rather spiffing truth be told. As I am on crutches, and somewhat less mobile than normal, we have been doing a lot more at home sort of things. Thanks to my mothers green fingers the garden is looking gorgeous and we have spent a lot of time sitting outside enjoying the weather.
Another thing we have done together is a cooking afternoon, hence the title of this post. Having seen all the tea inspired recipes swimming along over on pinterest and throughout the blogosphere I firmly insisted that we must do something tea related. This is actually a rather strange desire as I really don’t like tea and my family as a whole drink very little of it – however, I was convinced and Paige duly nodded along. After a quick google we decided that the best way to add tea to our biscuits was to infuse it with water or milk and add this to the recipe.
But what recipe to use? A flick through the family favourite Be-Ro cookbook later and we had decided on the oatmeal recipe. We steeped a lemon and ginger tea bag in the milk and left it to infuse while baking some yummy ginger biscuits and bread. When we got to making the oatmeal biscuits, you could definitely smell the aroma of lemon and ginger, so we were fairly hopeful that we would be able to taste the tea.
And we could! It is a background flavour for sure but it definitely lifted the oatmeal taste (especially as we had used wholemeal flour as well) and is a lovely addition. However, a few days later the taste has lessened somewhat, so I recommend eating them fairly sharpish. The only other thing about this recipe is that it came out quite dry, so next time I think I will reduce the amount of oats and add some raisins to add in some moisture. I will post the recipe when I have tried this out.
I had a shots worth of spiced gold run leftover from a very drunken night out over the Easter holidays. I decided that a mojito would be a perfect way to use this up, despite the recommendations saying to avoid the dark/gold rum. It worked fairly well, although I think I might have over minted it slightly (fresh mint smells sooooooo good though!). I think next time I will try and get hold of some white rum and see what difference it makes, as the drink has a quite sharp, bright flavour (but I’m not entirely sure which component is causing that.
The mojito reminds me so much of when I was living in Edinburgh. A friend and I went on the 13 mile walkway of Leith walk, which I would highly recommend – it is a corridor of (mostly) green and beauty in the midst of a city – and we ended up in Leith around 9pm and collapsed at a lovely bar for a well earned mojito and basket of chips.
I had the (somewhat dubious) pleasure of being on the theology summer ball committee this year. In all honesty, this wasn’t a onerous as it sounds, as the initiator had most of the difficult things already organised (venue, catering etc.) so the rest of us were mostly just around for last minute panics and decorating duties. These panics however were, as expected, fairly major and ranged from not having a tech for the band until the day before to five people dropping out on the morning of the event, resulting in frantic phone calls to friends to fill up the places. This was especially necessary as the event was not quite as well attended as hoped so we needed all the people who had signed up to come to break even.
Thankfully, having a broken leg somewhat excuses one from running around in a mad panic so I just spent a lot of time sitting around making paper cranes (see previous post) and tying them onto twigs. It was decided at the last minute that the colour scheme should be the hitherto unheard of (seriously, a friend is on the exec and did not know this) theology society colour of purple, so having made numerous cranes I then had to make 35 or so purple and white origami cranes. However, everything did pull together in the end, the venue looked fabulous and we all had a great time. I have a few pictures of the decorations and I might add more in the next few days (any pics I didn’t take are linked to the taker).
I have become a little bit addicted to making origami cranes. All the beautiful strands of origami cranes that can be found on pinterest acted as inspiration and my motivation arrived when my train was delayed en route for two hours. By the end of my by then four hour journey I was a whizz at making the cranes and had even tried my hand at various different sizes to pass the time.
Having been thus inspired, it seemed a natural thing to do to volunteer to make seventy plus origami cranes for the theology summer ball. I don’t really know why, just that I enjoy making them and they are a pretty thing to put on tables. I have since been industriously making them, even being so far as to take a pack of origami paper to the college bar; I should really do a big count of them and work out how many more I need to do but that seems somewhat too organised for me.
I think there are so many things you could do with them. I decorated my pinboard with them (I would take a photo but I cannot currently climb up to my room) and want to make some into earrings as well. I’ve also been sending them off to various friends in the post. They are very easy and if you fancy giving them a whirl there are loads of tutorials online (this one has a video and readable instrucions for all learning types). If you end up like me and start making origami cranes out of napkins, you could always send some to Cranes For Hope who send strings of them to people who are facing difficulties.
Ta-ra for now,