A Christmas treat…Gingerbread!

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s the best time of the year, a time when you can bake as much as you want and not feel guilty about it. So this year I decided to make gingerbread and oh my gosh they are so delicious and dangerously easy to keep eating.

Now please don’t laugh at my attempt at decorating. I am fully aware that one of my gingerbread men looks like he has had a bit too much sherry. I have no skills in decorating because whatever I make doesn’t seem to last long enough in my house.

I got this recipe from BBC Good Food and it is definitely one that I will keep. The gingerbread is not too sweet and has the right amount of spice. It is also slightly soft and chewy on the inside (if you don’t over bake it) and crisp on the outside, which I love.

They are great fun to make, especially if you have kids. I am a big kid myself so I was quite content making them for myself. So why not give them a go this Christmas?

Get cosy with a nice hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, perfect for dipping your gingerbread man in. All you need now is a classic Christmas movie, some warm socks and someone else to do the dishes. After all, this is the time to relax and treat yourself. But don’t eat too many!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for reading and have a lovely holiday!

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It’s Food Revolution Day!

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What are you baking this weekend?

I try and find any excuse to bake and I think Easter weekend is the best excuse, especially when it’s ‘for your nieces’. Baking with kids makes this guilty pleasure just that little bit more acceptable don’t you think?

I don’t have kids yet (and yes you will all have to wait a few years still) but I know that I will get them in the kitchen as soon as they can crawl. Ok maybe that’s pushing it a bit but you get the idea. I think teaching children about food is a great opportunity for them to understand what they are eating. It’s also a great chance to get them to try different things, although I can’t imagine giving them aubergine curry straight away. Bless them.

I borrowed my darling nieces to experiment with for my project (no child was harmed in this process). I wanted to show the beauty of young children getting their hands dirty (i.e covered in chocolate cake batter) in the kitchen to show the importance of teaching children from a young age about food. Although I think the most I achieved was getting my nieces a bit hyper on multi-coloured sprinkles. Oh well, the project goes on! And now we have cake.

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