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Pizza Biscuits

I realised today that my hand-scrawled recipe notes for these family favourites were fading so badly that they were becoming hard to read.   Time to commit to a more permanent form of storage….

Mini ChefThere are two variations noted here – the second born out of necessity when I realised, too late, that I’d run out of tomato puree.  Version 1 uses oregano and tomato puree, version 2 – red pesto (no oregano).  I’d go with version 1 first but hey, give it a go and see what you think.  My baking in this is not an exact science so don’t get in a sweat if you don’t have 12 or 18 bics and use your eyes, nose and touch to confirm cooking times in your own oven, especially as, in my experience, all ovens seem to have their own foibles.

(Children love these biscuits so it would be a good opportunity to get them into baking by helping out with the whole making process).

Here we go:

Ingredients (to make approximately 12 to 18, using either a 2-1/2″ or 3″ pastry cutter)

150g (6 oz) flour

100g (4 oz) well-flavoured strong cheese, finely grated (I often use Edam).  Don’t be lazy – buy and grate your own for best flavour.

100g (4 oz) margarine (or butter)

1-1/2 tablespoons of tomato puree (version 1) OR Version 2: 2 well-rounded (generous!) teaspoons of red pesto (I used Sacla ready-made) and if using, you can leave out the oregano

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard (i.e. English mustard powder)

1 egg, beaten, to bind and to glaze

Salt and pepper to season

Method

To bake on the middle / top shelves of the oven.  Oven on at 200C / Fan oven 180-190C / 392F / Gas Mark 6.

Sieve flour, salt, pepper and mustard together.  Add oregano (if using – version 1).  Rub fat into the dry /flour mix.  Add the grated cheese and the tomato puree (or pesto).  Add sufficient beaten egg to form a pliable dough (you may not need any if using pesto).

Roll out pastry to about  3mm  or 1/8 inch thick and using a 2-1/2 to 3 inch cutter, shape biscuits.

Arrange on a baking tray, prick well, glaze with beaten egg and bake.

2-1/2 inch biscuits will take approx. 18 – 20 minutes.  3 inch bics take about 20 – 22 mins.

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These are delicious ‘as is’ but you could always treat them like tiny pizza biscuit canapes and top with a little cream cheese / ham / pineapple / tomato, or sprinkle with paprika pepper.  Let your pizza brain get creative!

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Old charm and Easter wishes

MTarrant, 2I’ve said before here that I love old graphics and amongst other things have quite a good collection of old postcards.  I think it was such a charming practise, to send one another postcards, not just to wish seasonal greetings but even just to say hello, enquire after someone’s well-being or express how much you enjoyed your recent get together.  For me part of the joy of collecting postcards is in reading those lovely messages on the back.  It’s such a shame we no longer take the time to do this – emails and texts just don’t do it for me and certainly won’t stand the test of time.

Interestingly, many of the great illustrators were women, at a time when most of us imagine that women were very centred around the house, bringing up baby.  The graphics here are by well-known illustrator Margaret Tarrant.  Her work is much more detailed than the cards I usually collect but I love it all the same, probably because it reminds me of book illustrations from when I was a child. (There again, Sponge Bob Square Pants can’t hold a candle to these beautiful old illustrations, which were pieces of fine artwork in themselves).

I’ve picked the one below because it has an Easter feel to it and I’m wishing friends and contacts here on the web a very safe, happy and peaceful Easter weekend.  Whatever your faith, may your God go with you.

M.Tarrant, 1

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Cadbury's wackiness

Here’s a glass and a half of full cream Cadbury’s wackiness. I particularly love the little girl’s face.  🙂

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