A month of A-Z

L is for Lemon and Cardamom biscuits thanks to the Hairy Bikers.

I made these last week – it’s a simple, no fail recipe and they are delicious.

Ingredients

– 225g softened butter

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • 250g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 tsp ground cardamom or 1 heaped tsp cardamom seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.

2. Using an electric hand-whisk, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy.

3. Beat in the flour, almonds and cardamom until the mixture is well combined and comes together to form a stiff dough.

4. Roll the dough into 24 balls and place 12 on each baking tray – make sure you leave space between each one.

5. Press each cookie with a cookie stamp or the bottom of a glass to flatten and leave decorative indentations in the dough.

6. Bake a tray at a time for 12–14 minutes until the cookies are pale golden brown.

7. Leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. They will crisp up as they cool. Store the cookies in an airtight tin and eat within 7 days.

M is for Mint and Mermaids

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Foggy London, a mystery, a mermaid… I haven’t started this book, but I can’t wait. It’s just gone to the top of my Summer Reading stack and I’ll be turning pages wearing Revlon’s Minted nail polish.

P is for Pom Pom

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If you can make it, the Japanese have a book about it and happily, my arrived today. Can’t  read Japanese, but the diagrams are fantastic. Can’t wait to try making the apple.

Q is for quiet

I’m usually a good sleeper, but the other night I just could not get to or stay asleep. I got up at 1.30am and started reading The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe and time turned liquid. I finished the book in the total silence of the sleeping house – almost silent if it weren’t for Toby gently snoring in his basket. I really enjoyed the book, but reading it in the middle of night made it even better.

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