Tasty tea time treats and the joy of Freecycle

 We have family staying this weekend and they all seem hungry all of the time. I don’t mind as I love to feed them. I made ginger nut biscuits; they are crispy and yet chewy and they burst with ginger. You know me well enough to know that they cost pennies.

Here’s the ginger nut recipe.

10oz self raising flour
7 oz sugar, I used soft brown but any will do.
1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 tea spoons of ground ginger
6 oz margarine
1 tablespoon of golden syrup

Set the oven to 180 degrees centigrade – place baking paper or grease proof paper on two baking trays.

Met butter, golden syrup and sugar in a pan, do not allow to boil

Add all of the dry ingredients so it combines into a very thick paste.

Use a spoon to scoop a pebble size amount of mixture and roll into a ball on your hands, it will feel very oily, it supposed to.

Arrange the small balls onto the two trays, press down slightly.

Place in the hot oven for approx 16 – 18 minutes

Lift the paper off the tray with the biscuits attached and leave to cool on the work surface, still attached to the baking paper.

When cool they will be crispy and hard, eat as soon as possible, best served with a cup of tea.

 I also made a Victoria sponge sandwich, filled with my homemade blackberry jelly. Plenty to keep people going over the next few hours, minutes, seconds until they are all gone. Dearly Beloved sees my baking as an affirmation of how much I love him and takes it very personally if anything shop made comes into the house. Not that I would, the prices of shop bought cake never reflect the quality, meaning they cost a lot but don’t deliver.

 We’ve been really lucky this week with freecycle. I’ve got rid of an old filing cabinet and a hover mower, to people who are glad of them. In return, I snaffled a Dyson, it’s partly working and I think there’s a blockage some where that Dearly Beloved is convinced he can fix. I now have two partly working Dysons and any minute now (please DB?) they will turn into working Dyson.

 We also now have a beech coffee table. I’m looking forward to people coming round for tea or coffee as I have somewhere to put plates of biscuits and tea pots and other such paraphernalia. It never ceases to amaze me that people just throw such things away, but at least they make sure they go to a new home and get used.


12 thoughts on “Tasty tea time treats and the joy of Freecycle

  1. Hey lady, I don't want to piss on your Dyson fire, but surely you would be better off fixing one and selling it on ebay, and then selling the second one for parts, and getting a hoover which is smaller and actually works. I hate dysons! I think they they are rubbish hoovers and are all a con and not worth the money they cost. If you think they work better than your average hoover, then perhaps it was just ours, and my friends that were really rubbish, and heavy, but I have to say I am much happier with the teeny weeny one that cost £30 new and has lasted 7 years. xx love that your DB really appreciates your home cooking. I think it IS an expression of LOVE


  2. Hi ,it,s cottonreel , my friend bluebell posted an easy recipe this week for peanut butter biscuits. so easy and they tasted good , she found the recipe on another blog. Trawl down her posts for about a week ago it will be there


  3. Hi there GSD, my last Dyson cost nothing and lasted 10 years, we bought one, with a perfect carcass and wiring with a burnt out motor and DB will transplant the working motor from our old Dyson into that, I will keep that down stairs for the hard floors. I got the Dyson today, for nothing, it needs a clean out and other than that, it works fine. The little hoover I got as part of the Dyson deal, I will give to my son. I would never pay full price for anything and I usually get electrical goods for nothing from Freecycle….as I did today. I placed an advert, saying my Dyson had died and did anyone have a vacuum they could spare. I got given one today.


  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I love your blog and the recipe for the gingernut biscuits will be copied into my recipe book to use in the future.


  5. Another lovely recipe – many thanks… I always forget top check out freecycle, but I shall be trying is out this week I think, as we need some little camping items to add to our little caravan for water waste and fresh water – fingers crossed


  6. Hi there

    I tried your biscuit recipe today and my biscuits were a little burnt after 12-13 minutes. Is your oven a fan oven? (they still look delicious though).



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