Baketastic Biscuits!

1. Dear Heather.  Still not registered in Australia, so screw you.

2. I've been baking Chocolate Biscuits!

3/4 Cup Caster Sugar
185g Butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 Egg
2 Cups Plain Flour
1/4 cup cocoa

Preheat oven to 180 C
Beat Sugar, Butter & Essence until light, and creamy
Beat in the egg
Sift the Flour and Cocoa over the top and stir in with a wooden spoon.

Once it's all mixed in nicely, you've got options.

You could roll it out and cut it or, if you're like me and don't have a cookie cutter.  (plans to remedy that, btw) Roll the mixture into balls like so:

Flatten them with a fork:

Sorry, couldn't help myself there… teehee
Ahem, they'll wind up like this:

Bake 'em in the oven for 10-12 minutes and put them on a wire rack to cool immediately after they're cooked.

I'm in the process of experimenting with different icings to put on to make "sandwiches" out of them.  I tried to do a turkish delight version last night, but Rosewater essence doesn't work for that, unfortunately.  I'm thinking maybe orange?  But they're really nice as is too.

Enjoy!

TFC – I haven't tried brown sugar in these – let me know if it's worthwhile 😉

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Baking Beautiful

Hi Everyone,
Today, I finished making this incredible awesome undescribably yummy licorice slice
From above:

From the side:

Yes, those are chopped licorice allsorts.  It's terrible re: waistline, but oh my god so good re: taste-time

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QotD: Stress Case

People do many different things to cope with stress, loss, and "bumps in the road". How do you handle stress and hard times? 
Submitted by RedlyGal

It depends, Stress tends to go hand in hand with eating of (usually sweet) yummy things, (but sometimes nice cheese+Bikkies)

Stress also tends to result in me playing computer games, almost invariably eating into the time I'm supposed to be doing the thing I'm stressing about, which stresses me out more… it's a vicious cycle

loss… that's a tough one… I think I usually just cry and/or talk about it.  I try to process feelings as they come in, although some people will tell you that I'm not very good at that at times… but with loss, I'm usually not bad.

hard times… Food is a staple.  That's also when I tend to go to the beach, (there's one right near me) I walk, and listen to the water, and think, and listen, and walk. It's peaceful.

bumps in the road, probably all of the above, barring the loss stuff.

for all of them, I'll sing.  I have a decent voice, and a good range, so when the chips are down, I tend to listen and sing along to Evanescence, coupled with some McFly for balance.  and if it's stress, then I listen to some Lamb and some Ani (some of her songs are just fun).  If I have anger issues, it's Ani DiFranco or Evanescence.  My mood always influences my listening decisions. and my listening decisions influence my moods

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