Domestic Goddess my arse!

These are the recipes I'm good at... quick, simple, out of the store-cupboard and onto the plate fare. I never spend more than 30 minutes faffing in the kitchen. So there.

This will be my recipe & homemadey remedy diary.

If you have those 'OMG! It's lunchtime and all I've got is a parsnip and a packet of boil in the bag rice.' moments, then you're a kindred spirit and you know that bad planning is often the mother of great food. So welcome to fast slurpy soups and 'really?' salads made from what's left in the fridge.

Never, ever believe there isn't something wonderful to make from the last 3 ingredients in your kitchen. Unless those ingredients really are fairy liquid, eggshells and dead flies.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Megsie's Shortbread - For Christmas and beyond...

I have many friends who are complete Goddesses in the kitchen. Megsie is an Australian Kitchen Witch - Check out her fantastic natural lifestyle blog Accidental Earth Mother >> Megsie has been making these little beauties for years, she claims she found the recipe in Aunty Barbar's Sunbeam Mixmaster Cookbook from 1961 - as she says... they are vintage gold.  

Dearly beloved we must gather together:
7 oz/ 200g butter
2 1/4 cups or 300g plain flour
1/2 cup or 65g corn flour or rice flour or potato starch
1/2 cup or 65g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Who'sa what now?
1. Beat butter and vanilla until soft on low speed. (If you are a lazy Maisie using equipment - otherwise get a kid to do it.)
2. Add icing sugar gradually on low speed. (Hmm now I'm thinking you might need yer magimixitupgood machine).
3. Increase speed and beat until light and creamy.
4. Fold in sifted flours on low speed.
5. Turn onto lightly floured board and roll out to 5mm thick (1/4″)
6. Cut with cookie cutters or cut into strips
7. Place on greased tray
8. Bake in barely moderate oven for 15-20 mins or until very light golden.
9. Cool and decorate.

Megsie's favourite addition to these gorgeous Shortbreads is dark chocolate, she makes them with heart shaped cookie cutters and dips one side in chocolate - which sounds like a damned good idea to me. Just enough time to make a few batches of these in time for Christmas.. y'all.

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