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Sunday Musings #185

Not only did I fall off the Diet Wagon, I dragged it into the woods, set it on fire and used the insurance money to buy cupcakes.

– Unknown

 

Oh yeah!!

Never mind. I just start all over again the next day.

 

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Monkey Nuts!

Sparky the Squirrel with Monkey Nut 1

Haiku 129

Hunting for treasure

Monkey nuts for a monkey!

Sparky on my stoep

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Sparky the squirrel regularly stops by our stoep and looks for us. When we see him, we throw a few nuts out. He grabs one and immediately runs off to bury it, then comes back for more.

Why do we not leave some nuts out for him? Because a large rat has also been stopping by! 

Sparky the Squirrel with Monkey Nut 2

In the second photo you can see that Sparky hunts for the nut by scent. It is right there in front of him, but he still sniffs it out.

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My long-time followers will notice one very important thing in the photos.

Yes! The stoep is wet!

We have had a little rain lately and even if it only drizzles, it may do so for a few hours, which all adds up. The lawn particularly is very happy!

 

Almond Slice

Almond Slice 1

It was great having my visitor recently, so I could have fun baking again. Here’s another recipe from my Mum-in-law, that’s quick and easy to make.

ALMOND SLICE

Ingredients Base

2 cups cake flour
2 tspn baking powder
1 egg
125g butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
Apricot jam

Almond Slice 2

Method

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and flour. Knead together into a dough. Press into two baking tins. (See photo 2 above) Spread with apricot jam. Or any jam. I used strawberry here, as I didn’t have any apricot.

Almond Slice 3

Ingredients Filling

125g melted butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup oats
1 well beaten egg
1 tspn almond essence

Method

Just add all the ingredients to the melted butter and mix well. Pour on top of the dough base. (See photo 3 above)

Tip: I use less sugar and it turns out fine.

Bake

Bake at 180 C for about 20 minutes, till the top is golden brown.

Almond Slice 4

Enjoy!

My mother had a delicious almond slice recipe, but it uses ground almonds, which are expensive and hard to find here, so I just make this recipe instead.

Many people seem to be allergic to almonds, or almond essence. My one friend is. But no worries. All the more for me!

 

Granny’s Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies 1

I don’t bake much these days, as there’s usually just me to eat it; which is not good! But with visitors I get a chance to fire up the old oven and have some fun.

Cookies 2

The photo above is of the second batch, ready to pop in the oven and below is the first batch, just out of the oven.

You might wonder, in this second photo, why the cookies on the left are so nice and round, while all the others are blob-shaped. Well, the recipe says to roll the mixture into balls and place on the tray. What actually happens is that the cookie dough sticks to your hands like crazy till there is more on you than on the tray! So after my first few attempts (perfect round cookies on the left of the tray) I just spooned out dollops.

Cookies 3

These cookies are really yummy. It’s an old recipe from my Mum-in-law. I still haven’t figured out how you measure half a cup of margarine, but I just guess it!

If you’d like to try them for yourself, the recipe is below.

 

OATMEAL COOKIES

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg – beaten
1 tspn vanilla essence
7 ml bicarbonate of soda
1 1/4 cups of cake flour* (not self-raising)
2 ml salt
2 tspn baking powder
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup oats
1 cup rice krispies

Method

Cream marg and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla essence. Mix bicarb with a little water and add to the mix. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Add coconut and oats to the dry ingredients, then add all to the egg mix and mix well. Fold in rice krispies.

Bake

Place small balls on a greased baking tray.
Bake at 180 C for 10 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

*Everyone in SA uses cake flour and baking powder, not self-raising flour (as I found to my cost when I first came here from UK). In fact, good luck trying to find any self-raising on the shelves. Of course, you are welcome to use it, without the baking powder.