Thursday, 23 September 2010

Balance and biscuits?

What happens when a crumb becomes a trail and that trail leaves you feeling empty and lost? Remember Hansel and Gretel? In brief, a Mother most horrid abandons her two children in the dark woods, the children with no stones to guide them home, throw crumbs instead! And crumbs! The crumbs get eaten. The Candy covered oasis in the middle of the woods beckons, where they're tricked by a wicked witch (you guessed right, the Mother!) and of course good conquers evil, aurevoir Maman, and they live happily ever after. Returning to their father, they live off the Witches wealth! Poor Mother, she could have done with a cup of chamomile tea and a good heart to heart!!

The moral of the story – don't rely on crumbs, or perhaps things that look nice don't always nourish, in both company and food. Either way, it makes for a colourful and thought provoking fable. Hunger comes in many different guises, and when balance and hunger meet, satisfaction follows suit. When cravings guide, balance falls flat and an endless maze ensues. 

I have a little saying, Balance is never found in the biscuit tin. However, when the biscuit in question is a delicious creation of homemade deliciousness, baked with fine ingredients and crafted with your very own special touch, well it’s a whole different story.
You’ll find calm baking these, they’re best accompanied by a lovely cup of your favourite tea, and a dear friend. Turmeric gives these joys a beautiful bright colour and pleasant after taste, also with its antiviral properties, lightly laced together with antibacterial cinnamon, they'll help keep colds at bay.

An interest in food is an interest in life and health. Balance is one of my favourite words and feelings. Anything too extreme; tips the scales and causes dysphoria, uh oh not welcome, if you please. Beauty and balance seek understanding and honesty, when baking choose ingredients well, take pride in your choices. I use buckwheat flour in this recipe, for a wheat free alternative, though wholewheat flour is fine too. I also use sweet freedom in place of refined sugar, it contains no goodness, only empty calories and your dear body is left to compensate, using up essential nutrients from healthy cells to metabolise this treat. For a more detailed explanation follow this link

Tick tock!
Special tipInvest in a timer, woe betide all that effort goes to waste, many the time I've seen the change from golden crunch to burnt out rock ;-)

When I bake a biscuit I choose the best ingredients that I can find, and enjoy sharing them with lovely friends. Modern life may sometimes leave us frazzled, so get out your apron and find harmony in your kitchen, a place of wonder, whoever is lucky enough to share it will be over the moon! Now there’s another story . . . 

Feeling Food Kookies!

Makes 10 biscuits

Buckwheat flour 60g
porridge oats 60g
baking powder 1tsp
turmeric 1 flat tsp
cinnamon 1/2 tsp
sweet freedom 60g  
Butter 60g
Milk 1 tbsp

PRE-HEAT oven to 180'/ gas 4.
MIX buckwheat flour, oats, baking powder, turmeric and cinnamon in a bowl.
MELT butter, sweet freedom and milk in a small saucepan.
POUR into bowl and mix everything well with a wooden spoon.
SPOON dsp dollops of the mixture onto a non-stick baking tray/ or one lined with baking parchment.
SHAPE into shape of your choice.
BAKE for 10-12 minutes.
REMOVE from oven and leave to cool on tray for five minutes.
SHARE with friends.


  1. Am loving the whole touchy feely view you put to process of shoving stuff into our mouths, perhaps one of the reasons we all feel insane is we have forgotten to enjoy preparing and eating food?

  2. I love this blog! Well done Sinead, you make it all sound not just easyt, but important, and you are right. In the fast moving world we need to take time to slow down and smell th cinnamon. look forward to more xx

  3. Lovin the blog Sinead! When can I come round for some of these delicious treats??? I would love to try cooking them but my oven is not working:-(xxx
    ps. I have some catching up to do on the blog's not been on facebook recently. Ang xxx

  4. These are a delight to make and truly simple, which is the beautiful thing! Thank you for reading about my Kookies! Do let me know if you make them and how they work out. Angie, get David to fix that oven! Winter nights beckon. xxx


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