Friday, 18 December 2009

Babs’ Christmas Goodies…

As we are getting ready for our big move (26 days to go today), I am busy packing but let’s not forget Christmas either :) I have always been a huge Christmas fan – I love the spirit, the carols, the decorations around the house, the tree, the presents… and of course the Christmas baking & cooking. This year it’s even more special as it is Bibs’ first Christmas!

I thought I would share some of the yummy stuff that I do and those of my mum as well. I am from Scandinavia and up north we do have a great tradition for Christmas bakes. We make breads, cakes and cookies… it’s good it’s only Christmas once a year!

I’ll start with a new one – it’s the first year we make this, it’s really yummy! kind of a little gooey texture not dry at all. Like everything in my homeland you eat it with butter! Some apple marmalade or even cheese. It’s great to have at home but also to bring with you should you be out and about for the day.

Honey Cake

The portion is huge, but you can keep it for really long – in fact the longer you keep it, the better it gets! – well that’s what the recipe says…

500g Honey
500g Muscavado sugar
3dl water
2 eggs
1kg self-raising flour
2ts ginger (powder)
2ts cinnamon (powder)
2ts cloves (powder)
zest and juice of 2 oranges
250g raisins (or other dry fruits dates, apricots – then cut in smaller pieces)
Butter for greasing / or use banking paper

Warm the honey, sugar and water in a big pot. Let it cool completely (quite handy as there is snow outside for the moment!). Mix all the other ingredients in the pot directly.

Grease the oven proof dish and cook at 150 degrees for 40min. This depends on how thick your cake is. The one on the picture nearly got 2 hours as it was really thick. The cake should just get off the knife (it should still be a little humid) then it’s ready. Don’t leave it for too long or it’ll get dry.
As said you can keep it for weeks – just pack it in food packing paper (pergament paper) or a tea towel.

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Monday, 16 November 2009

Getting ready… it’s so exciting…

I have been waiting for quite a while to start this new blog… we didn’t know where we were going! Tickets are not yet booked, but let’s say 50 days to go… and Amman here we come.
We are lucky (or rather say I am lucky) because we don’t have so much stuff to move – Bib’s bedroom and the rest are boxes of mostly clothes and some kitchen appliances, like our loved Nespresso coffee machine and very important kitchen knifes! All boxes should be clearly marked and you have to produce a detailed inventory for the customs. These have to be packed separately and all shipments are subject to full physical inspection. Special remarks go for CDs, DVDs, books which are all subject to Censorship by the Press & Publications Dept – and unsuitable items will be confiscated. The question is what is unsuitable? Apart from 18 rated x movies (not that we have any of those!!), I don’t really know what to expect?? How much / what is censored in the movies available in Jordan?

And then phones to cancel, lots of stuff to donate, car leasing to end… Beginning of Jan seems so close and yet so far away!

We cannot wait for the move! A new chapter in our little life is starting…

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