funk

Yeah in a bit of a funk this week, it’ll pass. Still adjusting to living by myself again. Relying on me to feed me and the cat, empty the litter, clean the house, buy the groceries etc. LOL I could go on but that doesn’t make good blog reading! Probably one of my challenges of blogging, what to share and not to share, life is not all roses, but it’s also as hard or as easy as we make it.

So on to crafting. There’s been knitting. It’s getting cooler here in Perth so the frantic winter knit, which probably should have started a couple of months ago when it was stinking hot, has begun.

I’ve just finished Flora for myself. Knitted in a variegated silk (from Emma, can’t find the ballband to show you the yarn) and Habu silk/mohair (from Al at 6.5sts).

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When I’m in a funk I tend to bake, which is a bit of a catch 22 as I want to eat the bake, which doesn’t help my hips! However I made Nigella’s Snickerdoodles. YUM, yum, yum. Ver
y nice straight from the oven and also once they’ve cooled down. Ridiculously easy to make with satisfying results. We won’t talk about how many I’ve eaten! I searched on flickr the tag "snickerdoodle" and was pleasantly surprised by the number of images that turned up.

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Here’s the recipe.

Snickerdoodles

How to be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella Lawson ISBN 0-701-16888-9

250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (EDITED – I used cinnamon instead)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
125g butter at room temp
100g plus 2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180C

Combine flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt and set aside for a moment.

In a large bowl cream the butter with 100g of sugar until light in texture and pale in colour, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Now stir in the dry ingredients until you have a smooth, coherent mixture.

Spoon out the remaining sugar and the cinnamon onto a plate. Then with your fingers, squidge out pieces of dough and roll between your plams into walnut-sized balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and arrange on your prepared baking sheets/trays (you need baking trays lined or greased).

Bake for about 15 minutes, by which time they should be turning golden-brown. Take out of the oven and leave to rest on the baking sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool. (Umm and at this point, you MUST eat a couple whilst they are warm, I just *cough heard that this was a good thing to do).

Makes about 32

13 thoughts on “funk

  1. lisa says:

    i wish we were neighbors because we could help each other out. and give each other nights off from the trash and cats and all those things that partners do. friends should do that for each other. we have missed you. glad you are back. write if you want to chat.

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  2. Alina says:

    I read somewhere that Snickerdoodles don’t actually contain any calories if eaten straight from the oven (same for the fridge). I know what you mean about blogging about the difficult times. Sometimes you want to paint it all as good knits and scones, but we all know different. Well done for writing through it, and I hope you feel better soon.

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  3. MissMeshell says:

    Flora looks WONDERFUL, even better because I’m sitting here in a tracksuit with Ugg boots on plus a scarf and a hotpack freezing my ass off! šŸ™‚ It looks lovely and warm and the colour scheme is gorgeous.
    I know what you mean about the winter knitting rush, but really, who wants to knit when it’s stinking hot?…I bet all the Perthians have left their knitting until now šŸ˜› (I know I have anyway! But in my case it probably won’t get finished until NEXT winter) šŸ™‚
    Meshell xx

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  4. sarah says:

    yum, i’ve never made these ones but will have to try them very soon, made nigella’s biscuit recipe (for cookie cutting) before easter and it was very good! take care xxx

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  5. Miss Dot says:

    šŸ™‚ it is hard to decide what to share, I don’t have a huge readership so I don’t have to worry too much about pouring it all out at times other than not wanting to bore people away. But we do want to read about the person behind the craft. BTW have you tried the cracked wheat kitty litter? it clumps and you can flush it down the loo! I get it from the Cat home in Shenton Park. keep your chin up!

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  6. Kelli says:

    Man, there must be funk in the air this week. I’m with you. Life isn’t all roses — or baking and knitting for that matter. But I really struggle what to share and what to keep to myself.
    My “doughman” returned this week with disasterous results and I’m starting fresh again, again. I so wish I had a plate of those snickerdoodles!
    Here’s to new beginnings and great baking.
    Cheers,
    K

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  7. kelly says:

    sounds as if snickerdoodles are just the thing for a bit of funk… sorry to hear that you’re not feeling fantastic, and like Lisa, I wish we were neighbors so that I could hop on over with a pot of tea and something yummy to snack on. will a virtual hug do any good at all?!?

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  8. di says:

    Funkee I say. Your flora looks lovely and snuggly.
    And those snicker-thingos… Mmmmm Perfect use of my vanilla stash!

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