Today I delivered my first home-made Christmas gift; to the staff at the veterinary practice who take care of Jack (and me) throughout the year, and have done so for all six years of Jack’s little life.
So what, you may ask? Well, the ‘so what’ is that this is the first time, since the earthquakes, that I have had the energy, and the inclination, to make Christmas gifts for some of the many people in the community who take good care of us throughout the year.
Although I had ‘ energy and inclination’ the baking process didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would, because I foolishly chose to make a pre-earthquake Christmas favourite, raspberry and blueberry friands. It’s an easy recipe, in normal circumstances, but I didn’t expect that, half way through the mixing of the ingredients, I would burst in to tears, overwhelmed by memories of happier times associated with these rich buttery delights. Never the less, I persevered and I was very pleased with the results and very pleased, too, that, after 3 years of non-friand-making, I hadn’t lost my friand skills
What say you? Take a look….
The recipe I used (slightly modified by the addition of blueberries)
comes from Jo Seagar Cooks, published in 2006 by Random House.
Jo Seagar is a New Zealand cooking personality who has a cookery school and cafe not far from Christchurch, in Oxford , Canterbury. She is well known for her ‘easy peasy’ recipes and her cooking motto, ‘ minimum effort for maximum effect’. I like her style !
And I particularly like these bright, forthright words of hers from the introduction to her recipe book : ” I want you to put the flowers back on the table, think of the hen that laid your egg, and remember your mother and put on your apron – it’s not demeaning, it’s there to keep your clothes clean.”
I don’t think she is the sort to cry in to her friand batter ( I actually didn’t let tears drop in to the mixture, in case you are worrying about hygiene ) but one never knows; we all have our moments.
Here are a few more of mine; my better moments.