It is COLD ( -8 C last night here) and it will get even colder, when the "Beast from the East" (as the weathermen call it (a very cold weather from Siberia) hits our part of the country, probably tonight or tomorrow.
It has brought lots of snow to many parts of UK already.
Time for hot soup and some home baking!
I haven't done any "proper" baking since Christmas and our biscuit jar has been empty for some time; it is time to put something in it!
These are quick and easy biscuits to make.
Besides vanilla I also add some cardamon, to spice them up a little.
The prepared dough is made into a roll, covered with a cling film, then chilled in the fridge.
In the meantime I start preparing the bread.
I usually use the same recipe, but I like to experiment with various mixes of flour, adding some seeds or nuts.
Little kneading ( I know there are all sorts of machines around to do that, but I like to knead my bread by hand).
Cover the dough with my patchwork "baking cloth" and let it rise in the warm kitchen.
While the bread is "doing its thing", out comes the biscuit dough roll from the fridge;
I slice it into rounds, brush with egg white and cover with chopped nuts (I use mixed nuts, not just almonds) and sugar, and bake.
The biscuit jar is full again (for a while, anyway 😉).
In the meantime the bread dough has done very well in the warm kitchen; time for "knocking back" and second rising.
This amount made 3 loaves,
one for now and two for the freezer.
And yes, there was the soup also,
from the freezer, made a while back.
And the kitchen is not only warm, but smells heavenly too 😋.
Sunshine at last and beautiful blue skies the last couple of days; the trade off for that are daytime temperatures hovering around zero......
So, a brisk walk to the shops, and back into the warmth of my sewing room -
to finish another block for Gardenhurst quilt.
I enjoyed making the bird tail in this one.
I don't think I had finished blocks for any other quilt this quickly before, it must be something about this design - fairly simple, but so much scope for imagination.
Applique is definitely my favourite method, for now anyway. It is still a learning curve, I am learning all the time. The next time I will sew so many circles, I will invest in Karen Buckley's Perfect Circles; the prep might take longer, but worth it in the end.