Hello! I’m back! The Centenary Games are all over but the shouting (alas, there is quite a bit of shouting still), and I am actually getting to do things like come home from work on time and then SLEEP. During which time I dream about the Centenary Sports Carnival and its controversies, but hopefully this too shall pass.
One of the more unfortunate side effects of not being at home much for months and months and months and not being in any fit state to think or do anything creative when I was has been the insane buildup of random stuff all over my kitchen. I am too terrified to tackle the pantry just yet, but today I went through the fridge and started going through the mess on the benchtops and kitchen table.
The result? The discovery that I had about twelve open packets of nuts of various varieties in numerous degrees of fullness, as well as an inordinate amount of butter and the last little bits of a truly ridiculous range of chocolates (some from Easter, some from Christmas, some from zombie Catherine making ill-advised purchases when there were specials at the supermarket).
Obviously, the only response to this situation was a nut- and chocolate-centric baking frenzy, and so this afternoon, I have made four kinds of biscuits, three batches of my brownie packet mix (each featuring a different collection of chocolate odds and ends), and some rather decadent-looking raw chocolate lava cakes that will be tonight’s dessert.
(And now I have no desire whatsoever to make dinner, for some reason. Who would have imagined this?)
Anyway, the good news for this blog is that three of those recipes were brand spanking new ones (where on earth did that saying come from, anyway? I have a feeling that if I try Googling this, I’m going to see things that I cannot unsee, so I think I’d better leave well alone), which means that you have three gluten-free biscuit recipes coming soon to this blog. Huzzah! And one of them is vegan! Double huzzah!! And two of them are really, really easy, fast ones, too! Triple huzzah!
Yeah, I’m a little manic right now. Hi!
These biscuits fall into the super-easy category, once you find the strawberry gum in the first place. This is an Australian native ingredient – a eucalypt with a strawberry scent to it. I got mine from Peppermint Ridge Farm, who visit a number of Farmers’ Markets around Melbourne. Herbie’s Spices also stock it, though I think their herb had a milder flavour than the one I used. I recommend adjusting the recipe to taste – it tastes pretty much the same uncooked as it will cooked, though the herb fades slightly in the oven.
I’m super happy with this recipe. It tastes like nothing I’ve ever baked before, and it is both simple and delicious. Also, the biscuits come out an attractive shade of pale green. I think I’ll be using these in my Christmas hampers…
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100g almond meal
1-2 tsp powdered strawberry gum leaves (check the taste before adding the second teaspoon)
50 g sugar