in the kitchen









We arrived home from a few lovely days away at Ad's folks place in Armidale, and I ignored the washing, and ignored the hundreds of eggs which Dad kindly collected for us and which now need boxing up, and instead I made stuff in the kitchen. 

I soaked beans for dinner and chickpeas for hummus.

I made the vanilla version of this icecream.

I popped delicious organic popcorn (which stores well for several days.)

I made yoghurt

The kids and I made a butter cake. They wondered who's birthday it was. NO ONES! CAKE FOR CAKE'S SAKE! HOORAY! (Sugar and artificial colours anyone?)

And I made some new bikkies that I hoped might last long enough in the jar to make it into school lunchboxes this week. At last tally there was one left. They've fed family and friends and so far everyone loves them except Ivy. Which is good because she has a pretty typical two-year-old fibre issue, shall we say, and she's banned from all foods except nutrient dense high-fibre fare. We are adding prunes to everything we can think of and waving pear juice at her at every turn. Poor baby. 

No delicious current and spice biscuits for her.




Currant and Spice Biscuits

125g butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1 egg

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour

½ cup currents

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

Cream the butter and the sugars together, then add the egg. Stir through the flours and the spices and add the currents. Mix well. Spoon walnut size balls onto a baking-paper-lined tray and bake in a moderate overn (180C) for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays.

I think it made about 18. If you pull these out of the oven when you have visitors over, don't expect any more than about one left in the jar. They're crunchy and spicy and yummo. And easy to make. And next time they're getting prunes in them.


30 Comments on “in the kitchen

Cassandra Allen
July 16, 2012 at 12:34 am

Drooling at the photos, mmmmm.
Poor little Ivy, hope her pipes are doing what they’re supposed to do soon enough.

July 16, 2012 at 12:41 am

Hi I have been following your blog for sometime now and really enjoying it. I would love to try some of your recipies but I’m not sure how to convert from cup sizes to grams or lbs-ozs any ideas? I’m UK based.

July 16, 2012 at 6:03 am

We just returned from a two-week holiday yesterday (not Scotland sadly, nor Australia, but still very nice!) and I still have suitcases everywhere, not to mention clothes on the line, in a basket waiting to be ironed… but guess what, I really don’t feel like tackling all this stuff, I’d much rather be in the kitchen baking! Poor Ivy, hope she’s well soon. We had a similar, pretty serious situation, quite frightening actually, over Easter. If the prunes don’t do the job – we were told to give her lactulose as a mild laxative. Good luck!

July 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

Hi, I’m in Germany and usually use sites like this one to convert cups etc. So far it has worked… good luck!

July 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hi Sanny, there you go, I didn’t know cup measurements weren’t universal! My apologies. Wiki has a pretty good conversion here which converts the brown and white sugars and flours. Hope this helps. 🙂

July 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

Could I use sultanas instead do you think?

July 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hi Fiona
How do you convert the chocolate ice-cream recipe to vanilla? Just leave out the cocoa?

July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Lactulose works by absorbing more water from the body back in to the gut, so be sure to make sure anybody taking it drinks plenty of extra fluids.

July 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

In the UK we don’t use cups (I think the whole of Europe uses weight- don’t think it’s just us!)

I started converting recipes, but to be honest if you’re regularly reading US and Australian blogs it’s worth buying a set of measuring cups (or checking your measuring jug- some are marked in cups even in the UK).
It saves a lot of faffing around in the long run. 🙂

July 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Delicious photos! Almost licked the screen. If I’m going to procrastinate, my favourite thing to do is cook AND procrastinate. Avoid what you know needs doing and eat yummy things as a result? Win Win!!

July 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Yummy looking photos. Totally agree with you on the cake thing – WHO needs a REASON?! We only have our backyard chooks and still feel like we are drowning in eggs, but that’s just one more excuse to bake another something 😉 lol. The washing will still be there tomorrow…. and the next day!

July 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

mmmmm cake with sprinkles!
pinning those biscuits… they are right up my alley, but we only have sultanas not currents!

July 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Woo hoo…some cake and other treats (much better than dead rabbits!) 🙂 Thanks for the visual treat.

Penny Hannah
July 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Missed you while you were away Mrs.Pickle, so am glad you’re home and producing delicious cakes and biscuits. Why do UK readers get so uptight about cup measurements? I found initially, that a breakfast cup worked just fine – provided one was consistent throughout a recipe. Now, cup sets are available all over the place [even some supermarkets and definitely kitchen shops, not to mention eBay] so there’s no excuse not to enjoy all the cup recipes available worldwide.

July 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

You can make them with sultanas no problem, btw. I did today. They are awesome.

July 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Oh my gosh, I’m drooling uncontrollably!

(Please please please can you tell me what type of lens you are using? Your pics, especially the first one of the bikkies and donut are just gorgeous!)

Hoping your small one feels more comfortable soon.

July 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Yes! And use white sugar, not brown. 🙂

July 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Absolutely! Or dates, apricots, choc chips, all of the above!!

July 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Hi Fiona and Andrea

Thanks for answering my question Re: cup conversion, I have no excuse now I will give some of these lovely recipies ago.

July 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Those biscuits look wonderful!! My 2 yr olds have the same issue often as Ivy…pear puree mixed into everything usually does the trick but if not a little brown sugar in some water gets things moving too although it is a last resort obviously (midwife told me that one and i was sceptical but it works!)My teen really wants to try hommus but i never seem to have much luck with it…any tips? (i know it is simple but it never seems to blend well for me!)Love that you ignored the washing and just baked instead!!!

July 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Made them straight away. Yum yum. Great with a cup of tea while the kids are running feral in the afternoon. Thanks.

July 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

Goodmorning! I love your photos here and have added those currant biscuits to my to-do list 🙂

I also wanted to let you know that I’ve just awarded you with the “inspirational blogger award” because I love your blog and all the recipes you create – keep up the good work! Pop over to my blog to see.
Hope you have a great day!

July 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Those are just awesome, if honey is incorporated? should it be more tasty right?

Nancy in Canada
July 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

@rosieroo – LOL at ‘kids running feral’… that is what I did as a kid, didn’t know it still happened 😀

Renee R
July 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

Made these biscuits this morning. So good!! Thanks Fiona. Love your blog 🙂

July 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Biccies in the oven. Smells amazing. Thanks Fiona!

July 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

I can taste those cookies and I haven’t even made them yet!

July 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Don’t have any comment, just hello.

September 7, 2012 at 5:20 am

Lovely recipe. Sounds yummy! May I ask: what is the ‘mixed spice”? I’d love to try these.

September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

I had to go look it up! And its a key ingredient in my Ginger Twirlys! Its usually made up of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice more here: Hope this helps!


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