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Albert square

This is a cake-y slice.

1/4 lb butter

1 small C sugar

1 dessert spoon golden syrup

2 eggs

2 C flour

2 tspns baking powder

1 C currants

Line a 20 x 30 cm tin, bake for 30 minutes at 180oC. When it’s cool, ice with lemon icing (icing sugar + lemon juice + zest + tsp vanilla essence) and sprinkle with coconut.

Jam gems

I love how simple this recipe is!

8 oz butter (that’s 225g)

3 oz sugar (1/2 C)

8 oz flour (1 C)

Cream together and put jam in. (Cream B+S, add flour, then shape into rounds. Make a little indent in the middle to add jam into. Dollop 1/2 teaspoon into each). Bake at 325 deg (160o C) for 15 minutes.

Golden syrup biscuits

Another recipe from Nanny. I love how much these recipes are so unfussy and assume an inherent understanding of how long and how hot you would bake everything for. So clever. 🥰

1/2 lb butter

2 C flour

1 C sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsn golden syrup

Cream butter and sugar and add golden syrup. Then add dry ingredients. Mix well. Place on tray and bake.

Chile con queso

This is everything I want in a dip. Cheesy and spicy. Because I could gobble up so much of this stuff, I try and only make it on special occasions. Like, say Tuesday.

It is really nice with tortillas, chopped in 8’s and baked for 5 mins in a hot oven. Or just open yourself up a bag of corn chips and get amongst it.

2 tsp vegetable oil

½ small green capsicum

½ small onion

1 Tbspn drained bottled jalapeno chillis

1 clove garlic

½ can undrained chopped peeled tomatoes

250gm cream cheese

Chop up capsicum, chop up the onion, chop up jalapenos, and crush the garlic.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan, cook capsicum, onion, chili and garlic. Stir until the onion softens.

Add tomato, cook, stirring 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add cream cheese.

Whisk until the cheese melts and dip is smooth.

Hot sauce

This is a nice simple salsa you can eat with corn chips on its own, or use as the sauce for enchiladas, Mexican rice etc.

2-3 chilies

1 x 400g can tomatoes

½ onion (don’t bother chopping up the blender will take care of that)

2 garlic cloves

2-3 Tbsp cider vinegar

Large pinch each of oregano, cumin, sugar, salt.

A handful of fresh coriander (optional, but definitely adds to the flavour)

Whiz together in a blender.