"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase, it the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder..." Thoreau
There are just thirty five stitches for the needles to work, for the yarn to meander in and out and keep my itchy fingers busy when I'm in the passenger seat. I'm knitting another simple garter stitch scarf. This time in Icelandic Lopi yarn to match Ahmad's Cobblestone Pullover. Perfect timing for Hannah's invitation to help with the move, basement to attic. From up on the hill, down to the creative Bohemian quarter.
When there wasn't enough room in the car for bookcases and me, I happily inhabited a big comfy armchair and borrowed a copy of Walden from the bookcase. What with Thoreau, knitting, ginger beer and Swedish ginger biscuits it felt like the butterfly was comfortably perched on my shoulder.
We even had time for a lunch at my favourite friendly Bristolian.
I don't have a recipe for crunchy Danish ginger biscuits but this is an old family recipe for fairings which are traditional Cornish ginger biscuits. They are named after the edible treats that were traditionally sold at English fairs:-
- 6oz of Self Raising flour
- 3oz of golden caster sugar
- 2tsp of ground ginger
- 4oz of butter
- 1tbs of syrup
- A pinch of bicarbonate of soda
- Prepare a baking try by oiling and preheat the oven to 275-300c/140-150f
- Melt the butter and syrup in a saucepan
- Sieve the dry ingredients into the melted butter and mix well.
- Roll teaspoons full of the mixture in the palms of your hands to make little balls.
- Place on the baking tray and cook for 15 to 20 minutes using the bottom shelves in the oven.
joining ginny and nicole...