Catering for a lot of people can have its pressures. Catering for 50 children is pressure. And with my little girl becoming a big 3 year old today, it was time for that horror of all horrors, the children's birthday party. With the church hall hired out, party games devised and a Snow White costume pressed and ready for Her Majesty, all that was left was a boat load of food to be prepared by yours truly.
I open this up as if I thought it was a chore; of course I loved it, especially devising a menu that would hopefully have a fine balance between not containing any processed readily prepared 'party foods' but containing all of the yummy 'come and get me children' appeal of such foods. So on the menu were lots of healthy but delicious sandwiches, home made free-range sausage and herb rolls, design-a-pizza straight from the oven and a few dips for some crunchy vegetable sticks. Oh, and a few crisps. And of course, cakes.
It all went incredibly well. The food appeared to get the thumbs up from the children. And after 2 hours of unbelievable din from the Fairies, Princesses, Superheroes and Pirates, as well as the ubiquitous children's party music, we were just about ready to collapse. But only after polishing off whatever was left. Funny how at these types of events where the food has been prepared for the kids only, willing adults appear to congregate in large packs around the kitchen area.
Here is a recipe for an 'anything goes' biscuit that Cerys and I indulge in now and again. These were made for the party, and although they are just biscuits, the addition of a few quality ingredients and some enthusiastic hands from a loving child seem to make them an extra special treat. Happy Birthday my little princess xxx
Apple, Ginger and Oat Biscuits
75g demerera sugar
1 apple, cored, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
125g wholemeal flour
50g rolled oats
1 tsp ground ginger
Half tsp baking powder
1 - Pre-heat the oven to GM4, 160 degrees C.
2 - In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar.
3 - Pour in the rest of the ingredients except for the apple juice and with your hands, mash together to form a stiff dough. If the dough is too stiff, mix in a little apple juice which will also naturally sweeten it even more.
4 - On a floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately 1cm thick then with your cutter of choice, cut out your biscuits.
5 - Bake on a greased baking tray for 8-10 minutes until golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.