Have you all recovered yet?
Whether its too much food, the stress of family or too much booze, this bit in-between Christmas and New Year is always a strange one.
Some people are recovering, some have recovered. If you're like me you'll have re-organized everything so you can start the new year 'afresh'.
I've got a few new ideas for this blog and other projects in 2013. All I know is I want to take this blog in a new and exciting direction. If you have any ideas for me, or projects I could be involved in, please contact me.
I also want a job, and another step has been taken towards getting this. I have an interview! I received a letter yesterday and its on the 10th January, so wish me luck.
I took part in another secret Santa, hosted by Paige and Katlyn. Unfortunately I haven't received my gift yet, but if your name is Gia then I am your secret Santa! I hope you liked your gifts and that they got to you in New Zealand safely.
Onto the recipe.
These oatcakes are so yummy. If you are not sure what they are, think of them as a savoury cracker, that is the perfect pairing for cheese.
They keep for ages in an airtight container and you can flavour them with anything really.
Yields - 25
A little oil to grease
200g (7oz) medium oatmeal, plus 100g (3.5oz) to sprinkle
75g (3oz) plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tbsp fresh thyme leaves
50g (2oz) lard or vegetable fat
25g (1oz) butter
200ml (1/2 pint) water
Preheat the oven to 180/gas mark 4. Lightly oil two baking sheets.
Mix together the oatmeal, flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and thyme.
Melt the lard/vegetable fat and butter with the water, and then pour over the dry ingredients. Mix with a metal spoon to form the dough.
Sprinkle the surface with the extra oatmeal, then roll out the dough to 5mm (1/4in) thick. Using a 5cm (2in) butter, stamp out circles and put them onto the baking sheets. Re-roll the dough and cut out more circles Bake for 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Do you have a recipe that would be prefect with cheese?
We have a cheeseboard New Years Eve, so share you recipes in the comments below and I might make them.