Thursday, 20 August 2015

Amaretti Biscotti

This recipe is one that I first tried back before Christmas when I was looking for a recipe for some nice little food treats as gifts for friends and family. They ended up being eaten by me and the kids as we liked them so much! If you like the taste, and smell, of almond, this is a recipe for you,  I found this recipe on YouTube by the lovely Chiappa Sisters, Italian Welsh sisters who share some great recipes on their channel. So here is how I made them.

Start by separating the egg yolks and whites into two bowls. With the yolks, combine them with the caster sugar until lumpy and mixed together. Then weigh out the ground almonds, then incorporate them into the bowl also.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. You should now have a bowl of whipped whites, and a bowl of almond, egg and sugar.
Then you need to refrigerate the mixture for an hour to firm up. Once ready, form little balls with the mixture, ping pong ball sized is about right, but you can make them any size. They do spread out slightly in the oven, not too mush though, so you can fit plenty on a baking tray. Before putting them onto the tray, I rolled them in icing sugar. This gives them a great white look when cooked, and I love the cracking that forms over them once they are done. 
You can find the Chiappa Sisters recipe here.


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Moving Forward

I am still here. Still alive, but not been 'here' for a what feels like a while now. Life sometimes just sneaks up on you, drops so many things on you to deal with, then rushes past like the road runner. This has been my life for what feels like the last few months. Coping with everything going on, getting things done, and sadly, not always doing the things I want to do. But now life is settling down, I have some quiet time as the kids are away for some time over these holidays, so time for me to think about what I want to do, not just with my time, but with this blog and how I want to move forward with it.
I have sometimes felt that I needed to put up a blog post about something, anything to just for the sake of it, and to keep readers interested. But it's kind of dawned on me over this time that the reason I started this blog was for me, about me and for me to keep my memories somewhere. If a reader likes what I write, great, and if they don't, that's ok too. This is my little space of the internet for my thoughts feelings, purchases, ideas and dreams.
So what now?
To be honest, I'm not sure. I know that I love blogging, writing, and being myself on here. I am juggling a lot at the moment, and I want to make sure I don't drop any of it. I want to write about things that interest me, that I care about and want to share with anyone out there that fancy's reading it. At the moment, I am applying for jobs, sorting our house and trying to make the most of the holidays before school sets in, and the PTA work begins!

So I will be back, I can't say with what, but I hope that I can interest at least one person with the things I post, help them, and maybe make them want to read more about me and my little life, that's fine.
See you soon.