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We cleared out our Stygian porch today.In the porch was a great quantity of dust, a few spiders, a lot of chewed defunct dog toys and leads,  more hats and coats than I had realised, a redundant quantity of wellington boots, and a single dusty and surprised ladybird.  We also found a great pile of manuals and guarantees, some of them 15 years old or more.  It's *amazing* how much paper used to accompany a new  gadget!  Manuals, guarantees, info sheets, labels, warnings not to set the thing on fire or use it underwater  Our first DVD player came with so much paperwork that the paper alone must outweigh the current DVD player by about six times.  And the paper was so wordy!  And it used so much legalese!   Strange how these things look so old-fashioned, when they are associated with things that I think of as 'new technology'.  We have got rid of a lot of the paper, which has to be a win.   Also, am now faintly amazed at the organisation of my younger self, who filed all this stuff and drew careful diagrams of how it all connected. My current self is nothing like that organised or tidy.

Also in the porch, tucked inside an ancient and disintegrating handbag jammed behind a box of dog coats -  a forgotten miniature bottle of damson gin. Woohoo! I have just drunk it  -- in what chainmailmaiden claims is 'The London Manner' with a ridiculously huge pile of icecubes. :-D

Also, I made ginger, cinnamon and oat cookies. I substituted a lot of things in the recipe I used, and I like the results, so this is my version:

Ingredients
100g unsalted butter, softened
120g dark brown sugar
1 large egg
100g plain flour
100g porridge oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon and a bit more for luck
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
about three desert spoons of chopped crystallised ginger

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Put the butter and sugar into a large bowl and cream together. Gradually beat in the egg.
2. Mix the flour, oats, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and a good pinch of salt. Fold into the butter and egg mixture until  you get a sort of brown dough. Add the chopped ginger.
3. Squish dessert-spoon sized lumps of dough onto baking sheets, well spaced out.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Leave on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before eating.

Comments

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parrot_knight
30th Nov, 2014 22:11 (UTC)
It is a pity the fashion for exhibiting cabinets of curiosities is long past...
bunn
30th Nov, 2014 22:28 (UTC)
My blog appears to be my cabinet of curiosities for the 21st century. Also, about 75% of my longterm memory.
timetiger
30th Nov, 2014 22:23 (UTC)
Ginger in the oatmeal cookies? Genius! That's going to be very popular around here.
bunn
30th Nov, 2014 22:28 (UTC)
I have to admit, I have a tendency to put ginger in EVERYTHING. Well, maybe not salad. But you know what I mean. It gingers things up! :-D
huinare
30th Nov, 2014 23:04 (UTC)
That sounds like quite the undertaking. The built-in reward of Surprise Tiny Gin must have been well-earned.
bunn
1st Dec, 2014 13:11 (UTC)
I was extremely pleased with Surprise Tiny Gin Reward. Just enough for two pleasant glasses.
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