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:
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
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.