Ginger Biscuits


It’s been a while since I’ve done any baking (as opposed to cooking), so today I felt like making some ginger biscuits – which I haven’t made since school (reminded by @ClaireMaxim1 tweet about rock cakes – something I also used to make as a child)!

The instructions from my mum (who’d forgotten about these) were:

  • 8oz (225g) SR Flour
  • 4oz (Hard marge e.g. Stork)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 1 level teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4oz caster sugar
  • 2 good tablespoons golden syrup

Grease baking trays. Set over 375F/Gas 5. Rub fat into flour, ginger and bicarb. Add sugar and warmed syrup. Mix well. Roll into walnut sized balls with floured hands. Place on trays with space to spread and flatten with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from trays whilst hot to cooling trays.

So – I didn’t quite have enough marge so mixed with butter, ginger may have added a tad too much, and syrup is BB 2011 – but it’s only sugar, right?! Raw mixture tasted good… I did make them the right size, but they *ahem appear to have spread a little. Well “just the one biscuit then”…

Theory of Change

Organization Development (“The 1st thing to remember is that the only person who loves change is a baby with a wet nappy.” #change

p41-42 of Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR gives 5 possible theories, and how it might affect your Organisational Development strategies (this is an OD bid!):
  • Action research theory
  • Lewin’s change theories
  • Systems theory
  • Complexity theories
  • Appreciative enquiry

P41  on Twitpic

P42  on Twitpic

Meantime, on Twitter:

40 minutes to a loaf of bread!

I have just eaten a couple of slices from this loaf (well, I did a bit of other blogging after), and am resisting have too much more :-). At 5.45pm I hadn’t even started making it…  It wouldn’t be much good as a sandwich loaf as it didn’t quite stay whole (but maybe that’s because I was cutting up straight out of the oven)… but it’s “well tasty”.

What’s the recipe?

  • 500gm Flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 400ml (buttermilk or) yoghurt

Mix it all in, but not for too long (just til all the flour is folded in… which I didn’t think it was going to do initially!)

Flour a baking tray & ‘plonk’ it in a (preheated) 180 degree over for 1/2 hour.


This story just caught my eye…

There’s a little, grassroots hashtag going around Twitter this morning called #lovemonday and it deserves your attention (even if you have never tweeted in your life). For those of you in the know, it is a bit like #followfriday but instead of suggesting people others should follow (which is also a lovely thing to do!), you simply select 3 people you follow and tell them what you appreciate about them. Then, rather than the mutual backslapping that often occurs on FollowFriday, those people tell 3 people they follow the same and so on and soon we have an entire Twittersphere full of encouragements! And what better thing to do on a Monday eh?!

Read the full post and post your #lovemonday’s!

Forethought for Tuesday in Holy Week #EasterLive

Thought 1: What to talk about today?

So, it’s Tuesday, what does that mean? Not knowing the Easter timeline all that well, I was very pleased to spot this Holy Week Timeline via someone’s Twitter account, and blogged about it earlier today on BigBible.

According to the timeline above, we’re onto the withered fig tree, but EasterLive gives us a clear outline for the stories that we are looking at.

Thought 2: Tom Wright: The Parables

So, Tom Wright has talked to us about the Tenants in the Vineyard:

and in week 4, it was all about parables!

Thought 3: What has everyone else been talking about?

EasterLive have given us clickable options to what others have been talking about (I am assuming across the whole hashtag, rather than just for today):

Ah no, I just clicked, it’s not doing a tag cloud, it has given a list of pre-suggested words (so #Easterlive tweeters, get using them), as there’s a couple that are empty if you click through into them.

Thought 4: Arguments

Do arguments have to difficult, harsh, etc.? I googled ‘Postive Argument’, which may be some kind of scientific term, but I liked The Happiness Project outline of how to positively contribute to arguments..

There’s so many things we could follow around the web, but I’m off to meet with Huw, the imaginative person behind EasterLive, to celebrate his upcoming birthday…

5 thoughts for Holy Monday #EasterLive

OK, so today on #EasterLive, and in church last night, the focus is on Jesus clearing the Temple.

Thought 1

Our readings last night were: Jeremiah 7; and Matthew 21, and the sermon was a great mix of theological reflection (the Jews expected this great King, then he reprimanded them), and practical application (do what we sing, and what we do throughout the week, match up?)…

which sent me on a little hunt for material online, including this great piece on ‘Holy Monday‘ (more commonly associated with Catholic celebrations).

Thought 2

What did the Temple look like… I wondered what images 12baskets would have (none under the heading ‘Holy Monday’… others have some to upload?), but ‘Temple’ brought back the following entry:

Obviously, most of it is now in ruins… but this is a place that I one day hope to see with Oak Hall (I have met so many people who have been with Oak Hall, and have heard nothing but enthusiasm for the trip)., so I thought I’d check out Flickr (Creative Commons again), and brought up a scale model of what it may have looked like at the time:

Thought 3

Flickr is very much about catching photos (whereas 12baskets encourages the uploading of paintings, etc. too), so I wasn’t hopeful when I put in ‘Jesus, Temple, Jerusalem’, but interestingly this image came up… Jesus may have been throwing the Jewish marketplace out of the Church, but should we (as Christians) be more active in the Market Place (whether by that we mean shopping centres… or plenty of people shop (and plenty of other activities) online (hence @bigbible):

Thought 4

What’s going on on the #EasterLive hashtag?

And @easyrew has started a really interesting (and thoughtful) debate re: whether #EasterLive works as an idea… I’m with Bryony… I love seeing people TRY things, then we sit back, talk about it, and see which bits we should take forward/which need tweaking or abandoning!

Thought 5

If you’re keen for another Passion story running in real time, check out @thepassionexp (text, Tweets, Facebook, etc…), which interestingly (actually) could be tagged #EasterLive also…:

Pray that you have a thoughtful Holy Monday, and if you’ve been doing #bigread2011, don’t forget today’s reading.