Monday, February 2, 2009
Chocolate Buzzy Bees
These little bees are actually a by-product of a birthday treat. Yesterday was my brother in law’s birthday, so I made him some chocolate shortbread (replacing 1/3c flour with 1/3 c cocoa) for his birthday. I had quite a bit of left over yellow royal icing and so thought about using it up on little bee shaped cookies to send to my niece and nephew with their Dad’s present. I think that they turned out quite cute.
I just cut the shortbread for Brent into simple circles and then did a yellow icing swirl on them. Quite simple but quite effective, I think. I quite like chocolate shortbread for its chocolatey crispness. Shortbread is definitely one of my favourite biscuits.
Last night for dinner we had bbqed pork sausages from Salumeria who do beautiful gourmet sausages. To go with them I made a potato salad (little jersey bennes with chopped red pepper, basil, capers, anchovies and egg with red wine vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette) and a baby spinach and broccoli salad with a simple vinaigrette using avocado oil. I havent used broccoli in a salad before and I really liked it – I don’t really like completely raw broccoli, so I blanched it and then refreshed it in cold water to keep the vibrant green. I also made a very simple tomato sauce from Dish magazine which went well with the sausages, by simmering a can of crushed tomatoes (I always buy Delmaine) with 2 cloves of chopped garlic, the zest and juice of half a lemon, half a teaspoon of ground coriander and 1/ tsp each of ground cloves and cinnamon, for about 20 minutes until thickened. This was so tasty! I have got leftovers which I am having for lunch today with some canned tuna.