There's no missing the fact that these school holidays are the winter holidays! We have slushy areas underfoot, it's been bitterly cold and one day last week the sun failed to show through the fog. That's almost unheard of in these parts. The Bureau of Meteorology predicted a 'mostly sunny' day but it didn't eventuate. The temperature only reached seven degrees!
The poor little girl was sitting in a car shivering when I arrived but a change of clothes and a cuddle and she was ready to play again. I didn't want to leave again in case I was needed. After all, the day was not improving. Hence Belle and I found ourselves outside for most of the day on the coldest day for ages!
At the end of the day, the children were presented with show bags of goodies. Rulers, a football, all wrapped in plastic. And again, that's how easily it happens.
85g cheese (grated tasty)
1 cup plain flour
1 tspn paprika
1/2 tspn salt
1/2 tspn dry mustard
poppy seeds to sprinkle
Beat together butter and grated cheese until soft and creamy. (Beat for a few minutes) Sift together dry ingredients, add to cheese mixture, beat until well blended. (The recipe I used, suggested dessertspoons rolled into balls but I made mine much smaller. I find them a better size for nibbling on.) Place on greased oven tray, flatten slightly, sprinkle poppy seeds lightly over each biscuit. Bake in moderate oven 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Loosen and cool on tray. (Made about forty little biscuits for me)
This recipe is taken from the ancient copy of The Australian Women's Weekly,1970, that I bought at the op shop once. I have converted the ounces to grams.
Now for my nice surprise. One of my dorking hens often refuses to sleep in the pen, choosing to perch up a tree instead. Well, she wasn't up the tree over the last three weeks, unbeknownst to me!! Out she came the other day with ten little charges. Although we don't want 'moggy' chooks (these are crossed with the Australorp rooster) you can't fail to be happy when you see these little chickies.