Baking | Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men …christmas cookies with a heart

‘Gingerbread Men’
Stir a bowl of gingerbread, smooth and spicy brown,
Roll it with a rolling-pin, up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter, make some little men,
Put them in the oven, until half past ten.
Author unknown

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men 1 Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men … I call them cookies with a heart even though I cut them out! There’s really nothing like cute little gingerbread men to bring a smile to your face. I’ve been making these for years, almost now a Christmas tradition.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I love the deep cinnamon and ginger flavours that get heightened by earthy whole wheat flour. For 100% whole grain cookies, these are nothing short of amazing. Crisp, spicy and sweet! C.U.T.E. too!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men A few days ago, the husband said he was headed to a home for homeless girls as part of his company’s CSR, and asked if I could bake something. Yes! I instantly knew it was going to be these. He also asked me to try to make some goodie bags for the girls!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I haven’t had SO MUCH FUN in ages. Actually ever since the kids grew up and kissed birthday parties and return gifts goodbye. This was even more fun than those days. Also very interesting to see the level of interest it drew out of the daughter.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men She began making the goodie bags in the car while I was driving her back from art class. She didn’t lose interest. For once. She continued to giggle stupidly, sing crazily, talk non stop to Coco while making the bags.

Coco-Santa

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men They are slightly tedious to make as compared to normal cut out cookies. The stamping out of the hearts, the adding little heart sprinkles, and then the smile of course are a little involved! There was a time I used to make the little smileys in a flash. Now with more years under my belt, the eyes aren’t as sharp. So the smileys take a little longer, the little dragees rolling all over the place. Some have a mind of their own!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men Well, in the end, it was all very worth it. Just stamping out gingerbread men makes me happy. They promise to spread holiday cheer, sharing happiness with the nibblers! The kids got one each much to their delight since I was guarding the men with my life!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I made a few extra for another special cookie occasion too. More on that very soon! So are you into cookie mode too? I certainly am. What are your cookie monsters munching? My cookies are pretty much whole grain now. I look back in guilt at the many years of plain flour that I baked with.

Wholegrain bakingThe internet is a wonderful place, and food blogs are the best! So much inspiration, food for thought and so much creativity you can build upon. These days there’s plenty of oats, barley, whole wheat and amaranth in my baking.

You can find more festive food here

Christmas food
Christmas Mince Fruit Pies
Pistachio & Craisin Cookies
Garam Masala Christmas Fruit Cake
Christmas Stollen {Dresden Stollen}
Strawberry & Vanilla Macaron Trifle
Pannetone
Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies {Waffles + Cookies}
Apple Cranberry Almond Olive Oil Popovers
Christmas Stollen Pudding
Toasted Walnut Lindzer Cookies
Gingerbread House

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Baking | Ginger Lemon Crème Brûlée … & an extract giveaway {worldwide}

” A pure extract is the most important ingredient.”
Marcus Camisoni

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee 1Ginger Lemon Crème Brûlée … the boy discovered the chefs torch one day while scrabbling through my cupboards. I had a hard time keeping my cool as I don’t like anyone going through my stuff! He said he was looking for ‘something to do’!

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee Found it mama“, he announced. “Now lets make Crème Brûlée”! The in house baker is used to getting sudden requests and is always game for inspiration! Even though eggy desserts don’t feature prominently in my list of ‘want to bake now‘, it’s nice to try something different! Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee I really wanted brûlée ‘something’. The lovely Finla had sent me a chefs torch through her better half some time back. I  was glad to have an opportunity to put it to good use.

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee Summer vacations, a keen new interest in honing his culinary skills, and the need for dessert on the pooches birthday seemed reason enough for him. “Coco has cake, but what about us”, he whined. Then charmingly suggested, “Crème brûlée”? Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee I gave in quite easily because I had more reason. The sweet Carmen Rossi from Camisoni, a premium cooking and baking extract company, founded in Portofino, Italy, had sent me some extracts to sample – lemon, vanilla and coffee! Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee Lemon was what I reached out for to make my summer crème brûlée. The deep, heady aroma almost knocked me out when I unscrewed the generous glass bottle. One small whiff and you realise how potent the stuff is! I ran it past the rest of the folk at home, and each one had this surprised expression. Whoa … that is strong!!

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee This was good stuff, and I soon figured what my crème brûlée flavours were going to be. A dash of ginger would pair well with lemon. Fresh root ginger is something you will always find in Asian homes. Turned out to be a beautiful choice.

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee Lemon and ginger both lent delicate undertones to the well set crème brûlée. It was fun to see the lads brûléeing enthusiasm. Under my watchful eye, E A C H grain of sugar was lovingly caramelised. 

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee This was the first of my adventures with the rich aromatic extracts that I received from Camisoni. With vanilla, lemon and coffee extracts on hand, I dream of the good days that lie ahead. I also tried the coffee extract which has a real full bodied, deep coffee aroma. The resultant cake was love at first bite!

Layered Coffee & Cream CakeWatch out for that post to come. Until then, please leave your favourite and trusted  / trick as a comment and get entered  into the Camisoni extract giveaway. 

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Book Review| The Tulleeho! Book of Cocktails … & an Orange Zinger

“Orange is the happiest color.”
Frank Sinatra

Orange Zinger A name like Orange Zinger seems so right for this time of the year, warm, spicy and zippy! It’s a cocktail from a newly released ‘cookbook’ {Food, Wines & Beverages category} in India, The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails. An almost unassuming book, yet one overflowing with mouthwatering mixes like Anarkali, Instant Karma … and of course this Orange Zinger! The book is a must have for cocktail lovers.When Blogadda, the largest community of bloggers in India, {who recently interviewed me too}, asked if I’d like to review a new cookbook, it was an instant YES, even though a book on cocktails was slightly out of my comfort zone. The name intrigued me, and the reins were promptly handed over to Mr PAB. An occasional cocktail is wonderful, but for someone who has NO CLUE about how to get one going, this book is the answer.Orange Zinger Turn the pages and feel a happy high … for beginners in the world of cocktails, the pages hold your hand and guide you through gently, telling you that ‘making a cocktail is no rocket science‘!  Bar ware, stocking up, mixology … a book that helps you get the mixes right, helps you talk liquor with the ‘best of them’, and helps you pretend to know all about stuff even if you’ve never touched it.Orange Zinger … and in case you are in the ‘ultra confident, been there, done that‘ category, know it all in the world of tippling, then head straight for either the Tullee Tipple which offers in-house special and contributions from the tullee community, or then to Classics – tipples that have been around for quite a while.Orange Zinger The book offers an eclectic and stylish mix  of cocktails – Desi Dhamaka which uses local Indian ingredients, Market Fresh using at least one fresh ingredient, Old Boys’ Club which is obviously the male bastion, Dessert cocktails, Ladies Specials {hmmm???}, and quite fascinatingly, Herbs and Spices!Orange ZingerMr PAB quite predictably reached for the Old Boys’ Club and spent quite an hour pouring over the pages, recipe by recipe. The foodie in me helped pick out a warming, fall sounding recipe which was spicy and had orange in the listed ingredients {more specifically, bitter orange marmalade}. That made me take notice and painted my thoughts orange! NICE!!Also a good choice because I still have a jar of homemade bitter orange marmalade which I made earlier this year! This is possibly the quickest edible thing Mr PAB has ever made and served…LOL! He enjoyed it, the flavours pairing beautifully … can’t go wrong with orange and ginger.Orange Zinger Warm and spicy undertones of bitter orange marmalade and the slight edge of ginger paired well with the whiskey. Mr PAB gave it high fives, and immediate set off turning pages of the book. If you like cocktails, try this. I like it because it has standard everyday ingredients and is a great fit for the holiday season. The passion of the authors shines through! Tulleeho!!

Tulleeho is also available as a Kindle e-book.

Orange Zinger from the The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 glass

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Orange Zinger from the The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails

A whiskey cocktail which is warm and spicy on the nose, and zippy on the palate. Bitter orange marmalade containing pieces of orange peels works best

Ingredients

60ml Indian whiskey

2 tsp orange marmalade

1" piece ginger, finely grated

A splash of soda

Ice to fill shaker and glass

Orange slice to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the whiskey, marmalade and grated ginger to a shaker full of ice, shake well and strain into the ice filled glass. Add a splash of soda {do not top up}, garnish with the orange slice and serve.
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