I write this blog post once a year, and it's about biscuits. Specifically, it's about ginger biscuits, and if we want to raise the specificity to alarming levels, it's about Elizabeth's ginger biscuits. I have no idea who Elizabeth is, but that's what it says in my Grandma's handwriting on the top of the recipe she copied out and posted to me some years ago.
And if you're interested, I have blogged the recipe here.
I sometimes find myself thinking that it would be nice to start a Christmas tradition or two that I can enjoy and return to each year. It has only occurred to me as I write this that in this recipe, I have found just that. These biscuits are great: they're full of the festive flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg, they sparkle with a little bit of glitter, they're inexpensive to make, quick, failsafe and easy to produce in large quantities, and they are a crowd-pleaser every time. Without noticing, whenever I bake these students for family, friends, colleagues and students every year, I have found a tradition of my own.
I make these biscuits quite a lot; so much so that people recognise them and comment on it. I have shared the recipe with friends, made these biscuits with Guides, and knocked out batches of over 70 at a time to supply last-minute cake sales. And they work every time. See? Failsafe.
Here's a little festive promise to myself though: next time I make these biscuits, I will take my time, enjoy the process, relish the recipe and reflect on my Christmas tradition. Because it's mine.
And it tastes good.
P.S. This post is part of a series I am working on each day during Advent for Shimelle's Online Class Journal Your Christmas. Each day brings a new festive memory to capture and enjoy.