At a time when we are struggling to understand the killing of fifty innocent people in Christchurch's mosque shootings, it is hard to think how to console families who have lost so much. So many flowers laid, incredible compassion shown; a united feeling of grief sensed by all, and kind words spoken. Across all the cultural and social differences, food is a language we can all appreciate and the sharing of it is something so heartfelt and meaningful. It is one of the best gifts you can give a person.
Here are some favourite recipes of ours, that are great to make and easy to give. They are inspired by the idea that our country is a multi-cultural and peace-loving one. To quote the words of a good friend who tells her kids, "Peel off the skin and we are all the same". This first recipe is a classic - crunchy on the outside, chewy and moist on the inside. It keeps well for days:
2 tsp golden syrup
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups plain flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups mixed dried fruit
½ cup cornflakes
1 ½ cups desiccated coconut
zest of a lemon
½ cup crystallised ginger, chopped
½ cup raw cashew nuts, chopped
2 small eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 30cm x 24cm slice pan.
Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar together in a saucepan. Simmer for a minute. Cool.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, dried fruit, cornflakes, lemon zest nuts and coconut. Mix well, separating the bits of fruit if they're stuck together in clusters.
Whisk the eggs and vanilla essence together in a cup and tip into the dry ingredients with the melted butter mixture. Mix well and pat into the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 mins, until lightly golden. Cut into squares while still hot and allow to cool in pan. Makes 20 squares.
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