30 September 2007


we went to watch a film preview this morning in cambridge...i'm not used to going to the pictures before lunch but it was a nice experience...just a little strange stepping out into the sunshine afterwards : )

i had read the book so it's always interesting to see it's translation on to the screen. both funny + moving...just right for sunday cinema. oh + with jim broadbent too...can't go wrong.

a spot of baking this afternoon...nigel slater's almond + lavender biscuits which i found through google (not sure which of his books the recipe comes from?)

after reading this interview that mentioned them i had to track the recipe down to try out...don't worry...the flavour is very subtle : )

nigel slater's lavender + almond biscuits

125 g unsalted butter
50 g golden caster sugar
100 g plain flour
100g ground almonds
2 level teaspoons lavender buds
  • whizz all the ingredients together in a food processor
  • press into a dough
  • cover + refrigerate for 4 hours
  • pre-heat oven to 150c/300f/gas mark 2
  • flour your hands + break off walnut sized pieces of dough
  • flatten into tiny rounds + sprinkle some ground almonds on top
  • lay on to lined baking sheets
  • bake for 25-30 mins until golden
  • allow to cool a little then transfer to a wire rack
(i used the last of our lavender from the garden which i've recently cut back)

perfect with a cup of tea as we sit + cheer on ireland in the rugby!

p.s. have been loving the serialisation of mr slater's new book in our sunday paper...talking tunnocks tea cakes...marmite...fish + chips...definitely one for the christmas wish list!


hazeljoy said...

sorry to see ireland went out.
but not sorry to see an interesting recipe - what kind of state should the lavender be in? i have some i cut a couple of weeks ago, but it's still purple/silvery. think it's good to go? x

bizelily said...

Hi nesty,

those biscuits look yummy, save one for me!!

love bizelily x

dottycookie said...

Those biscuits sound yummy - I inly have seen a couple of recipes using lavender before but I do love cooking with it.

I used to like the Sunday morning films at the Arts Picturehouse but we haven't managed to get there for years now.

Gigibird said...

going to the cinema any time of day is fine by me!
Not sure about the lavender biscuits......but they do look lovely
I confess I don't like Nigel Slater much....I did buy one of his books but it went to my neighbours carboot where they only got a pound for it!

julie said...

Oh i used to do that when i was single - to to see a film on a Saturday morn..theres something very relaxing about it.

Wish i could join you for a cuppa and those yummy biscuits :) xxx

jodie said...

REALLY want to see that film!! Should I read the book first do you think?