Monthly Archives: June 2009

The mysterious disappearance of the lemon and blueberry friands

This photo was taken moments before their disappearance. It is suspected that their own deliciousness may have contributed to their abduction and, it is feared, consumption.

The friands were last seen in the company of a mug of tea (pictured below).

This mug is considered to be highly dangerous and ought not be approached unless accompanied by an irresistibly delicious lemon and blueberry friand. Government officials are recommending all those who wish to have a mug of tea today should approach the mug and possibly even the tea bags with caution… and with an irresistibly delicious lemon and blueberry friand.

You had better be safe than sorry. Here’s the recipe! Deliciously wheat and gluten free.

Ingredients
100g ground almonds
3 egg whites
25g rice flour
Pinch of xanthan gum
125g icing sugar
Rind of 1 lemon
Blueberries

Makes 6.

Method
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

2. Sieve the flour, xanthan gum and icing sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the ground almonds.

3. Grate in the lemon rind (or do that in a separate bowl and then add it if you think you’ll do what I did and drop the lemon into the flour and end up with a floury lemon).

4. Whisk the egg whites until they make a floppy foam – a few minutes off a good meringue.

5. Fold in the egg whites and spoon the mixture into six bun cases in a tin.

6. Stick as many or as little blueberries into the top of each bun.

7. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

8. Assist abduction with mug of tea.

If you, like me, had no idea what a friand is – apparently it is a type of bun made with ground almonds as a base and usually has meringue, butter, flour and icing sugar in it. Mine didn’t have any butter because despite going all the way to the shop to get some right before I made them, I forgot to put it in. But they taste great and are very light.

One step at a time

Knitting has been a little slow over the last day or two because I have a recital tomorrow. I play regularly for various singing teachers’ students and have been coaching one girl most of the year in preparation for her end-of-degree recital. Certain things still aren’t perfect. However, it’s been a great experience and one that has made me eager to study hard and get some hard and fast qualifications in accompaniment.

Here’s the knitting! I got the body and one sleeve finished on Pioneer. All that remains is the other sleeve and the crochet neck border. I tried it on the other night and I just love how it fits! This will be a lovely snug undertop for those damp winter days.

I have some crafty plans for the upcoming weekend. Prompted by the fabulous weather we’ve been having, I dug out a cheap wrap-around skirt I bought in Thailand last year. I love the shape of it so much that I think I will use it as a template to make another. It is very simple: three panels and a tie on the band at each side. I think I might leave off the ties and just put a small square of velcro on each end instead. I find that ties bulk up a lot under tshirts and tops, and tend to come undone if you’re carrying a bag! I have also returned to an old intention of mine – to embroider some tea-towels. I bought quite a lot of heavy cotton in Murphy-Sheehy’s before Christmas and never got around to cutting it out and embroidering it. Sewing always seems to make much more sense in hot weather, doesn’t it? I get lots of inspiration from here – it’s what got me into embroidery in the first place!

On a completely different tack (*chuckle*), I remembered The Streets of Galway 8k race is on in about two months. I didn’t run it last year but I think I’ll do it this time round. It’s a great little race, it winds through the streets in the city centre then comes out in Salthill and you run along the Prom to the finish line. I know some people just did the Mini-Marathon last weekend so if you’re interested in something similar, this is a nice fun-run alternative.