Historyetc – Japan, 30 Years War, Grimms Fairy Tales and Zen Gardens

I have no idea where our days are disappearing to! Another fab Historyetc day. I was awake ridiculously early and managed to get back to sleep for an hour but was still up and about by 7am. I was wanting to make St Martins Day lanterns out of tin cans but as this was a last minute decision, hadn’t actually got enough empty cans for everyone, cue making tonights dinner at 7.15am! Only managed 6 of the 10 cans needed but it was a start πŸ™‚

Prised the girls out of bed, and send them out in the rain to walk the dog after Poppy made them scrambled egg and crumpets for breakfast πŸ™‚ She’s very competent in the kitchen and I love that πŸ™‚

We arrived at the beans later than we hoped but it was a slow start for everyone, not just us πŸ™‚ Chris managed to empty contents of tinned fruit so I could fill the cans with water and freeze ready for making our lanterns. Unfortunately they didn’t freeze in time so will hopefully finish this craft another day πŸ™‚ This is more or less what we were hoping to achieve. Once the water has frozen, lay the can onto a towel, draw out a simple outline design onto paper, wrap around the can and fix with tape. Then carefully using a nail, hammer holes around the outline of the design. Freezing the water stops the can from caving in when making the holes. Remove the paper and voila πŸ™‚ I will probably spray paint the cans afterwards to preserve them, especially if using them outside πŸ™‚


History not being my strong point, my contribution is baking and/or cooking! To begin we prepared some gingerbread representing one of Grimms fairy tales πŸ™‚

350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
125g butter
175g soft brown sugar
1 egg
4tbsp golden syrup

Mix flour, ginger, bicarb and cinnamon
Add butter and rub with fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs.
Beat egg and syrup
Add to breadcrumbs and mix until it clumps together.
Tip out dough and need until smooth.
Wrap in clingflim and chill for 15 mins.
Roll out dough 1/4″ thick and cut out shapes
Bake for 12-15 mins at gas mark 4
Leave on tray to cool for 10 mins then transfer onto wire rack




To celebrate St Martins Day we baked a deliciously sweet apple cake.

Swedish Apple Cake

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup margarine
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 apples
1 3/4 cup self raising flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cloves

Grate apples without peeling
Cream sugar and margarine
Add eggs and vanilla
Add flour, spices, baking powder and salt. Mix
Add apples and mix
Pour into a lined 8″ x 8″ tin and bake for 20 minutes at gas 4

For the topping:
Melt 3tbsp butter
Remove from heat and add 1 tbsp milk
Add 1 1/2 cups demerera sugar and stir to a paste

Remove cake and carefully spread the topping over the top of the cake. Bake for a further 25 mins.




There was some Taj Mahal style tile painting, Japan mapwork and Zen garden design happening elsewhere, unfortunately lacking in photos due to mostly being in the kitchen πŸ™‚




There was also plenty of opportunities to ‘hang out’ with friends whilst chatting with others πŸ™‚



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HHaricot
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 01:12:11

    they are growing up gorgeous πŸ™‚ [tho may be biased!] especially love that last pic


  2. oldmanorborn
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 09:32:54

    Sounds fab indeed :-). That last pic is gorgeous.


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