The Crazy Kitchen: Chickens, Morris Dancers and Golden Syrup Cookies

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Tuesday 14 May 2013

Chickens, Morris Dancers and Golden Syrup Cookies

I've just returned from a great weekend with some of my amazing friends. There was lots of laughter and talking until the early hours, along with possibly too much eating and drinking.

Magaluf may be a bit tacky in places but it's not all burgers and chips and we found a nice little beach bar that served us morning, noon & night with salmon & scrambled egg, spicy chicken salads, fishfinger wraps with jalapeno tartare sauce (very nice) and even accommodated me with my requests of toast with sliced apple and a banana toastie with cinnamon.

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We also took a short taxi ride to the very exclusive marina of Puerto Portals where the rich & famous hang out. We never spotted any but did enjoy some very nice food and drink overlooking the Marina. 

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Of course we ate some junk food as well and it became a bit of a ritual calling in at the chicken shop on the way back to the hotel, if only to take a break from the hill known as 'cardiac hill'.

Daytimes were spent lazing on the beach, laughing about the previous evening and catching up on gossip from home.

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We all took supplies of food for eating on the balcony and beach, from apricots to tinned sardines (just don't ask!) and cheesy balls to homemade cookies, we had a good selection of snacks.

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Oh and there was the night we all dressed as chickens /flamingoes and the next as Morris Dancers. Well you can imagine the reaction to seeing 14 yellow chickens and 5 pink flamingoes walking down the street!

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oh and if you're wondering how my husband & kids coped without me, they managed just fine - they went through sickness, a swimming gala, trip to a market (where they got lots of bargains) and a birthday party....who needs Mum hey!

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Now back to those cookies. This is a recipe that I adapted slightly from one given to me by one of the Mums at school after she made some for Preschool afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago. I doubled the batch and took half with me and left the other half at home to keep the kids fed whilst I was away.

Golden Syrup Cookies - makes approx 20-24

115g Butter, softened
230g Caster sugar
35g Golden syrup
1 Egg
230g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Beat the butter and sugar together
  • Mix in the golden syrup & egg
  • Stir the flour and bicarbonate of soda together and add to the butter/sugar mixture
  • Roll mixture into small balls (approx tbsp) and place on a greased baking sheet, spaced well apart
  • Bake in a preheated 170 C oven for approx 10-12 minutes, until golden brown
  • Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack
  • Store in an airtight container

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  1. Mummyandthebeastie15 May 2013 at 10:51

    It took me ages to spot you at the back of the Morris dancers photo! were you a chicken or flamingo? the cookies sound good, I love my syrup - nice and healthy ;-) x

  2. I was a chicken - flamingoes were birthday girls. i think back left?

  3. lots of fun would've loved it! I'm sure Kitty will love the cookies too x

  4. Sounds like a great weekend x

  5. Great pictures! It looks like a lot of fun in the sun was had - loving the costumes :-)

  6. welcome back Helen and what a great holiday you had!!! You girls certainly know how to have a good time and dress up ha ha. Does Matt look after the kids all by himself while you go away? he copes very well.
    those cookies look and sound very delectable - like you union jack tin did you pinch that from eldest son's bedroom??? xx

  7. Sientatealamesablogspot.com16 May 2013 at 14:20

    Hey from Spain I'm happy you enjoy your holiday in my country are you a teacher me too.


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