Life is just a little mental at the moment; at some point I’ll explain, I promise. It’s mental for really good reasons, and it makes me smile. But somewhere amongst all the craziness of the last month, there’s always time for the simpler things in life.
Namely a Sunday morning pancake session with my nephew, but with one little difference… FaceTime. Seriously, how much has technology changed our everyday lives, to the point I can have a full on cooking session over the telephone?!
About 8 years ago, I remember answering a questionnaire about mobile phones and whether I’d want to watch TV or movies on one, and would I be interested in video calling. Crikey, no; I remember replying. I suppose then a phone was still a phone and the most advanced thing my trusty old Nokia did was let me play ‘Snake’ to kill the time on my train commute to work. But now it’s all different… my trusty iPhone is loaded up with apps, films, music and things to keep my life in check. My iPhone is pretty much my life all in one handy little place.
And that video calling that I so readily dismissed… I can’t live without it. It’s really something I never thought I’d appreciate, even when FaceTime was first introduced I wasn’t sure. But now my nephew is here, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Birthdays, Christmas and Sunday mornings mean we can almost be there and join in the fun.
Anyway, the Sunday morning pancake session, was well-timed. The night before Ian and I had opted for a simple dessert to finish off Saturday night… oh yes, pancakes! I know it’s a little early for Shrove Tuesday but there’s something comforting and simple about a neat stack of fluffy pancakes, with rapidly melting ice cream and fresh fruit… Mmmm.
So a simple dessert and a morning cooking session with a 3 year old, put me in mind of things that I loved making with my Mum or Gran when I was Louis’ age. Thinking back both Ian and I remembered peppermint creams; the minty sugar mess, green food colouring stained hands but so simple. I had to make them.
It’s probably 30 years since I last made peppermint creams, cutting them out with an egg cup and eating them straight away, then possibly feeling a little queasy. I thought it was probably time to spruce them up a little, and with Valentine’s day coming up; hearts were the only way to go! I had some rose water extract milling about in the back of the cupboard, that I swapped the peppermint extract for. It just had to be done… hearts and roses, Valentines in candy form!
Now I made these with egg whites like I used to with my Granny. But I know that some of you, would rather not use egg; and they can be made with cold water instead. I’ve also seen on my travels through the internet, using condensed milk; maybe next time I’ll give it a go.
I can’t wait to make a mess and some retro green, egg cup cut out, peppermint creams with Louis; just maybe not by FaceTime!
- 400g Icing sugar
- 1 Egg white
- 1 tsp Rose water extract
- Pink food colouring
- 70% Cocoa Chocolate, melted
- In a large mixing bowl, add the egg white.
- Add 100g icing sugar and mix together.
- Add rose water extract to the icing sugar mix, and stir.
- Add the remaining icing sugar mix well until the mixture forms a thick and pliable paste.
- Add the pink food colouring and knead well.
- If the paste is too wet, knead in a little more icing sugar; if the paste is too dry, add a drop of cold water.
- Turn the paste out onto a work surface dusted with icing sugar.
- Roll out the paste to approximately 5mm thickness.
- Cut out heart shapes using an icing sugar dusted heart shaped cookie cutter.
- Place the hearts onto a baking sheet covered with baking parchment and leave to dry over night.
- When the hearts are dry; they can be dipped into melted chocolate or decorated with edible ink pens.
The love hearts can be packaged for Valentines gifts or stored in an airtight container until you've eaten them all.
I’m sending my little Love Heart’s over to February’s Treat Petite hosted by Stuart at Cakeyboi, and this month’s theme is Valentines!