Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama, Guy Fawkes,

Obama made it - I did find out before I went to bed, wasn't sure all the counting etc. would be finished by that time. This morning everyone is talking about the elections. Apparently something like 40% of Democrats turned out to vote and low 30s% of the Republicans. More fool them. Or maybe they didn't like either candidate. They reckon Sarah Palin will be fighting the next election in four years time when she has had more experience. Today, in the UK, is Guy Fawkes Day when, according to history, a bunch of conspirators led by Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament when the king was attending. They were caught in the act and now people burn his effigy on a bonfire and send up fireworks. Not sure when such a pagan tradition began, but it is usually a fun evening. Mostly people celebrate it at the weekend these days, rather than during the week.
Remember, remember the 5th of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.
We used to bake potatoes in the bonfire which always came out black and burnt on one side and totally undercooked on the other side. They tasted good just the same. At the yacht club which we ran for a number of years, we used to collect money and then pick up a load of fish and chips for everyone. Today we are going for a med check, which means taking all our medications and chatting to our pharmacist. So gotta get cracking. I don't normally make cookies, but I just might have a go at these, they sound really good and pretty simple. Once again from the Three and Four Ingredient Cookbook. Chocolate Petit Four Cookies Make these dainty cookies as stylish after-dinner snacks. If you do not have any amaretto liqueur, they will work well without it. Alternatively, you can substitute the same quantity of brandy or rum. 12 oz carton chocolate chip cookie dough 4 oz. plain (semi sweet) chocolate 2 Tbs Amaretto from the storecupboard 1/4 Cup butter Preheat the oven according to the instructions on the cookie dough packet. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/2" thick. Using a 1 " cutter, stamp out as many rounds from the dough as possible and transfer them to a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. To make the filling, break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl with the butter and liqueur. Sit the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and stir occasionally, until the chocolate has melted. Remove the heat and set aside to cool. Spread a small amount of the filling on the flat bottom of one of the cookies and sandwich together with another. Repeat until all the cookies have been used. Have a great day.


  1. i was too tired to wait for the news, but i'm glad it has ended this way ^^

  2. That seems to be the opinion of most of the western world.

  3. Ah, Guy Fawkes! We used to roast chestnuts as well as potatoes.

  4. I don't remember roasting chestnuts for Guy Fawkes, but I certainly ate lots of them at other times. It was one of my problems in Portugal, they had chestnut vendors on the corners in lots of places and I was always too full to buy them.