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emotional rollercosters

July 24, 2013

strange-lot3Sometimes I feel a little sorry for the language student who pitches up in our house at changeover time. Federico arrived the day after Matt left and Rella went to volunteer at Over the Wall (brilliant charity that sends children with life threatening illness (and their siblings too) for a fun filled few days of madness) and the day Endika was due to leave.

Halo was also home for the weekend.

It must have seemed like a mad house (but it could have been so much worse).

Emotions were running high especially as Katrine tried to make ai caramba biscuits with jam but they didn’t work. She put double cream into a bowl and added flour until it made a dough, kneaded it, but it wouldn’t roll out properly – “don’t speak to me” she said. Fell on deaf ears. She put the dough in the fridge and left the kitchen.


After the first attempt to rescue the disaster – letting the pastry rest in the fridge for an hour and realising that this was the wrong thing to do completely – Katrine added sugar, desiccated coconut and more (gluten free) flour and made ai caramba biscuits with coconut. She may have added an egg – I can’t remember.

Anyway she rolled them into balls squashed them with a fork, baked them and they were delicious. Light, crisp and crumbly. There was relief in the kitchen – though Endika (who had wanted the ai caramba with jam biscuits) had set off on his journey across the bay of Biscay to Spain so he didn’t get to eat these biscuits. Next time.


In spite of the emotional mayhem Federico pitched in admirably and even went swimming in the river ( it was quite cold) within hours of arriving, and then participated in removing ice cream by stealth at Arlo’s 2nd birthday tea.

He’ll be OK.





I think the ai caramba with jam biscuits didn’t work because Katrine used gluten free flour this time and last time used bog standard wheat flour.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 29, 2013 1:42 pm

    They sound delicious

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