Pizza Toast and Gingerbread Men

Last night, both of my daughters were invited to different ‘sleep overs’ with their friends.

It seemed very strange to see their beds empty and I missed them so much.  I suppose I was bound to miss them, as in fourteen years this has only happened once before.  I wondered if this empty feeling is how you feel when your children all finally leave the nest?

In the end, after much discussion, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to an evening in front of the TV, with a chinese takeaway.  We can’t usually have a takeaway, due to my youngest daughters dairy intolerance, which of course saves us money, but as she was away we thought it would be a really nice treat.

The takeaway totalled £14.20 for the two of us and it was really nice.  There was more than enough for two of us.  However, I felt really sick about an hour after eating it.   I don’t know if it was too fatty, or I ate too much, or something just didn’t agree with me, but I also felt ill all the way through the night.  As well, we both spent the whole night feeling thirsty, which must be due to the high salt content.  I wonder if our tastes have changed, as it’s so long since we have had a chinese takeaway?

So this morning I didn’t go to my allotment.

I always put my washing machine on very early in the morning, as we have ‘economy 7’.  This means that our electricy is cheapest for seven hours during the night.  So I make sure I also use my dishwasher, mobile phone chargers, etc. early in the morning for the same reason.

It was a beautiful sunny morning so when I started to feel better, I hung my washing out to dry.  This is something I always do unless it rains.

I love to see my washing drying outside on the line.  I don’t know why, but stupidly I always feel that everything is ok in the world when my washing is out.  It always smells so fresh when it’s dry and I find it easier to iron when it’s been on my line and not tumble dried (but it must be noted that my tumble drier isn’t very good).

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My youngest daughter then had her friends round for lunch.

Instead of making sandwiches, I made them all ‘pizza toast’.  It’s so easy to make and is a tasty quick lunch to have.

Pizza Toast

All you do is lightly toast some bread on both sides and then spread it with tomato puree.  Then put a covering of grated cheddar cheese on and a sprinkling of dried basil and oregano and toast it again until the cheese bubbles and melts.

The kids seemed to love it.

For pudding I made some gingerbread men.  Again they are very easy and the kids all seemed to enjoy them.  Below is how I made them.  I managed to make 17 men with my recipe:

Gingerbread Men Recipe

400g self raising flour

3 teaspoons of ground ginger

100g caster sugar

50g margarine

3 tablespoons of golden syrup

glace cherries and currants to decorate

Preheat your oven Gas 3 / 160C / 325F

Put the flour, and ginger in a bowl and mix

Warm the margarine, sugar and syrup over a low heat and when melted, add to the flour and ginger and mix well

Knead lightly with your hands and then roll out on a floured board.

Cut the shapes out with a cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.

Use currants for the eyes and buttons and a piece of glace cherry for the mouth, by pushing them into the uncooked biscuits

Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on their thickness.

Allow to cool on a wire rack

(the biscuits will be soft when they first come out of the oven, but will become stiff when they are cool)

**A good tip = heat your tablespoon before using it for the syrup, as it slides off the spoon easily when it is hot**

That’s it for today.

Thank you for reading my blog.

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10 thoughts on “Pizza Toast and Gingerbread Men

  1. Hi Lisa,
    I’m really enjoying your blog.
    I’ve started digging up my potatoes after our conversation the other day as there are definite signs of blight in them.
    Thanks for your tips and recipes.
    Debra ( from the allotment nearly opposite)

    • Hi Debra. Thanks for reading my blog. It’s such a shame about blight on your potatoes, I notice Phil has done the same as you, so he must have had blight too. Hopefully you have caught it early enough to save your potatoes.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by. I love reading blogs as you can learn so much from other people lives and I enjoyed reading yours.
      Thanks for the encouragement, as you never quite know what other people would like you to talk about.

  2. I know what you mean about drying washing on the line! Although I don’t have a tumble drier so my alternative is soggy washing around the house on a rack, not nice.

    • Hi Sara, I thought it was just me who felt this way about washing on my washing line lol. My husband thinks I’m mad. I don’t like to use my tumbledryer and it’s not very good anyway, but I find that even in winter I manage to dry my washing outside sometimes.

  3. First of all I like to say thank you for taking your time to stop in at blog.
    When both my son where in school and I had the whole place to my self I felt total lost. As when they leave the next altogether. I guess each day is different but what gives me a good feeling. They are mature and responsible people so there doing fine out in world.
    I haven’t made ginger-men or bread for ages.
    I see you hang your laundry to dry out to…Coffee is on.

  4. Hi lisa just to say thanks again for two recipes of ginger breadmen great hit with the family and the boys loved the pizza toast thought it was a great recipe also it was a huge hit with the children i look after they enjoyed making them and was so easy to make thanks again.

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