In the middle of Winter, it is a common to see the sight of early Spring bulbs blooming in the garden. My snowbells [Leucojum Aestivum] (or it is often called snowflakes) and jonquils [Narcissus Jonquila] have been becoming parts of the season. My daffs are still growing, springing up, ready for a display in time. Perhaps the earth is warming up, that makes all the bulbs are growing happily.
I have finished planting garlic and tulips, have pruned my roses, have cut back the raspberry bushes, and have divided plus replanted strawberry plants. I made another strawberry patch, given that they really did well in Summer this year, hopefully they'll do another good job next year. John had pruned some of the plum trees and have prepared more beds for vegetables in the vegetable garden. I have claimed one of the beds to be planted with herbs and mixed greens. I also need to grow more coriander this year as I'm running out of annual supply.
We're still enjoying kiwifruits. Nothing else than a homegrown, really. Tastes so much better, much sweeter. I almost can smell the scent in the air when I went out to the driveway to get to our mailbox. It's the scent of nature.
With the weather still unpredictable, we almost are tucked in inside each day. Spending time inside, doing what we're doing. Baking with children, mostly. We just baked anything, from pizza to biscuits. They just love it, so why not make the most of it?
It is the Oreo Biscuits we've made recently. Started by Sofie with a discussion in the KBB mailing list about dark cocoa powder, specially made for Oreo (perhaps that is the dark colour it represents?), the topic then was shifted with a challenge to make the homemade version of Oreo biscuits. I am not sure if I have ever seen any black powder for Oreo biscuits before. It is not dark, but black, for I still can use Dutch cocoa powder which I believe can make goodies look much darker than the usual ones if it is only 'dark'.
One question: how did they make Oreo biscuits so dark? Is the black colour coming from a food colouring or do they use this black cocoa powder? Anyone knows?
Anyway, despite of having that magical black cocoa powder, I just use Nestle cocoa powder. I have got one thing on my mind, if they got it black, then I will use black food colouring. So, I made two batches. One batch use no food black colouring, and the other one does.
You can see the colour difference from the photo above. Not significant, really. And I prefer the ones without food colouring. The thing when added the food colouring, they look really like the original ones, see the photo below.
Apparently, my children don't fancy them. They never have been given any Oreo in their whole life, with the concern of the content of sugar they may have. By baking myself, I can reduce the amount of sugar.
The wafers taste rather salty, which is a good way in combination with sweet filling. And how did I eat it? Precisely.
Now, are you tempted to make these your own? Please, visit Smitten Kitchen for the recipe.