I remember well, writing last years December editorial, and very much, like in the last and the previous years, I ask myself where time went. How quickly did the months pass and how distant are events that actually feel like they only just happened ‘yesterday’. I feel kind of old saying that; it’s usually something family elders point out, yet here I am, another year over, and oh boy what a year it has been. While previous years had a contemplative and regrettable feel to it, this one…well…
I have an inkling that many of you feel similar about this year and cannot wait for it to end. I very much share the sentiment that this years’ end is a strongly awaited symbolic finalization. At least, in a way I hope that the new year will be less confusing and unsettling.
That said, the last couple of days feel so much lighter…can you feel it too? I mean, it’s November as I am writing this, and I have already baked 5 different types of Christmas cookies..needless to say that the family has already been nibbling away at them, but, I am kind of in a cheerful mood, odd considering the circumstances that are upon us, and I have never started baking this early..and I have decided I am going to share two of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes with you. 🙂
400 gr. wheat or spelt flour
150 gr. powdered sugar
2 tsp of vanilla sugar/essence
1 pinch salt
300 gr. soft butter
4 Egg yolks (use the egg whites for another recipe 🙂 )
200 gr. ground hazelnuts or almonds
300 gr. currant, strawberry, blueberry, elderberry or orange jelly
Mix the flour and powdered sugar, add the vanilla sugar or essence, the pinch of salt, the soft butter, the 4 egg yolks and the ground hazelnuts or almonds. Knead this dough until all ingredients are evenly mixed and form a big ball that you place into a bowl, cover with some cling film. Store the dough in the refrigerator for one hour. Preheat the oven to 180 degr.C.. Prepare a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper and start shaping the cookies. Try forming equally sized little balls of dough about the size of walnuts and place them on the tray, leave about 2 cm between the balls. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to make an indentation in the centre of each each ball and fill this hole with the jelly of your choice. reduce the heat of the oven to about 160 degr.C. and place the tray into the centre of the oven. Bake the cookies for approx. 10 minutes. When they are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack.
FYI, the image is not of my own cookies… I took that from pixabay. It’s too late at my end of the world, as I am writing this, to get out a camera and build a fancy backdrop to showcase my bakery skills :-).
100 g chocolate (dark)
4 egg whites
200 g of sugar
a pinch of salt
250 g peeled and sliced almonds
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degr.C.. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and the sugar until they are stiff. Carefully fold the almonds and chocolate under the beaten egg whites. Using two small spoons form little cones and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake the macaroons for about 15-20 minutes. (This recipe can also be made with coconut instead of the almonds.
Happy Christmas baking! 🙂
If you would like to share your favourite cookie recipe… please do so in the comments below… I would love to try out some new recipes.
How about the New Year? Have you decided on any New Year resolutions yet? or anything exciting you want to do in the upcoming year? Take up a new sport, learn a new skill perhaps? I might be have something that may of interest to you. Would you like to learn ‘Medical Astrology’? HWC is running it’s first ever e-learning course, an introductory course into ‘The Basics of Astrology’. This is a prequel course to the upcoming ‘Medical Astrology’ course run by Dr. Erzsébet Túrós. The course encompassed 12 lectures that will teach indepth insights and skills of astrology. You can read more about the course here
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But now back to this current, the final issue of CLEVER H. of this year 2020.
We have some great articles in this issue looking at diverse topics:
An interesting mix of topics I think.
I hope you enjoy reading these articles.
Let me know in the comments below or in the respective articles what you think, and if you have ideas, suggestions or would like to get your case or articles published at Clever H. then please do get in touch at cleverh.themag(at)gmail.com
If you are interested and would like to chat, please do join me and Hannah Shalom for a Christmas ‘Virtual Coffee’ on Sunday the 13th of December at 10 am EST.
You can register for then Coffee here:
We will also inform on the coffee and other events on the HWC FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HomeopathyWorldCommunity
and on the FB page of CLEVER H.: https://www.facebook.com/cleverh.themag
Remains for me to say that I wish each and everyone of you a peaceful, uneventful December, blessed festivities if you are celebrating, and for us all an auspicious, happy and healthy New Year 2021!
Be blessed and take care