I hate ironing, I buy clothes that I don’t have to iron, because I don’t enjoy all the ironing. I iron Tim’s work shirts though, call me mad. I have noticed that the kids are now producing little ironing piles of their own, how old do you think they should be before I teach them how to iron, then I can relinquish the chore that I dislike, almost as much as cleaning the oven.
This morning how ever, I pulled out the iron and I love it. Granted it wasn’t the Steam Iron, it was the Gem Iron. I have looked for one online for ages, and you know, they are so expensive these days. You pay well in excess of $60 for a good cast iron gem iron, I’m going to start scouring the second hand shops for a decent one. In the mean time, I have “borrowed” Mum’s. Borrowed meaning that I have asked if I can have it on the proviso that is she needs it I can give it back, I like these kind of arrangements. While her’s isn’t cast iron, it is still heavy metal, and produces pretty good results.
I have wanted to play with gems for a while, that beautiful crispy outside that the iron produces, and beautiful either light or dense cake (depending on the recipe) combination is to die for. I have dreams of making passionfruit, lemon, citrus apple and chocolate gems, though I’m sure none will come close to the ginger gems of my childhood, but one can only hope. I noticed a few months back when I was looking through all of Nan’s recipe books that there were a lot of gem recipes in there. I’m thinking that I will try and find a really stable base recipe, and then start playing with the flavors.
In the mean time, here is my first attempt, not ginger gems, but coffee gems, and they are gorgeous!
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