Fiesta Friday #13 & A Random Moment of Delight #17

This week I am combining two challenges/events, those being:

Fiesta Friday, started, managed, hosted etc by Angie from the Novice Gardener.


Random Moments of Delight, hosted, commented on by Meghan aka Firebonnet.

Now we all like a party & thinking back on those wonderful moments in our lives that make us smile right?

So without further ado, I introduce Angie and all you Fiesta party goers to Meghan and all her wonderful moment of delight participants.

random moments of delightFor those of you who might be wondering what Random Moments of Delight is about, let me explain.  It’s an event that forces one to look back at ones week to find a moment that made one smile, a chuckle, or an “ahh” moment.

I think it’s important to record these moments, hence I always enter this event.  There are hardly any rules, hence artistic license is given.  It can be anything, a poem, a photo, a story, whatever, posted to link back to Meghans blog on her linsky on Sundays, then keep it for prosterity.  Go on give it a go you know you want to!

For all you part goers, maybe you met a new friend, had a horrendous hangover and had a moment of delight when someone presented you with a “hair of the dog“, if so, jot it down so all of us, including nosy me can see what it was…hehe  (Yah I am super nosy, but I also like to smile at other people’s joy). 

What was my Random Moment of Delight

Slimey alien appendages

Slimey alien appendages

I was going to present to you things like my joy at  making bogey monsters with slime appendages with my sons, but nah I thought I won’t disturb my viewers this week, they had enough from my crap journey.  Let’s move on to something nice….drum roll!!!!!!

My savoury moment of delight does tie up with Fiesta Friday.  On my way back from holiday we pulled in to a service station.  In there they had books for sale, I spotted two cook books.  Confession time, I actually have hundreds literally, no joke, of cook books, many of them old favorites from my mother who was the most amazing cook.  Mainly they shamefully gather dust.

However, I couldn’t resist these two, £5 each, they were:

Cupcakes & Afternoon Teas by Antony Wild & Carol Pastor (160 deletectable teatime cakes & treats)

036What drew me to this book apart from the amazing photography, was it gives such a variety of things.  Starting with a history of the art of tea from around the world, different styles,ceremonies,  how to brew, what to use, etiquette.

I am a real tea lady, yes you wouldn’t imagine it.  But I have my fine china, an eclectic array of cups and saucers in fact busting from my cupboards plus a huge array of beverages.

It then moves on to baking techniques, so for dunces like me I can actually learn what I am supposed to do.There are some savory recipes, but mainly sweet, but an absolutely huuuuuge array and all look fairly easy to do.  A definite must to add to your book collection.

My youngest chose something to make out of this book which you will find in the Fiesta Friday entry below.

Classic Baking ~ As good as it was today as it was then ~ recipes by Angela Drake

037This book is full of traditional and up to date baking.  All sweet from what I can see, from breads, cakes, tarts, it has a wealth of different things to conjer up in the kitchen.

My eldest has chosen something from here to bake for another week.

So now I have a huge stash of things to amaze and wow you with each Fiesta Friday (gulps).

A couple of the names that made me smile were double Chocolate Blondies, who wants that? Or gooseberry cream cake, anyone find that enticing?


Now my Fiesta Friday entry

I have decided to give my children and myself the treat of choosing recipes from my new books and eventually attempting to work through my old books to bring them out of the dust pile.  My youngest chose something quite simple that we could make in the time alloted.

We had great fun and they tasted fab, really did.  They had that melt on the tongue feel and giving a hint of indulgence.

As always I like to include a little gallery of our efforts, if you scroll over each they have captions, or better still click one and it will bring up a large size gallery ~

Jam Biscuits

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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These buttery cookies are an absolute classic.  Sandwiched with buttercream and a generous dollop of strawberry jam, they  make a perfect treat for an afternoon tea.

Ingredients for the biscuit

  • 225g/8oz/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 175g/6oz/3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 130g/4 1/2oz/2/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (I used 1 1/2 actually adding extra when mixing if the consistency doesn’t seem right)

Ingredients for the filling

  • 50g/2oz/1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, diced
  • 130g/4 1/2oz/generous 1 cup icing (confectioners) sugar
  • 60-75ml/4-5 tbsp strawberry jam


  1. Put the flour and butter in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  2. Add the sugar and egg yolks and process until the mixture starts to form a dough
  3. Turn out on to a floured surface and knead until smooth.  Shape in to a ball, wrap in clear film (plastic wrap) and chill for at least 30 minutes
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F(Gas4.  Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  5. Roll out the dough thinly on a lightly floured surface and stamp out rounds using a 6cm/2 1/2in cookie cutter.  Re-roll the trimmings and cut out more rounds until you have 40 or an even numbers.
  6. Place ball of cookie rounds on a prepared baking sheets.  Using a small heart-shaped cutter, about 2cm/ 3/4in in diameter, cut out the centres of the remaining rounds.  Place these rounds on the second baking sheet.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes until pale golden, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to go completely cold.
  8. To make the buttercream filling beat together the butter and icing sugar until smooth and creamy.
  9. Using a metal spatula, spread a little buttercream on to each whole cookie.  Spoon a little jam on to the buttercream, then gently press the cut-out cookies on top, so that the jam ills the heart-shaped hole.

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  52 comments for “Fiesta Friday #13 & A Random Moment of Delight #17

  1. April 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Ive made those cookies before. LOVE them…except I hate strawberry jam–I used raspberry. And tea. I love the tea. Me and my son got obsessed one year about three years ago…I have a cupboard dedicated to our tea. I even have a tea set that I inherited from my grandma that we use for testing out new flavors. So far, nothing beats English Breakfast w/ a little cream.


    • April 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Oh tea is great, it should always be a ceremony even if small. It takes me somewhere else, I love it. I am trying out different teas, I am a green tea snob and only like a specific type and it has to be brewed exactly right. Other than that it is earl grey but i do have it with milk 🙂


      • April 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Yeah, Im a green tea fan too. And earl grey is fabulous..thats my daughters favorite. Try Vanilla Chai if they have it there…its fantastic too!


        • April 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

          oh i just might have to. I just discovered a great proper rosehip one, don’t get flavoured rubbish, this is the real macoy x


  2. April 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Oh, how you make me miss baking with children! Priceless moments to fill the memory bank. 🙂 The cookies look delicious. Thanks for bringing them to Fiesta Friday so I didn’t have to fight the dogs to get scraps from the floor!


    • April 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Haha yes i have to lock them up, omg they get underfoot…they were locked up soon after the photo lol x


      • April 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Yes, but they can save you a lot of time… a lot less sweeping the floor. 😉


  3. April 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Justine…I would like to make this post my very own “random moment of delight” because it made me happy. What a beautiful and happy post.

    I can see why you chose those cookbooks, I wouldn’t have been able to pass them up either! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that you let your kids choose recipes from the books to post. That totally warms my heart. And…I must say, a most wonderful choice in cookies…the most beautiful cookies that I have ever seen really…they look like they could have come from a bakery! I’m certain were just as delicious…

    Thank you for bringing these cookies to Fiesta Friday to share with all of us! They were the perfect choice.. a wonderful treat! I know that everyone will love this post, and the cookies! ❤


    • April 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Hey thank you for such a lovely lovely comment, really made me smile 🙂 Yes I love cooking with my children but must admit to feeling nervous letting them chose what to cook and oh boy you should see what my 11 yr old chose i nearly fainted. I mean oh my it looks good but goodness me cokoing it? It is a cake and we are meant to do it this weekend so you know what will head your way next Friday success or not lol xx


      • April 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        That’s awesome… I love it! How else will they learn? And if it isn’t a success… That only leads to smiles and happy memories years down the road… This is a wonderful thing you’re doing… Two very lucky, lucky kids.. 🙂


  4. April 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Justine….what a great idea to let your children pick out different things that you guys will cook over time! Love it! These look yummy! I love jam! Mix it with cookies…wow!


    • April 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      He he they were so yummy I just gave the last two to my Alexander teacher and he loved them! My eldest has chosen a rather adventurous cake for this weekend omg faints!!


      • April 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Hehehe….you can do it! Can’t wait to see the cake!


        • April 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM



          • April 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

            How do you make your smiley face have teeth? 🙂


            • April 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

              so a cap D..I was going to say i blow a kiss at it haha


              • April 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

                LOL! Okay, going to try it now… 😀

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              • April 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

                It worked! It worked! Thanks Justine! 😀


            • April 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

              hey lori i just tried out the texture you so kindly did, I think it matches dont you? It’s on my vagina re blog where I thought I would test it. I was going to say I tested it on the vagina but that might come out wrong, oh dear. Anyway my theme oddly seems to have put a border around it…sheesh…when you want it not to do something it does and when you do it doesnt lol xx Looks good dont you think?


              • April 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

                LOL….that is too funny Justine! I will check it out right now!


              • April 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

                Yes, matches perfectly to the background! I wonder why it put the border around it…must have something to do with the theme. Looks good even with the border though! I like it! Would you like anything changed? Different font? Different colors? Let me know!


                • April 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

                  I think it looks graceful. Usually I am in your face jovial and funky so this makes a nice elegant change for me hehe…thank you lori i really appreciate it 🙂 xxxx


                  • April 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

                    So glad you like it! When you want to change it up (always fun to change) then let me know and I can make something different for you.


        • April 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

          Oh my i am cooking was sooo hard and is wobbly 😦 really not sure it is meant to look like this and took me omg 2 hours or more arggh…faints


          • April 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

            How did it end up coming out? I have definitely had those rough cooking adventures….2 hours..that’s a long time. Hope you could sit for some of that!


            • April 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

              heh it was ermmmm like a volcano you will see this Friday lol


              • April 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

                🙂 I can’t wait!


  5. April 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    So lovely that you let the kids pick the recipes! They are very lucky to have you as an awesome mom! These cookies look wonderful!


    • April 25, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      awe thank you i think i am the lucky one… eldest hwoever chose a really tricky cake to make this weekend..faints


  6. April 25, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    They look great, Justine. Super! 🙂


  7. April 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Simply wonderful Justine! Thank you so much for combining our challenges. What a perfect way too. I know what you mean about cook books gathering dust! Even the one’s on my Kindle are gathering virtual dust. 😉 Those cookies look so yummy… I shouldn’t have read your post right after work and before dinner! xoxoxo


    • April 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Hah well we are making a cake at the moment, my eldests choice oh boy its hard. You should join in to FF sometime I know Angie who hosts FF says she has been meaning to join your event ❤


      • April 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        I’m doing some planning out my next month, I’m not sure what it will bring, but perhaps a little FF would be a good thing!


  8. April 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    These jam biscuits look great Justine. Brought back some childhood memories. Gonna try making them soon with my daughter 🙂


  9. April 28, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    I love all your photos in this post, Justine!! What a happy family you have!!


    • April 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      thank you I have started Macro Monday too, do you just do it on your own? We should share each others posts on Macro Monday, actually if I put your post on mine, mine will pale in to insignificance haha…nah seriously I shall have to think about that, maybe you could be a guest poster on my Macro Monday one week? What do you think about that? 🙂


      • April 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Awesome, Justine! Yes, I just do it on my own. I’m about to leave for work and my post is scheduled to go live in a couple hours. Lemme know how you want to link up with each other!


        • April 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

          Okies will do…need to work it out, looking forward to seeing your post


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