Saturday 3 November 2007

Jeremy’s Tasty Tiffin

Basic recipe (makes Aga ½ roasting tin / c. 8” square tin full)

  • 1 large (250g+) packet of Digestives or Rich Tea biscuits

Line tin with Bake-o-glide or grease well.

Break biscuits into small chunks (don’t crush – aim for lots of chunks, not lots of crumbs!) and put into a large mixing bowl.

  • 2 large handfuls of raisins, 2 of quartered glace cherries, ½ of mixed peel (or grated zest of one orange), 2 of coconut

Mix well in to the smashed biscuits

  • 100g butter, 4 tbs Golden Syrup, 200g chocolate, 1 tbs cocoa powder

Melt gently together in a saucepan.

Pour onto the dry ingredients and stir well to make sure the biscuits are coated and the fruit well distributed.

Spread into the tin and press well down – essential to make it cut well later!

Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Cut into squares or bars to taste


Florentine tiffin

Use soft brown sugar instead of chocolate in the mix; use 1 handful of halved almonds (or whole hazelnuts) instead of some of the fruit. After chilling for at least an hour melt 300g of chocolate in a bain marie and pour over the top. Return to the fridge to set.

Caribbean tiffin

Use half and half Golden Syrup and Black Treacle; instead of raisins use a mix of dried tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya).

My tiffin

This recipe is a great base to experiment! The only rule is to use dry ingredients in pieces of roughly the same size to make it easy to mix everything well. Let me know if you come up with a winning combination!

Monday 29 October 2007

I'm in my prime...

Strictly speaking I'm now in one of my primes, but am no longer the age (according to DNA001 mark one) of the answer.

Should have thought to get a picture of all of us at staircase fellowship group, but here is some evidence of festivities on 'H'.

Looking forward to cake at home later. (And backward to yesterday - when I had my camera but forgot to use it. Bah!)

By the way, I had the pleasure of leading 'alternative morning prayer' on the staircase last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed, except (note to self) with a little time pressure I cut the mention of King 'Cakes' Alfred, forgetting he was there in the collect.

Back at the farm, tooth fairies continue their raids.

Autumn continues to charm.

We continue to enjoy pleasant company.

Now, especially for you, David, some reading lists :)

One of my courses this term is Pastoral Skills for Mission and Ministry (I'll try and give you another later on): like a number of our courses, this is dual purpose, being a module of both the Anglia Ruskin University B.A. and the University of Cambridge BTh and CTM courses (same teaching, different assessment).

Key texts are

  • Fiddes, P (2000) Participating in God: A Pastoral Theology of the Trinity, London: DLT
  • Long, Anne (1990) Listening, London: DLT
  • Lynch, Gordon (2003) Pastoral Care and Counselling, London: Sage
  • Whitehead, J D and Whitehead, E (1995) Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry (Revised edition), Kansas City: Sheed and Ward
  • Woodward, J and Pattison, S (2001) Blackwell Reader in Practical and Pastoral Theology, Oxford: Blackwell
  • Willows and Swinton (2001) Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care, London: Jessica Kingsley

Plus I've borrowed

  • Graham, E, Walton, H and Ward, F (2005) Theological Reflection: Methods, London: SCM
  • Graham, E, Walton, H and Ward, F (2007) Theological Reflection: Sources, London: SCM