Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Gift Suggestions

Christmas Gift Suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness. 

To an opponent, tolerance. 
To a friend, your heart. 
To a customer, service. 
To all, charity. 
To every child, a good example. 

To yourself, respect

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Date Squares

You will need:
  • 1 packet Marie biscuits (200 gram) 
  • 100 ml sugar 
  • 250 gram chopped dates 
  • 115 gram butter 
  • 1 egg, whisked 
  • 1 teaspooon vanilla essence or brandy 
  • Desiccated coconut to coat the squares
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons glazed cherries-in-brandy, quartered 
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts 
  • Desiccated coconut to coat the squares
How to:
  1. Crush the biscuits into fingernail-size pieces. 
  2. Melt the butter and the sugar. Add the dates and simmer until the mixture is soft and mushy. 
  3. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool down a somewhat. 
  4. If you want to add cherries, do it now. 
  5. Add whisked egg and vanilla and mix. 
  6. Add crushed biscuits and mix. 
  7. Spread mixture into a lined container (we used a 150mm x 260mm brownie pan lined with foil). 
  8. Refrigerate for a few hours and cut into small squares.
-  Served as is, or cover in coconut to prevent the squares from sticking to each other.
-  Can be frozen.
-  We keep glazed cherries, half-covered with brandy, in a glass screw-top jar in the fridge. Using these cherries enhance the date square's flavour in a spectacular fashion.