Get­ting sweet and spicy

These cookies can ei­ther be an in­dul­gent treat, or you could give them as a Christ­mas present

Canal Boat - - Cooking: Back Cabin - Vicky Blick

On a boat, where con­serv­ing elec­tric is sec­ond na­ture, it seems nat­u­ral to go to bed with the moon and rise with the sun – which usu­ally means an early start to the day. And now that the days are long, we seem to be get­ting up even ear­lier.

Maybe it’s just me, but as I get older, I seem to need less sleep and wel­come the chance to be out and about while oth­ers are still snug­gled in bed. Brian the dog isn’t of the same mind though. I have to drag him off for his walk and no sooner than he’s seen to his ablu­tions, he is want­ing to re­turn to his bed.

With an early rise, ‘cake o’clock’ be­comes an even more im­por­tant punc­tu­a­tion in the day. The Cap­tain has a sweet tooth and so I try to make sure that there is cake or bis­cuit lurk­ing in a cup­board some­where. Usu­ally our snack­ing is of the healthy na­ture but I must ad­mit, we do stray oc­ca­sion­ally into a sugar overload and this is an easy trap to fall into.

For that rea­son we down­loaded the ‘sugar app’ so that when we go shop­ping we can zap a bar­code on a prod­uct and be in­stantly warned off buy­ing it be­cause of the mass of sugar cubes it con­tains. Ce­real is one of the worst of­fend­ers and it’s shock­ing to think that many peo­ple dish out their break­fast then spoon even more sugar on top.

It really is about time the sugar con­tent of foods was reg­u­lated by law. Over the years, the na­tion’s sweet tooth has been pan­dered to but now we re­alise that, with our seden­tary life­styles, we have a mas­sive prob­lem in so­ci­ety with obesity, es­pe­cially in chil­dren.

There is no need for food to con­tain so much sugar.

Hav­ing said that, I’m afraid we do in­dulge in the oc­ca­sional guilty plea­sure and these gin­ger cookies are one of them. ‘Moder­a­tion in all things’ as my dear old dad used to say. And while these cookies are def­i­nitely an in­dul­gent treat, they could also be made to give as a gift for Christ­mas – just find a cheery sea­sonal box to put them in.

I sup­pose I could say that I am up­hold­ing the anti sugar cam­paign be­cause I have cut out the ac­tual ‘sugar’ in this recipe com­pletely – but it does have honey AND trea­cle and you will see that it is still per­fectly sweet enough, even for my Cap­tain.

‘Al­though I have cut out the ac­tual “sugar” in this recipe, it does have honey and trea­cle and is still per­fectly sweet enough’

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