Getting sweet and spicy
These cookies can either be an indulgent treat, or you could give them as a Christmas present
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’