There’s a change in the air, you can smell it. Fresh growth is sprouting under the weak sunshine and the birds in the garden are busy collecting nesting materials. The domestic birds: Verity, Scootaloo, Meg and Moriarty, can feel it too and laying is in full swing. Visitors are compelled to leave with half a dozen eggs whether they like it or not.
Do you know what really yanks my chain? The way simple seasonal things have been annexed by popular celebrations. Chocolate eggs are for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween, turkey and cranberries for Christmas, anything red, white and blue is “patriotic”. Well I want them when I want them and refuse to be tied down by man made traditions, so there (raspberry noise)!
Inspired by the busy bird life outside the kitchen window I wanted to made birds nest biscuits (cookies, for any American readers). You probably already have recipes for shortbread and chocolate crispy cakes So go rootle them out and gather the ingredients. You will also need a bag of marshmallows (the proper ones, not Flumps) and about 200g of chocolate mini eggs.
Birds Nest Biscuits
A batch of round shortbread bicuits (I used about 10, with some left over)
A batch of chocolate cornflake or rice crispy cake mix
Chocolate mini eggs
Bake the shortbread until pale gold in colour. Cut some marshmallows in half and put half a mallow on each biscuit. Pop them back in the oven for a couple of minutes until the mallow has melted slightly. Put them on a wire rack to cool.
Prepare the chocolate cornflake mix. Put a large spoonful of mixture on top of each biscuit, covering the marshmallow. Press three chocolate eggs on top of each one and leave till the chocolate has set.
Don’t do what I did and try to melt all of the marshmallows at once in a saucepan. You will never get the resulting sticky mess as far as the biscuits; have you ever read the story of Brer Rabbit and the tar baby? Need I say more!
Did you know?: The reason that so many flags are red, white and blue is because indigo blue and the colour known as “Turkey Red” were the only reliably colourfast dyes until chemical dyes were invented in the 1800’s.