GingerDEAD Men

Hello Lovelies! Today’s post is all about gingerbread men, well, gingerDEAD men more like! My boyfriend’s sister bought me an awesome gingerbread man cookie cutter with a skeleton stamp for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Of course, you can make regular gingerbread people or any other shape you like with this recipe. I’ve never made vegan gingerbread before so I went to work researching different recipes and having a tinker. Here is what I came up with…

Makes about 8-10 cookies.

What you need:

250g plain flour

60ml black treacle

2 tbls vegetable oil

1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp nutmeg

1tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

60g vegan margarine

100g soft brown sugar

1-4 tbsp of vegan milk substitute

1 tube of white decorating icing

OR

75g of icing sugar mixed up with water to a thin-ish piping consistency

 

What to do:

1) In a bowl mix together the treacle and oil. Stir in the sugar until well combined.

 

2) Beat in the margarine until light, fluffy and pale.

3) In another bowl, sift together the flour, spices, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

 

4) Slowly add this to the wet mix bit by bit. Mixing with your hands to work into a dough as it gets drier. If you find that it’s not coming together very well, add a tablespoon of milk substitute at a time until you get a semi-sticky and firm dough. The mixture should come away from the sides of the bowl easily.

 

5) Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

 

Pre-heat oven to 180’c and line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper.

Cut 2 large square of baking paper to roll the dough between.

6) Unwrap the dough once chilled and roll out to 1cm thickness between the 2 large pieces of baking paper cut earlier.

 

7) Use your cutter to cut your gingerdead men, keeping them as close together as you can. Stamp each cookie firmly with the other side of the cutter (of course, you can leave this part out if you are making regular gingerbread people).

 

8) Use a small knife to take away the excess dough between the cookies and put aside to re-roll. Roll out the remaining dough and keep cutting cookies until it’s all used up.

9) Transfer cookies to the baking sheets and put in the oven, bake for 8-11 minutes (8 minutes for chewy, softer gingerbread and 10-11 minutes for a more traditional crunchy gingerbread).

 

10) Once baked, leave for 5 minutes to cool slightly and then transfer to a wire rack. While the cookies are still warm, pipe the icing into the stamped-out channel and allow the icing to melt slightly into all the nooks and crannies.

 

And that’s it, ready for nomming and great with a cup of tea as always.

I’m not sure if I’m 100% happy with my recipe, I think I will keep tinkering away until I think I’ve nailed it. I will then post my results again for you to try. In the meantime, let me know how you get on with this recipe. I’m always looking for suggestions to improve my recipes!

Happy baking :)

 

Halloween Party: A much deserved night off

Happy Halloween Lovelies! I hope you are getting up to mischief and mayhem on this day of death, mystery and horror. I love Halloween, it is my favourite time of year. Christmas can’t compete, yes, Yuletide has gifts and carols and lovey schmultzy stuff but Halloween has zombies, pumpkin carving and The Monster Mash! On Saturday I had a much deserved night off and headed to my favourite little club The Buffalo Bar with my boyfriend The Monster, to raise some hell and dance the night away.┬áThe night was put on by the Actionettes, the theme was 1960s B-Movies, right up my street! I had come home straight from giving a vintage hair and make-up demo so didn’t have much time to get ready, so my make-up wasn’t as elaborate as I’d have liked, nevermind. Here’s a wee look at the hair and make-up I did on myself and my boyfriend.

I wasn’t dressed as a particular character on the night. I wore a floor length black gown with leopard print heels and a necklace made of skulls. My inspiration was taken from Elvira and witch doctors. We were running late and didn’t have time to take proper photos before leaving the house, so I didn’t get a full length photo of the dress, but you can see my pale and gaunt looking face here at least! You can’t see very well but I also have really extreme black cat-eye make-up.

I wanted my hair to look like a spider’s nest so I beehived it and then wrapped it in green cobwebs. I put little black baby spiders all over my head, I think I creeped a few people on the Underground out with it! I then added a big glittery purple mummy spider in the very top of the hair do to look after her brood of creepy-crawly babies. I backcombed the heck out of my poor hair and used half a ton of super strong hair spray to keep it in check.

Brushing it out and washing it was pretty horrid but it was totally worth it. I was really pleased with the outcome. The green cobwebs contrasted nicely with my bright copper hair too. If only I could get away with hair like this every day but I think all that backcombing would destroy my mop, how did women do this every day? Their hair must have been frazzled!

I also did my partner’s hair and make-up. He was going for a Mad Scientist look and people kept quoting Doc from Back To The Future at him all night. I think he enjoyed dressing up and having his hair and make-up done. It’s a shame most men don’t get to enjoy the fun of cosmetics and hair styling like us women do, which I think is unfair but maybe one day things will change.

Here is Monster on the tube on the way to the party. His hair had a ton of hairspray in it aswell and it felt icky! I dusted lots of talc into in to make it greyer and so he smelled like my Lush Vanilla Puff talc all night, teehee. I also paled out his face and contoured in some deep shadows to make his cheeks look hollow and his eyes sunken and tired.

Here’s another photo of Monster with his trusty side-kick Hubert the Lab rat on his shoulder. You can really see the contouring in this photo. I still fancied the pants off him, even looking like this. But then one of my first crushes was Jonny Depp as Edward Scissorhands so I guess I just have a thing for pale and interesting men. Hubert didn’t require any styling as he already has that scruffy street rat look down. He kept disappearing all night and we soon found out what he was up to….

He was busted drinking from ‘ glasses on the bar. Naughty lab rat! He seemed to like the Kraken Rum best, with disastrous yet predictable results…

…Totally piddled and unable to get up. He was in a sorry state in the morning but no one was feeling sympathy for the dirty little rat!

So, all in all a rather fabulous night full of madness, mayhem, blood shots, great music and limbo dancing. I’m already deciding what to wear next year!