Coconut Biscuits And Remembering Our Gourmand Alice

You left us on a beautiful summer day this week-end. It was so special that Izzy and Little C were here to hug you and kiss you. The house was filled with flowers and candles, and oranges- all of which you adored. Little C baked a huge orange drizzle cake, and all your favourite people were here to share a slice.

Alice, you always found the flowers in the garden, where ever we lived, and would go over to stand near them. We have so many family snaps of you posing by the flowers…….


Alice amongst the flowers…..



Our Alice vigil



A candle for Alice


You also loved a good sausage, Dad maintains it was because of your German heritage. And croissants! Oh my! You knew exactly how many were on the table and what was left over, but  we always kept a portion for you….. Yes, you were a dog of good taste always, but your old age meant a much stricter diet. A far cry from early days in California where you started the day with a breakfast of cream cheese on toast,,,,

While I bake these coconut biscuits this evening, the kitchen is so quiet.  You usually make the rounds while I am in here, clattering through, nose to the ground, hovering any fallen crumb.  How I will miss your big, sweet presence, dearest Alice- you had a post at every home we lived in, where you could watch me in the kitchen. My true gourmand. May you start your mornings with a pile of croissants and eat many a fine sausage for dinner in doggie heaven. Adios, sweetest girl.


Our perfect sweet girl Alice


Comfort Coconut Biscuits

1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 egg
½ cup melted butter


  • Mix all ingredients together with a fork or wooden spoon.
  • Place teaspoons of the mixture onto buttered cookie sheet and bake for 12 mins at 180c depending on your oven.

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Lemony Snicket

I am reading through all my old recipe books right now because our supper club dinner is coming up, and this time the theme is Malaysian! ( No guesses on whose suggestion THAT was!) All those piquant sounding recipes made me crave something lemony and tangy for dinner. Watch out for some recipes from there soon! Perhaps I am also craving Malaysian food knowing Dad is with Nana and Papa right now in KL, probably enjoying some delicious home made samosas and muruku……..mmmmm.

I had some veal schnitzels, so doused them in a little rice flour and lots of lemon and barely grazed a frypan to cook them. Yummy and certainly very lemony and EASY.

To accompany, I thick sliced a couple of potatoes, half an onion, a small aubergine, and a couple of carrots.To cook these up as a great side for just about anything ( roast chicken, veal, or a juicy steak), heat a shallow saucepan with a tiny amount of cooking oil. I have started using coconut oil, reading about all its health benefits. Sautee these vegetables together on high to start with, beginning with the onions.  I also topped and tailed some French beans, and flash fried them. That was the green component of the meal!

Alice stood by hopefully-but Claudia snapped some quick pictures, and we ate the meal in a flash!