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Rainbow sugar cookies

When my cousin asked for rainbow cupcake for her 16th birthday, I got really excited, eager to give it a go. I never got around to it, what with my own birthday party planning, and her mom ended up making her a gorgeous and massive rainbow layer cake. I still hadn’t given her a birthday present yet, so I was still keen to do my baking bit. I decided cookies were just as good as cupcakes.

I went with a simple sugar cookie recipe, making sure it was the kind that asks you to “chill” your dough (wanting a more stable roll-able mix) – I wanted to roll my dough up and cut cookies as slices of the sausage. This only kind of worked…

Guess what? There's a pretty large amount of sugar in sugar cookies. Although, adding a little bit more doesn't hurt either

Guess what? There’s a pretty large amount of sugar in sugar cookies. Although, adding a little bit more doesn’t hurt either

I separated my basic sugar cookie dough into four doughballs, and worked on colouring them, which proved to be a bit of a messy challenge, but was rather therapeutic, and they came out beautiful in the end.

Brightly coloured balls of dough, waiting to be baked together into deliciousness

Brightly coloured balls of dough, waiting to be baked together into deliciousness

I used two different methods to make my cookies, and I definitely preferred the more simple one, because it was A) easier, and B) looked prettier because there was more of an even distribution of colour, rather than mostly green.

In the first method, I took half of each colour, and I rolled it out flat. I placed the layers on top of one another, rolled it together some more, and then rolled it all up into a great big sausage, ready to be chilled.

It looks really weird because I kind of got over this method halfway through when one of the layers tore a little bit,

It looks really weird because I kind of got over this method halfway through when one of the layers tore a little bit. So basically this picture represents failed attempt #1

After chilling, I sliced it up, and placed it on the baking tray, ready to be baked. It was at this point that I realised that they were too green.

Cookies waiting to be baked. I didn't let it chill for long enough, so they got flattened a bit as I sliced them

Cookies waiting to be baked. I didn’t let it chill for long enough, so they got flattened a bit as I sliced them

The baked and finished product with this method wasn’t too bad, but by the time I had retrieved these, I was already in love with the other batch.

The baked spiral cookies still look pretty exciting

The baked spiral cookies still look pretty exciting

I would definitely make the layers thicker next time (if I attempted this method again) so that there is a fat layer of each colour as it spirals. Like the delicious biscotti’s you get with coffee.

My second attempt just basically had me taking a pinch of each colour, and mushing it together so that you can see a lot of each colour. This was a faster method, and it looks far prettier.

Rainbow cookies attempt #2 look much more rainbow-y and delicious as well. Proof that simpler is often better

Rainbow cookies attempt #2 look much more rainbow-y and delicious as well. Proof that simpler is often better

Rainbow Cookies Recipe (original sugar cookie recipe found here)

Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cups softened butter
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4x 2 tsp of your chosen food colouring colours

 

Method

  1. Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add vanilla extract and eggs, mixing well
  3. Mix in the baking powder, salt and flour. You should be left with a fairly crumbly mixture that will stick together much more easier once the food colouring is added.
  4. Separate dough into 4 batches
  5. Add chosen colour to each batch, mixing in each colour into its batch well and washing hands between batches. The crumbly mixture will become more dough-like as you are mixing it.
  6. Chill dough balls for half an hour
  7. Either roll dough out and form layers that are rolled up into a sausage to be chilled for an hour, OR take a pinch of dough, about the size of a cherry from each coloured batch, and squish together, making sure the colours don’t blend together. This can be done by rolling colours all together into one ball and pressing flat to the size of the cookie that you want. Place these on a baking tray and chill for an hour
  8. Place cookies into a preheated oven at 200 degrees C, and bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool

 

Note: My gran finds that our oven takes forever to cook things (I think she’s crazy), so your time may be shorter than mine. Just keep an eye out that the edges of your cookies don’t start to go too brown (this could ruin the rainbow effect completely — have you ever seen a rainbow with brown in it?)

 

Twing – the only real sushi restaurant in town

Bear with me on the title as it is not the only place in Grahamstown that one can buy sushi from, but it is the only restaurant where sushi is their key dish, their initial reason for existing. That is, until I discovered their deep fried ice cream with is heaven in a bowl, drizzled with condensed milk. It is the best desert I have ever had, end of story. And then there are a couple prologues where I go into pecan nut tarts and cheesecakes and other puddings that blow me away, but we won’t go into that just yet.

Chop sticks are great, aren't they?

Chop sticks are great, aren’t they?

We will return to the sushi. I was never a fan of sushi, up until about a year ago, when I decided that I needed to get over my allergy to fish, and broaden my culinary horizons. My first sushi sample was average. My second followed suit. It was only on my third attempt that I really started to appreciate the delicacy, now that I was over the really weird texture and rather fishy flavour that I just wasn’t used to in general. But from that day, I was sold, a true fan. Condemned to a town where the only place worth buying sushi from (where I have not heard reports of people falling ill from eating the sushi) is Twing.

Maki Monday: an assortment of Maki as a special

Maki Monday: an assortment of Maki as a special

Twing has a great look about it. It has expanded into a separate upstairs and downstairs, where the latter hosts the cool green sushi bar, and the upstairs provides a comfortable setting for other Eastern delights, such as dim sum, soups, and noodles. I absolutely love noodles, and Twing Wok (the upstairs section) offers a wide range of noodle and rice dishes, with a number of different sauce options as well; one is truly spoiled for choice. And it tastes pretty wonderful too, as long as bitter taste of the price doesn’t ruin your appetite.

Noodles are the greatest! Here is a sample of chicken noodles in "Japanese" (soy) sauce (left) alongside the pork with fried rice (right)

Noodles are the greatest! Here is a sample of chicken noodles in “Japanese” (soy) sauce (left) alongside the pork with fried rice (right)

A similar thing can be said for the sushi: they most certainly have the monopoly for sushi suppliers in Grahamstown, and they exploit that extensively: it is nearly double the price of most sushi in Johannesburg, and about two thirds of the size. This is disappointing, but when you need your sushi fix, and if you can afford it, it really is worth it.

Teeny fix of sushi goodness

Teeny fix of sushi goodness

What is also really great about Twing, is that they deliver. They do free delivery, and they even bring their card machine, which makes it really easy and convenient to buy lots of delicious sushi. It’s a great service.

Salmon California rolls are probably my favourite

Salmon California rolls are probably my favourite

Sushi in general is an expensive venture, wherever you decide to enjoy it, and if you happen to be in Grahamstown, then Twing is a good idea if you need that fix. If you aren’t a fan of sushi, their noodles and rice dishes are also really delicious, so treat yourself to some prawns with udon noodles and Chinese sweet and sour sauce – totally worth it.

Lovely assortment of salmon samples: fashion sandwiches, California rolls, and Delux rainbox rolls

Lovely assortment of salmon samples: fashion sandwiches, California rolls, and Delux rainbow rolls