A bonus bake of the week this week as I decided to make some Earl Grey Tea Biscuits to mark the 16th October. I have seen this recipe on a number of blogs, such as here, and knew that it was what I wanted to bake today. Unfortunately the biscuits turned out tough and inedible, and I don't know what went wrong. It gave me a good excuse to cry anyway.
The 16th October is a sad day for me, as three years ago one of my very closest friends took her life after a long battle with depression. Autumn has always been my favourite time of year, but it has been tinged with sadness over the last 3 years as I remember Emily. Emily was a great reader and a great baker, and gave me a wonderful book of muffins, as well as Clare Morrall's Astonishing Splashes of Colour, (almost the last time anyone risked giving me a novel) and a fantastic greetings card with the motto "There's no such thing as too many books" (see below). At school I remember surreptitiously swapping Chalet School books, wrapped up in carrier bags because we were embarassed to still be reading them aged 14! She then introduced me to the children's author Hilary McKay whose books such as Saffy's Angel and Indigo's Star were such comfort reads; I was devastated when I realised that she would never read the last books in the series. She used to regularly visit me when I worked in the public library and I would invariably have to renew the books she had borrowed when she forgot to return them. Her beverage of choice was Earl Grey tea, and it is something I always drink when I visit her Mum. So the Earl Grey tea biscuits seemed appropriate. I'm undecided as to whether or not she would have approved of them; I remember her eating flapjack and muffins with her tea and wonder whether she might have considered it a desecration of her tea-leaves. But I shall light a candle tonight, and I might get out Astonishing Splashes of Colour or one of the Hilary MacKay novels tonight to remember her.