It's the 23rd of March and UK is suffering from severe weather, snow, sleet, wind and grey skies, frankly it's pretty pants! We should be wandering the streets enjoying the feeling of spring, sitting outside cafes and spending the afternoons in beer gardens. Instead, having spent the morning freezing at Borough Market , I am wrapped up in my flat. So I decided to cheer myself up by creating this lighthearted and short video of a family tradition - Gingerbread House! https://vimeo.com/61981749
Each year at Christmas, my Mum (with the aid of little helpers and sweet lovers) makes a Gingerbread House and we take it to Normandy, France where 20 of us spend Christmas at my Grandmother's House - La Maision Des Grandes Arbres.
We entertain ourselves with the obligatory debate about which day of the holiday the Gingerbread house should be eaten on (it's always after Christmas Day so as not to spoil one's appetite of course). This year, we couldn't wait any longer than was necessary and the house was descended upon just after boxing day lunch, before we went to visit the Tigers.
If you are wondering how you would eat a gingerbread house or are tempted to make one yourself, take a look at this video and see the smiles of delight on everyones faces! Trust me, this is well worth the effort of making one for your kids and not as hard as you might think. Feel free to contact me if you want to know how we make it. It's so much fun to go sweet shopping and choose different sweets for parts of the house or garden:
Mint Thins work really well as roof tiles
Toblerone for the fences
Walnut Whips as trees
Crushed boiled sweets as stained glass windows
Fun size chocolate bars to fill the house with more goodies
Flake for woodpile and axe
Battery powered fairy lights to give it a warm glow