Thursday, May 19, 2011
I was looking for something sweet to make to have with a cup of tea and came across this recipe in my folder. I typed it up many years ago when I began collecting recipes in preparation for one day not having mum's treasure chest constantly on hand. Before making it again recently I skyped dad to clarify who Grandma Tui was. She was my dad's grandma or my grandma's mum and she and her husband my great-grandfather did visit us once in Australia when my sister and I were little.
There is something so special about family recipes. I even remember making this with my grandma in New Zealand about 10 years (or more) ago. A Tui is a pretty bird native to New Zealand so I think it is such a precious name as well. I left the icing off as they are sweet enough without it and I like the biscuits a little bit chunky. I also had trouble buying plain biscuits here but any type would do. This has been such a hit with everyone lately that I think I will keep my biscuit and walnut supplies on hand so it can be made at the drop of a hat.
...Josh thought I should point out that this recipe contains no flowers contrary to the photos. These pansies on our windowsill have such cheery faces I wanted to show you and I picked an Iris and buttercups from the garden this morning.
Here are some Tui's. The second one even has instructions if you'd like to have a go at making it origami style. People are just amazing aren't they!
Tui pictures by Neil and Doron
And lastly, here is a funny clip about a Tui that can talk (it's real!)
Posted by Sharolyn Newington at Thursday, May 19, 2011