Messy Wednesdays Sheep biscuits

To celebrate what has been an excellently grounding and sensible Messy Tuesday, I decided to make messy sheep biscuits for my packed lunch tomorrow. Unfortunately this creative spree lasted beyond midnight, making the sheep Messy Wednesdays Sheep rather than Messy Tuesdays Sheep. But I am sure you will think the lack of sleep worthwhile when you contemplate the tempting beauteousness!

These biscuits are made using this basic biscuit mix by Nigella of Domestic Goddess-ness, but then I added some dessicated coconut and poppyseeds to the mix, for a speckled, mucky fleece kind of an effect. I then unleashed my sheep-shaped cookie cutter on the dough and baked the resulting flock of biscuits in the oven for the right amount of time.

Then I mixed some yogurt, dessicated coconut and icing sugar together, to form what was supposed to be a thick and lumpy, fleece-like icing mixture of delight. Unfortunately it didn’t come out like this at all; instead I got a runny trickle of extremely messy icing, which immediately smothered my entire life in a fine film of sticky sugar.

I hope that a night in the fridge will firm up the insane icing. It was my idea that the dessicated coconut would give the icing a fleecy texture but I fear the actual result will just be a lot of blobs of sticky icing turning up in the kitchen area for weeks to come.

I am thinking about sheep a lot today as I reorganise my articles and writings for this following on from the writings I did in this month’s edition of this. I am also editing a field-recording show for Resonance FM’s amazing Framework programme this weekend, which will mostly use the wool-related sounds that I have been gathering over the past few months of field-recording. Going through all the materials has taken me back to fields, fires, marshes, seasides, beaches and pastures and has left me with wonder at the ability of sound to take you back in time so totally.

My sheep biscuits are not nearly as handsome as this fine fellow, but hopefully the flavour of the mischievous coconut icing will make up for that.

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