whenever you explain that london is your favorite 'food-city', people look at you funny (that is, if they aren't both, foodies and london-fans, which is not a combination of traits you'd find as often as you'd think). clearly, those people have never been to the right places to east! i'm not even only talking about the - vastly creative and inspired - new, exotic cuisines that are popping up everywhere. i'm talking about the traditional english food, too. like mint sauce, roasts or puddings. and flapjacks. flapjacks are in any case the best thing of them all. the americans might think it's a granola bar in disguise. and they're probably not entirely wrong (anyone here to object? i mean, somehow with a say in flapjacks, obviously?).
ps: this is our new (shriek with joy at this point) dining table! it is old and shabby looking and laaaarge. it's a pleasure to shoot food on it (and eat it, afterwards). there will be more occasions to show it off, properly. for now let me just boast a bit, if you don't mind?
flapjacks (something like a granola bar)
recipe adapted from here
300 g unsalted butter
75 g demerara sugar
120 g golden syrup
250 jumbo rolled oats
200 g small oats
1 pinch salt
preheat the oven to 150 degrees c (if you want them soft & chewy, like i do. otherwise turn up the heat a little). line a baking sheet with parchment paper. melt the butter, syrup and sugar together in a small saucepan. remove from the heat and stir in the oats and pinch of salt. pour onto the sheet and press firm evenly (i made a square here, of about 20 x 20cm). bake for 25 minutes (or a bit less, if you like them chewy, not crunchy). allow to cool a bit, but before they harden cut them into bitesize squares or bars. wrap with a bit of parchment paper and a string bow. they're good for breakfast, tiny snacks throughout the day or a dessert, even. they will make anyone happy. keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.