It’s been over eight years now that I’ve been publishing Kavey Eats. There are so many reasons I enjoy blogging, not least the creative outlet it gives me for my writing and photography and the record of food enjoyed in restaurants and at home, of amazing travel experiences, of cookery classes, books and more. I love being able to share all of that with readers.
But there’s another side too, and that’s the many, many friendships I’ve made through blogging. While the nature of blogging has changed hugely over that time, what hasn’t changed is the sense of community and being part of a keyboard army of fellow food and travel lovers. It’s not only about learning from each other, supporting each other, collaborating on projects together but also about sharing celebrations of our achievements, or commiserating about the lows, and often a great deal of giggling about life, the universe and everything.
Recently, that community has felt a collective kick to the gut, a blow that leaves us reeling with shock and sadness. A few weeks ago, a wonderful woman lost her battle with cancer and passed away far too young, leaving behind a grieving family and circle of friends. Isabella King was a fellow food blogger – young, talented, kind and funny – and I loved interacting with her in one of my main blogger community groups. I can’t believe she is gone, at just 29 years of age.
Today, many of us are commemorating our friendships with Isabella and celebrating her blogging achievements by recreating and sharing recipes from her blog, Coriander Queen. Please join us in raising a glass, a fork, or a biscuit to the memory of Isabella King.
After browsing all of Isabella’s wonderful recipes, I chose these gorgeous ginger and oat cookies – a simple, timeless and delicious classic that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, whoever you bake it for.
Isabella’s Ginger and Oat Cookies
- 1 tsp Golden Syrup (heaped)
- 71 g unsalted butter
- 57 g caster sugar
- 57 g plain flour
- 76 g rolled oats
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Lightly grease a flat baking tray and preheat the oven to 160’C.
Place a medium saucepan on the hob over a medium heat. Add the golden syrup, caster sugar and butter. Mix together and then leave to melt.
Once they have all melted together remove the pan from the heat and turn off the hob.
Stir in the plain flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and oats until combined.
Put the bicarbonate of soda into a small dish and add a tablespoon of hot water, stir until dissolved then stir into the mixture.
Leave the mixture for a few minutes to cool a little, it will firm up as it cools.
Roll the mixture into ping pong sized balls of about 30g weight each and place them spaced well apart on the tray. These will feel a little greasy and be quite soft due to the melted butter.
Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Leave on the tray until cool, they will firm up as they cool.
Transfer to an airtight box or bag to store.
You may also like to visit some more posts commemorating and celebrating our lovely Coriander Queen:
- Arancini (risotto balls) on Coffee & Vanilla
- Amatriciana pasta on Kitchen Sanctuary
- Best coriander recipes on Fuss Free Flavours
- Boozy decadent hot chocolate on Fab Food 4 All
- Chocolate almond butter cookies on Rough Measures
- Chocolate fridge cake on Jo’s Kitchen
- Chocolate orange oat bars on Veggie Desserts
- Chicken ramen on It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
- Cider, apple and sausage casserole on Farmersgirl Kitchen
- Crispy fried halloumi on Supper In The Suburbs
- Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart on Amuse Your Bouche
- Easy gingerbread popcorn snack on Celery & Cupcakes
- Easy no bake blackberry cheesecakes on Casa Costello
- Eggless chocolate chip cookies on Simply Sensational Food
- Elderflower and vodka cocktail slush on The Hedgecombers
- Fruit Flapjacks on The Petite Cook
- Garlic and lime coriander prawns on Travels for Taste
- Gingerbread cupcakes with orange buttercream on The Veg Space
- Globe artichoke with balsamic dip on Natural Kitchen Adventures
- Lemon drizzle loaf cake on Penne For Your Thoughts
- Marmalade and ginger loaf cake on The Crafty Larder
- Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on Tin and Thyme
- Rich coffee cupcakes on BakingQueen74
- Tomato, Garlic and Prawn Spaghetti on Hungry Healthy Happy
- Treacle tart on Patisserie Makes Perfect
- Stuffed Nutella cookies on Munchies And Munchkins
Some of Isabella’s friends are fundraising in her name for Cancer Research UK.
In memory of Isabella King, the Coriander Queen.
Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!74 Comments to "Isabella’s Ginger & Oat Cookies | In Memory of Coriander Queen"
A lovely tribute <3
Such a beautiful tribute to Isabella. x
It is so sad when people leave young, before their time. It must be so hard for her family, bless them. RIP
I might make these biscuits, as they use ginger powder, rather than candied ginger, which has too much sugar for me.
Yes, she was far too young. I can’t imagine how they are feeling.
I think you will enjoy these mum, they are delicious and simple as well.
You can visit her blog through the link at the top if you like. <3
Lovely tribute, written with such thought 🙂
Thank you, wanted to do her proud.
A. beautifully written post, and a great way to share our memories of Isabella
Delicious looking cookies and a beautiful tribute Kavey!
Thanks, they are so tasty!
A lovely recipe. Divine cookies and a perfect tribute to a fellow food blogger. Xx
Thank you Dom!
I think you got it in a nutshell, Kavey. I hope the genuine warmth of this group tribute can provide a little comfort to her family and friends who have lost someone they loved.
Thank you Janice, I hope so too.
What a beautiful tribute. And, I look forward to seeing all of the other recipes. I am not familiar with her work, but soon will be. My love to her family.
Thank you Debi, I hope you enjoy her blog and our tribute posts. Thanks for reading.
A lovely recipe and a fantastic tribute to Isabella. Well done Kavey.
Delicious. Can’t wait to try.
I will definitely be raising a biscuit to Izzie!! Especially if they’re as delicious as these look – yum.
I reckon she’d be at happy with a biscuit raised in her honour, as a glass!
Truly appreciate the way you made this wonderful recipe. Everything is so nicely described that really helped. I am looking forward for more such recipes in future too.
A beautifully written post Kavey, you made me well up. I’m so heart-warmed to be part of this wonderful group of bloggers.
Izzie will be missed.
Aaw thank you Nicky, me too. ❤️
Ginger cookies will always be my favourite kind of cookie – they have such a punch to them.
This is such a lovely, heartfelt tribute to Izzie. The best part of blogging really is the community xx
Thanks Dannii, and yes, these cookies are fab!
Lovely post Kavey, very nicely written. I will raise a biscuit to Isabella – I think I still have one of mine left!
Thanks, I am keener on raising a biscuit than a glass!
These look delicious, I love ginger in bakes. A lovely tribute to Isabella.
Me too and thank you!
These do look like a classic, just lovely! This is a wonderful tribute Kavey.
Thank you Jemma!
I didn’t know her, but what a lovely tribute!
Thanks, she was a lovely, cheerful, sweet lady.
Youre right Kavey. The art of blogging ma change but I’m sure the community will remain. A wonderful tribute and some seriously tasty looking cookies!
Thank you for this post. I am sorry to hear about this loss in the blogging community. Cancer has taken so many wonderful people.
It really has. It sucks. Thanks for your kind comment.
It’s such a sad time. I wish I was feeling up to joining in to make a recipe to share the love for Izzie. I didn’t know her very well, but I still feel her passing. These biscuits looks just gorgeous and a lovely tribute.
I’m so sorry you are still feeling poorly, but I am sure Izzie would understand. Like all of our group, she was always very supportive of everyone else, and sympathetic to anyone’s ills.
A lovely tribute Kavey and these cookies sound divine as do all Izzie’s recipes:-)
Thank you for sharing this article in remembrance of a fellow blogger. So sad to hear she passed at such a young age. Will have a look at her blog as well. Lovely tribute.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy browsing her blog, and our tribute posts.
I am sure that If we all stopped blogging, I know we couldn’t not still continue the conversation. Thank you for sharing this recipe, a lovely tribute to Isabella
I think so too, it’s a group of friends I love talking with. And thanks.
These cookies sound absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Izzie was a major ginger fan, I’m sure she would have loved your version of her cookies xx
They worked really well, we didn’t change them at all, trusted Izzie’s recipe and it was just right!
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Isabella. She was too young to pass. But the great memories she gave through her recipes and care will live on. My thoughts snd prayers are with her family and friends.
I hope people will enjoy her recipes for years to come.
What a lovely way to remember a great, talented, young woman. I’m so sorry to hear this incredibly sad news.
Thank you, an idea from one of the others in our community, and we all thought it a lovely idea.
I’m very sorry to hear of your loss, that is very sad. I’m sure she would be very happy with your interpretation of her recipe and your kind words.
I hope so, thank you!
I have been blogging for over 11 years and like you love blogging even after all these years. Things have changed in all this time for sure but I guess we are the old dinosaurs of blogging 🙂 When one has been blogging as long as we have life progresses and effects us – there are happy moments and not so happy moments and coming back to the blog to write and share has been often an important way for me to deal with many issues. Sorry about your loss – a great way to honor her memory!
Thanks Meeta, I agree and thank you for your kind thoughts.
What a lovely tribute. The cookies look amazing.
Thank you, they are very good!
We love the combination of the ginger and oats in these cookies. Very nice.
Yes, it works so well.
Omg! I was just talking with my coworkers today about cookies. oats cookies is my favorite cookie!! Thank you for the recipe
Hope you make a batch to share with you coworkers!
So delicious, a great combination. Still missing Isabella in our blogging community.
Yes, she is definitely not forgotten. ♥️
These cookies look delicious, lots of lovely spice flavours.
They are so simple and so good!
What a lovely tribute. These cookies are soooo delicious. Thank you
Really pleased you enjoyed them and that Isabella’s blog lives on.
Can I substitute plain flour by wholewheat flour?
I’ve not tried this recipe with wholemeal flour myself so I can’t give a definitive answer. Usually switching flours does have an impact on texture, but I’d say it’s worth a try!