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.