an English recipe for International Women’s Day

By Jennie

biscuitsMarch 6th is the celebration around the world of International Women’s Day.  It is a day to celebrate women from every single country.  According to the United Nations, “It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.”

Karen suggested that we celebrate this day with stories about small acts of kindness that are offered by our friends and neighbors.  I particularly remember my American neighbor bringing a cherry pie to us the day we moved into our house a number of years ago.  I also remember the generosity and hospitality of women in International neighbors, whether it be drinking Chilean coffee, eating Iraqi dessert or sharing Indian samosa.  At every single event in International Neighbors, those small acts of kindness are apparent.  It is often in a gift of food, but words and actions also highlight the extraordinary organization that we are.  Especially in these interesting times, let’s give thanks to ALL of our international friends and neighbors. 

I’d like to offer a small gift here of simple English biscuit (cookie) recipe that I find very tasty and easy to make.  Whatever your nationality, I hope you can enjoy:

Shrewsbury Biscuits

4 oz. butter
4 oz. caster sugar (a fine sugar, but ordinary sugar will work well.)
1 small egg
8 oz. plain flour (all purpose flour)
½ level teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
Milk as required

Cream the butter and sugar and beat in the egg.  Sift the flour with cinnamon, or add grated lemon rind, and add to the creamed mixture.  Mix to a stiff consistency, using milk if required.  Roll out thinly and cut out with a 2 ½” cutter (or something similar).  Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in a moderate oven (350 F) till light fawn colour.  Cooking time is about 15 to 20 minutes.  The recipe should produce 30-32 biscuits.

Last year we celebrated the lives of many women in International Neighbors.  Let’s continue that this year, but in a slightly different way.  If you have a biscuit/cookie recipe from your country that you would like to share, send them in to us at newsletter@international-neighbors.org.

Find out more about International Women’s Day at: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml.