I love a good cracker, but here they are called biscuits!
I have been experimenting with different recipes and ingredients, specifically oats and celery. So, this week, when my friend Nicky texted me that there was a free cracker making workshop at the nearby newly developed Coal Drops Yard, so of course I had to go!
Come to find out, it was not "proper" cracker making ... but CHRISTMAS CRACKER making!
oh! Not exactly what I had in mind, but up for the adventure...
Christmas crackers are a big tradition here, they art part of the Christmas table setting.
Making crackers from scratch using tissue paper and the tubes from toilet rolls is a common activity for children.
Crackers are typically pulled at the Christmas dinner table or at parties. In one version of the cracker tradition, the person with the larger portion of cracker empties the contents from the tube and keeps them. In another, each person has their own cracker and keeps its contents regardless of whose end they were in. Typically these contents are a coloured paper hat, a small toy, a small plastic model or other trinket and a motto, a joke, and a riddle or piece of trivia on a small strip of paper. The paper hats, with the appearance of crowns, are usually worn when eating Christmas dinner. The tradition of wearing festive hats is believed to date back to Roman times and the Saturnalia celebrations, which also involved decorative headgear.
I have put a paper crown and a bad joke in my crackers, thus far. I want to make something home made in mine, maybe some homemade sweet, oh maybe it would be fun to put in some of my own baked crackers!!!! crackers with crackers!