For anyone who doesn’t know, a federal election was held in Australia yesterday. At the moment it is a hung parliament and one of the two major parties will need to form a coalition with the 5 Green/Independent members of parliament to hold power. This is a rather historic occasion for Australia as we normally have a clear victor out of our two major parties.
And so what does this have to do with food? Well Mr Bee and myself were invited to an election party and we thought we’d get into the spirit of things by taking some election themed cookies.
For non-Australians the cookies represent (from left to right) Tony Abbott (the leader of the current opposition conservative party – the Liberal-National Coalition) and Julia Gillard (the prime minister and leader of the Labour Party). Tony is very sporty, made that he competes in triathlons part of his election pitch and is wearing his infamous competition swimming togs and cap. Julia is seen with her trademark red hair – some of the other cookies had her trademark prominent nose. Oh, and Mr Bee’s touch, they have nipples and boobs respectively.
They are just a standard gingerbread cookie recipe. But the icing is a little different, I coloured it with beetroot from my garden! I’d heard before that people used beetroot as a healthy alternative to standard red-food colouring and I wanted to try it. I have no idea what the normal method for extracting the “dye” is but here is my method.
To make red food dye:
Grate two small (large golf ball size) beetroots. Mix in two teaspoons of icing sugar (confectioners sugar). Let stand at room temperature for at least an hour. Squeeze the juice out. Use as needed. I used two teaspoons of the dye in our cookie icing.
Here’s to democracy, food and having a bit of fun with both!