Cookie Monster

Rosemary water biscuits

I never thought I was strange, a little bit odd maybe, but not strange.
But being married, really is like having your own special person to witness all the strange things you do. 
Gone are the luxuries of single life privacy behaviours. No singing off key in the shower, or cooking chicken breasts in the toaster, because the living space and toaster are now community property...Of all the unspoken secrets my husband is most definitely the ice cream monster in the family. Stracciatella/chocolate Brownie/Chocolate anything doesn't stand a chance in the freezer. Halvies is a liquid term that doesn't necessarily mean anything and no guilt will be felt in sticking to that philosophy. But then again I can't point fingers as I am the same with biscuits. Sweet or savoury - it doesn't matter. If the house was burning down, there is a large chance I would save the biscuits first...
Rosemary water biscuits
Makes 25 - 30 biscuits

These biscuits are very easy to make and can be made into any shape you want. 
They can be kept for 2 weeks in an airtight biscuit tin.
I used Rosemary in these, you can also use fresh thyme, or lavender, 
finely grated Parmesan or mature cheddar cheese, or spices such as Chilli, Paprika, Nutmeg etc.

Biscuit toppings:
Smoked snoek pâté and rocket
pepper ham and Ina paarman's peach and apricot chutney.

200g cake flour
a large pinch of baking powder
2 teaspoons fresh or 1 tsp dried rosemary, finely chopped.
50g butter, cubed
8T cold water
1/2 teaspoon salt flakes

Preheat oven to 180°C
Place the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
Cut the butter into small pieces, and rub it into the flour.
Add the finely chopped or crumbled rosemary.
Add the water, and mix to form a dough.

Roll the dough out very thinly - about 3-5mm, and cut into squares, or use a cutter for shapes.
Place the biscuits onto a tray, and bake until lightly browned - from 5 - 10 minutes depending on size.

The biscuits will harden when they cool.
Top with your choice of toppings and serve immediately.


  1. Cannot decide whether cooking chicken breasts in the toaster is lunacy, or shear brilliance... But the biscuits sound lovely! And they're actually something I can do in 4 x 4 hotel room in China. As are the toaster cooked chicken breasts. Thanks! Will be giving these a bash.

    1. Chicken breasts in the toaster is indeed lunacy :) They need some sort of covering ie foil/un-meltable container as the juices can short and kill your toaster :/

      Let me know how your biscuits turn out :)
      Good luck! Your Living quarters sound tiny!