Little Men With Their Hands Up

Happy New Year!

Sending joy and love for 2011.  And if you are ever at a loss for what to be thankful for this year, be thankful that your limbs and head were not snapped off and eaten. (Read on for the recipe that will produce these men whose heads you can be snapped.)

Thank you for being a part of  The Sweet Beet community –  the joy of sharing and learning and laughing with all of you is enormous.

Gingerbread…

  • Came to Europe (first to France) by returning Crusaders from The Middle East in the 11th Century, who brought the spice back.
  • The original Middle Eastern recipe created thicker, denser gingerbread, more like bread.
  • The name “gingerbread” however, had nothing to do with bread and is a corruption of the french word gingerbras, meaning “preserved ginger”.
  • Ginger wasn’t merely flavorful, it had properties that helped preserve food and was also thought to aid in digestion.
  • The first gingerbread men were made in the 1500’s in England in the Court of Elizabeth I. She had gingerbread figures created in the likeness of her important guests.

Click here for the Gingerbread Cookie recipe shown above.

And congratulations to Carrie Griffin!  –  winner of the new-subscriber, win-6-mos-of-artisanal-food, give-away.


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  • Rick Lee

    Happy New Year Michelle.

    Your notes on Gingerbread men reminded me of a wonderful Christmas display of gingerbread house at a local hotel here in Victoria. There was a hobbit library inside a log cross-section, a modern home with solar panels, a take on Harrod’s in London complete with a tiny food hall and pianos and a whole range of other fabulously creative gingerbread art. To get the pubic to the display area, there were Gingerbread-(coloured) men – 3 or perhaps 4 feet high, pointing the way – they still had their heads and arms so no doubt they weren’t as tasty as they looked!.

  • http://www.foodstheword.blogspot.com alana (at) the food

    congrats on your first year in blog-land!

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  • Liz Wald

    Head snapped off – ha!! That’s a good one, I am thankful indeed!! Great work on Sweet Beet in 2010, looking forward to many healthful and tasty delights in 2011… maybe you could even come over for a guest kitchen post and whip something up?! Yummmm!

  • Kim

    Just found your blog via Table of Promise. Your gang of gingerbread men is so cool! My first thought was that they’re doing aerobics….getting a head start on their New Year’s resolution ;o) I look forward to reading more in 2011. -Kim

  • http://prasadabeauty.com Lisa G

    I have really enjoyed your blog this year!!

  • Brita

    Thank you so much for bringing such great morsels (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun) in 2010 and I can’t wait for more fabulous tidbits in 2011. I keep making food changes and trying new things thanks to you! What a fantastic blog and I love the photos!

  • http://christimider.com christimider@yahoo.com

    This blog brings me something new every time.
    Thanks for the interesting perspective and your heart.
    Happy New Year

  • http://www.girllovesdog.com Jess Mahler

    I just have to say that I don’t even cook and I love your blog! My grandmother used to eat sliced beets on thick buttered bread for lunch. Doesn’t that sound good? Anyway, Happy New Years to you Sweet Beet Woman!

  • http://febrilemuse-infectious-disease.blogspot.com CM Doran

    I love your sense of humor, writing style, and sense of history. Because of that and my family, your blog is now in my feed as a resource. Please keep writing…thank you.