There was a time in my life when Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival was all about champagne breakfasts and millinery and magic and marquees and fabulous frocks and emergency ballet flats. When I worked in radio the Spring Racing Carnival meant long lunches with clients, long breakfasts with clients, and long parties with clients… and then there were the staff after-parties… Even when I worked in Sydney, 900+ kilometres from the racetrack this was the case… (well, it was radio… any excuse for a frock-up and a booze-up really…)
Apparently all this has something to do with horses??
A lifetime away from the marquees and fascinators (they live in the dress up basket these days) (my daughters’ not mine) I find myself at odds trying to explain to my kids in this country town 100+ kilometres north west of Flemington Racecourse why they don’t have to go to school and kinder because some horsies are running around in a circle.
And so, we talk about jockeys and colours, we build the Lego Friends stables and we bake.
We bake gingerbread GeeGees because we have the day off and we have time for baking… and Lego, and galloping around the loungeroom, in our emergency ballet flats.
I have a few go-to recipes for gingerbread bikkies. This one I found on taste.com.au is by far the quickest and easiest.
My horse cookie cutter is more Nag than Thoroughbred. Some of the biscuits look a little more like goats, some more like camels, some like dingoes and some like 3 legged aliens, but the overall effect is all about that first Tuesday in November.
When the race-that-stops-the-nation stops you at 3pm today I hope you're having fun, whether you're up to your neck in Champagne at The Birdcage or inside someone's Esky in the Flemington Carpark... or even up to your elbows in Lego and ginger-thorough-breads at our place.
Happy Cup Day punters! Hope it's a great one.
- Kathy. x