Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Everyone Can Get Into the Act Baking a crbread Any extra dough can lie used -to cut gingerbread men for tree decorations or just eating. The pattern is made by drawing lines an inch apart with a ruler, and copying the pattern below, n square at a time, on a larger scale. GINGERBREAD in the air npHE SMELL OF JL portends of good things to come for Christmas. Someone is making a gingerbread house, and perhaps lucky children are helping mix the dough, .eat the frosting, or cut out the pieces of the house. CHIMNEY CUT 2 OF EACH GINGERBREAD [FIGURES I SI E WALLS CUT 2 WINDOW FOR BACK FRONT DOOR AND CIRCLE WINDOW FROM BACK Tr THE PIECES of tin- gingerbread house, peel away the trim areas with- Mint, rock candy windows are made, the do not have to he broken exactly to fit the spaces because separate pieces will solidifj from the.mm heat. Sugar mortar should he stirred constantly with a wooden gets ,iot. Squares on the pat- tern measure 1 inch. GINGERBREAD DOUGH S'.i cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 Isp. baking.soda 1 tsp. salt 3 Isp. ground cinnamon 2 Isp. ground ginger ground dove tsp. ground nutmcrr I'-cup shortening i cup sugar 1 cup molasses 1 Sift the first seven ingre- dients onto wax paper. Beat shortening and sugar until fluffy; beat in molasses and egg. Add flour mixture to make stiff dough and chill overnight so it's firm for roll- in rpHE DOUGH IS HEADY, so roll a quarter .1 of it to Vs-inch thickness on a flour- sprinkled piece of aluminum foil over a cookie sheet. Fit as many paper pattern pieces on the dough as you can with .'b-incli be- tween them, and cut with a sharp'knife, care- fully removing trims to save for rcvolls. Rock candy chunks can Be pressed into windows to make winter panes. Bake in a'slow oven (300 degrees) for about 20 minutes (cookies should feel Edges that are not straight can be trimmed while the pieces are still warm. Cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes and (hen slide off the foil and cool completely. Sugar mortar is made by -spreading 1 cup of sugar in a heavy little skillet and healing slowly until sugar melts and begins to turn' pale gold in color. Use it right away. Dip the edges of the cooi pieces into the- mortar and press together as in the diagram. If a cookie piece should break, stick it back loge'ilur with the mortar. For the frosting, beat two egg whiles with n teaspoon of lemon juice until they're foamy. Slowly beat in cups of sifted lOx confec- tioners' sugar until the mixture stands, in peaks and can hold a knife mark. Food color- ing can be added to portions of the frosting if "desired, but white is best for most of the gingerbread house. Fit a pastry bag with a small star tip, fill with the start the decoration. Don't forget to dress up the gingerbread men, and to cover any cracks with frosting. Gingerbread men made from leftover dough can be tree ornaments. 1'ieees fit together from bottom up..Mortar should he reheated slowly every lime, it hardens in the pan. The Giving Is All in the Game. WHAT TO BUY for the "man who has every- thing" or his feminine coun- terpart was a real problem of the early 1960s. In the social conscious '70s, there is no such person. Gone are the mink-handled can open- ers. What we have are games. "Beat the for in- stance, is a neat little num- ber' for a friend or relative who may soon be fleeing to Canada. It's a board game that claims to be based on actual Selective Service regulations. The game comes in blacklite colors and advises players to "Get a haircut" the way "Monop- oly" says "Go to jail." A player starts at 38 and holds deferment? that the draft board tries to take away (sounds If he acquires money, he may hire a draft lawyer or doc- tor; if he lands on the con- scientious objector square, he lots his conscious be his guide. Awareness appears to be the catchword in this year's gamesmanship. Gini Scott, a freelance game designer from San Francisco, has carved out a career with in- teraction a n d discussion games. Her latest is "The Lib Game" in which players take the roles of "uppity "male chauvin- "liberal males" and "conservative chicks." Ev- eryone has a chance to play each role. The game includes topic cards and a booklet of women's lib de- mands. There is no guaran- tee that the game won't ig- nite a serious domestic dis- agreement. "A man playing the role of an Uppity Woman might be likely to see more of her side after the ex- plains Gini, who tises her first name as her profes- sional signature. "After all, a game is a way of getting people together to discuss things." The winner is decided on votes (nobody votes for himself) as to who has stayed in character and pre- sented the best arguments. Gini has devised some other games, including "Confrontation" which pits students and protesters against the Establishment, and "O Peg It." The latter is not considered an inter- action game by Gini because moves are "dictated by the dice and not by feelings or but it is a sexy pursuit that psychologists have said gives an insight into "how people think of their roles." And role-taking plays a major part in the new games. "Sensitivity" assigns a folder on a troubled life to each player and has him act out his reaction to a crisis. "Group Therapy" its players hangups of which they try to free themselves. Perhaps the ultimate in putting oneself in another's shoes is "Black a game that gives the player the task of facing ghetto problems, living on welfare or trying to buy a house in a white neighborhood. The cards ore stacked against the usurper. A. couple read: "Maj'or Daley is re-elected; you are taken to jaiLfor or "The Ford Foundation grants you to study race re- lations in Alaska." Docs anyone long for power? ''Who Can Beat puts the player right in the '72 fight for the While House. Two to eight players can enter the race, and one can be rest have to settle for Mus- kie, etc.', or a Dark Horse. The politicians have to round up 270 elec- toral voles to win while avoiding the laryngilis ward and credibility gap. For the aging veteran, "Guadalcanal" is a game based on U.S. Marine Corps action on Aug. 7, 1942, and it's similar to or "Jutland." "Diplomacy" requires the guiding of a European na- tion's affairs through nego- tiations and alliances. On the business side, "Trans- action" puts players in the role of stock broker, spe- cialist, adviser, head of in- vestment club or mutual fund treasurer as the actual history of real stocks is re- lived with splits, recessions, booms and influencing news items. When it comes to games, no man or woman could "have everything" from the ghetto .to the White House. If these are all too with it for folks on the gift list, there's always checkers. Inside Story Outside Lights THE CHRISTMAS TREE appears pretty much the same from year to year, but variations can be made by changing the pattern of the lights or the type of tree. Instead of random placement, lights can be in a a tent, or contour drape. Bare branches of outdoor trees can be lit ID cart a lacy shadow on the house. w I <4fci Ml 1'IIK RANDOM rATTKKN (left) is most usual. Tent style lias lights fastened, to wires running from tip of tree or a pole to ground. Spiral and contour re- quire closely spaced bulbs, easily done by overlapping two light strings. RARE branch- es need about five lights for every foot of height. On a larger tree, a 25-light set is used for every five feet of tree, .10 feet from ground. Lights should be listed lor outdoors. Sipping the assail Bowl Recalls the Auld Lang Syne With its roots in the Saturnalia, Wassail mellowed into family respectability. '13E THOU WELL' has.real mean- JL) ing when used as a toast with the wassail bowl. The expression translates from the Old English "was as one Anglo-Saxon would bid another to "be healthy." The brew in the howl was good for what ailed you. And ale, warmed, spiced and sweetened, was once the principal ingredient of the wassail bowl. It was cidled lamb's wool, and the head of a house in ancient England would take a sip and then pass tin- bowl In family and guests. Many persons used the- New Year's ceremony on cither Christmas or Twelfth Night. A full-bodied wine gradually re- placed ale in most wassail recipes. The ingrecliei century wass of cardamun rnon, 12 grai [s of. a reaped able il consisted of 10 grains s of nutmeg, grains of ginger, grains of coriander were simmered in a cup of water and added for cadi bottle of port, sherry or madeira along with a half pound or so of sugar. Three egg yolks and two egg whites per bottle were whisked up in the mixture as it heated in a saucepan. After beating frothed it, roasted apples were added. Such n mixture readily fortifies holiday good feeling. The bowl is passed' (or individual. and a toasting song salutes such merry ob- jects as a horse's right car, a cow's tail, fair maids and Rood fellows with a: "Wassail! Wassail! over (he town." Distributed by Kinpr Features Syndicate.