home page

Maggie Hyde Online

Zodiac Kitchen


March 21 - April 20

This hot and active sign of the Ram is associated with the red planet Mars, giver of energy and willpower, and something hot and spicy will tempt Arians everywhere.

An Aries is always on the go, pushing forward to conquer new territory. Although lacking in caution, Aries people innocently follow their hunches and just know when something is right for them. They are aware of what they're doing - but are simply too busy getting on with it to explain.

The dare-devils of the zodiac don't have a sweet tooth but they are adventurous eaters. Aries governs the head and herbalists like Culpeper say that the sharpness of ginger keeps an Aries clear-headed and alert. So they'll enjoy the fiery tang of Ginger and Lemon Shortbread - but you might have to do battle if you want some too!



  • 175g (6oz) plain flour, sieved with 1 x 5ml spoon (1 teaspoon) ginger
  • 125g (4oz) margarine
  • 50g (2oz) castor sugar
  • Grated rind 1 small lemon
  • Castor sugar, to dredge

Method of preparation

Place flour and ginger in a mixing bowl. Rub in margarine until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add castor sugar and lemon ring. Knead on a lightly floured surface to form a smooth dough. Divide in half and roll out. Use to line 2 x 18cm (7 inch) flan or cake tins. Mark each into 8 portions and prick all over with a fork. Decorate edges if wished. Bake in middle of oven 150° C, 300° F, Gas No.2 for 45-50 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire tray.




© 2010 Maggie Hyde