Moving Day.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

First year of university is over. Sniff. I've left halls, packed my life into boxes and I'm back at home. Packing was hard, but not as hard as leaving the wonderful people that made my first year such an experience. I won't go into detail, but will probably post some comfort food recipes later this week, that helped me let go of Loughborough.
What I want to briefly post about today is one of my lovely friends, who I will be living with next year. She is the one and only, gorgeous and talented Frances Mitson. If you don't know her name already, get to know. You won't regret it. There aren't many videos of her on the internet, but if you search you will come across a few gems. 

Such a beauty.

This is a more recent one, sounding just delicious with Nijinxky.

I didn't tell her I was posting this, hopefully she'll get a surprise from you, readers, when you decide to let her know that you love her music as much as I do.

L. xxx
PS: Expect good food soon. Back at home now so get to use Mother's home grown organic ingredients!

The Jack Sandwich

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Yesterday was my boyfriends birthday. I was unaware before I met him, that there existed a 'Birthday Eve', a 'Birthday Day' and a 'Birthday Boxing Day'. Clearly I was of ignorant before he came into my life so I swiftly jumped to attention for the 3 day birthday marathon. Birthday Eve required a monster sandwich. A sandwich tailored for a man. A sandwich tailored for Jack. 
Requested ingredients: Ham and herby cheese.
Ingredients needed:
3 slices of bread per sandwich (I would suggest a nice crusty bread but Jack requested triangle sandwiches so had to use regular bread)
Punnet of cress
Punnet of micro leaf garlic chives (J is a big fan of garlic, only add these if you are too)
3 Sun dried tomatoes
5 Green olives
4 Slices herb crusted ham.
Half a pack of Le Roule (or Bousin)

This is a herby, garlicky MANWICH! May not be for everyone, but if you're into these flavours you will certainly be into this sandwich. 

Begin by spreading the cheese on the outer two pieces of bread. Then chop the cress out of its punnet and add to both slices.

Place the sun dried tomatoes on one side and two slices of ham on the other. 

Then chop your olives in half so they sit nicely in the middle of the sandwich.

Cover both sides of the middle piece of bread in cheese, place on top of the ham covered bread. Add more ham and the chopped olives onto the middle slice of bread. Then chop the micro leaf garlic chives out of their punnet and sprinkle on too.
Then simply place the last slice of bread on top and you have the Jack Sandwich.  

Naughty in every way. Only to be consumed as part of three day birthday celebrations. Any more and it's sinful!

A birthday recipe that will enchant all tomorrow, promise!
(Also won't need a supply of mints for hours after too...)

L. xxxxx

Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Today's post is a devilish one. In fact, I'm going to give it no more introduction than the following picture.

Speaks for itself really, doesn't it? I made these bad boys for Father's Day and I received a VERY warm welcome from EVERYONE - they simply went down a treat. I've gone off a BBC GoodFood recipe, that you can find here.
To reach the brownie heaven pictured above you will need:

275g plain chocolate
85g milk chocolate
85g white chocolate
275g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
175g plain flour
85g pecans
1 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence

Quick note for the students - drop the pecans and you have a very affordable piece of heaven!

To start, preheat the oven to 170C and line a tin, approximately 30x20cm.

Then put the plain chocolate and butter in a microwavable bowl and microwave for about a minute, checking and stirring the mixture every 10-20 seconds. You should really put this mixture in a dish and place over a pan of simmering water to melt but that is more washing up and more hassle. I say whack it in the microwave and just make sure it doesn't burn.

Mix thoroughly until it looks like the picture above. Which seems a little naughty to look at directly...
Sieve the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl and set aside. Then stir the sugar into the melted chocolate. Go on to add the eggs and vanilla essence. Then fold in the flour.

After you have your basic batter, add the exciting bits. For this particular recipe they are as follows:
Chopped and broken pecans. 

Chopped milk chocolate.

Chopped white chocolate.

Isn't it looking beautiful? Quick note, when eating the brownies, it is such a delight when you bite into a big piece of chocolate so I've chopped my chocolate into fairly big chunks, I recommend you do the same. Also, you may or may not have found substandard chocolate when chopping it up (as I did), feel free to eat this. In no way do I recommend using substandard chocolate in this recipe!
After the mixture is all made up, pour it into the prepared cake tin. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy the baking smell, this recipe is particularly easy on the ol' olfactory.
When ready, the top should be firm but the inside should feel soft when cooked, I like mine particularly gooey, so I give them a little less time, about 22, or 23 minutes. Let the brownie cool in the tin and once cooled, cut into squares and remove.

Attractive little minxes aren't they!

Enjoy these with friends, family or with the delightful pair that is Ben and Jerry.
Quick piece of advice, kids. Don't make chocolate brownies in a white top. It is just ASKING for trouble.

And another thing. For the love of God, lick the bowl!

What do you mean, I have something on my face...?

I hope you love these as much as everyone else seems to!
Back tomorrow with more kitchen adventures.
L. xxxxxx
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