What do you think of this gorgeous chocolate owl made in Australia by cacao? It has so much detail in it, it will almost be a shame to eat it but sometimes we must make sacrifices mustn’t we?
Chocolate, oh how I love thee. The darker the better, then I can pretend I’m eating it for the antioxidant benefits. The bonus in my house, is that I’ve discovered I’m the only one who likes dark chocolate so I don’t even have to hide it! I love to have a couple of squares a day, but usually sweet things go pretty quickly around here so although I can limit myself others(who shall remain nameless) can’t, leaving me with nothing later in the week. So, a very fortunate discovery.
Something we all love though is Stephanie Alexander’s Double Chocolate Brownies. We have to be very careful of naughty Miss Ruby the Pugalier though. Chocolate is toxic for dogs and last Christmas she ate an entire box of Belgium chocolates(didn’t even share!) and was extremely sick. Not a moment I’d like to revisit……….
Stephanie Alexander is an Australian cook who has written a wonderful book “The cook’s companion”. I have just baked a batch of her Brownies, they’re very easy to make and extremely delicious. If only you could taste them through this blog. Mmmnn.
I mixed up the ingredients in a bowl that is very dear to me. It belonged to my Hungarian grandmother who was an amazing cook, showing her love of family through her cooking. When she moved out of her home and into a retirement home, she gave away most of her things. Grandma asked family members what they wanted from her kitchen, she was distressed that people weren’t taking much. So I asked if I could have her mixing bowl and Crown Corning Ware casserole dishes.
Grandma is gone now, I miss her. Her English wasn’t great and my Hungarian was almost non existent but if she was here now, I’d ask her more questions about her life. I’m so grateful that I took her bowl and casserole dishes. Every time I use them, I think of her and her amazing food; goulash with dumplings, pancake casserole, hot sour cherry soup and the creamiest mash potato in the world. It’s a bittersweet kind of feeling.