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On The Gazillionth Day of Christmas . . .


Dec
12

Yes, that’s right, I’m doing more Christmas-themed posts. It’s two weeks away and if, like me, you haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet, then I’m giving you some ideas about awesome stuff you can make and give. Awesomely tasty stuff, that is. And this is a TWOFER. Win!

There was this one episode of The Simpsons that I have never been able to get out of my head. It was one where Bart really disappointed Marge, and she was so upset with him she wouldn’t put marshmallows into his hot chocolate. He did it himself, but the marshmallow absorbed all of the hot chocolate and became one giant marshmallow he had to eat it with a knife and fork.

I’m not sure why it stuck in my head, maybe because the idea of one giant marshmallow was totally delicious, or just that the thought of marshmallows was always better than the actual taste, maybe just even because it involved food and that’s always going to get my attention. Is it just me who finds store-bought marshmallows incredibly disappointing? They’re always so dry, I’ve never had that delicious fluffy sugary goodness that absorbed Bart’s hot chocolate when I’ve bought them. And the little ones? Don’t get me started on the little ones. They may as well just be sugar cubes.

So when I found a recipe to make my own marshmallows and, better still, it looked ridiculously easy, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Gooey, Ooey, Delicious Brownies


May
15

Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I’ve been snowed under with Finals. Have a mini-break now before the last exam and last paper at the end of this next week, so catching up a little! Also, in case you didn’t know from me practically shouting about it to the heavens, my post David’s Pappardelle was recently selected to be one of Foodbuzz‘s Top 9! So thank you!

I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth. In fact, of all the candy in the world, chocolate is probably my least favourite. When I was at school and we had a tuck shop (I think this is a very British concept – it’s a school-run snack store that’s open during break (recess), lunch and after-school) all of my friends used to buy chocolate bars, and I would maybe buy a packet of crisps or a soda. I just didn’t get the appeal of chocolate – I don’t like the flavour that’s left in your mouth afterwards, or the sticky gungy feeling at the back of your throat. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the brownie. My experience of brownies were dry, big fat chunks of tasteless cake, a bitter cocoa flavour and distinct feeling of dissatisfaction afterwards.

That is, until very recently, when I discovered this brownie recipe which apparently was Katherine Hepburn’s family’s. I originally found it on Epicurious.com but have since adapted it slightly to make it mine. I would say that this recipe is fool-proof – both times that I’ve made it they’ve turned out perfectly – but when I gave it to my best friend to tackle whilst I baked some bread, she somehow managed to turn the whole thing into a giant, greasy slab of weirdness. So this might not be all that fool-proof, but it’s still easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

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