Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Almighty Storm

We had an almighty storm this morning, this is what it looks like right now. I think another one maybe about to hit us soon...

I have been feeling really under the weather lately. I have not had the energy to get out of bed let alone cook or bake, or much else for that matter.

I am so grateful right now that I don't have a regular nine-five job. That I can stay at home in bed and rest right when I need to!

I am grateful for so much that I have, but on top of the list is my hubby. I want to say how grateful I am for him. He does so much for me right now, even though he works so hard. Nothing fazes him. He is always there for me no matter what. I could have a terrible day and take it all out on him, but he knows that I don't mean it. And he reminds me that tomorrow will be a better day.

I'm going to be taking some time off, a couple weeks, to go visit my family and try to feel better. I definitely need the nurturing that only a mother can bring, yes even at my age!

Hopefully this personal almighty storm will pass soon.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chocolate Chip & Raspberry Brownie Cookies

I had such a massive craving for chocolate yesterday that I gave in and decided to go with it. I don't usually over indulge my cravings, I tend to satisfy them with a square or two of what I'm craving. But yesterday I had to have something completely and utterly chocolatey.

It was quite humid yesterday, it was around 80-100% humidity because of the rain, and thought something cool would be perfect. My first thought went to making a chocolate ice cream, but I wanted a fix a lot quicker than that, I didn't want to be waiting hours to enjoy the chocolate goodness!!!

I read this post by Blondie and Brownie about The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck closing up for the winter, and was inspired after looking at the 'goodies' on their home page, NB the Belgian Slipwich (inspiration) and the Monday Sundae.....drool.....

I first came across this scrumptious cookie on Joy the Baker's blog. It has everything I crave when I want chocolate, fudginess and lots of dark ooey gooey chocolate. The choice to add more chocolate in the form of chocolate chips was even more decadent.

A cookie ice-cream sandwich was calling me. So I put the two ideas together. I love to have brownies with ice-cream anyway, so this was the logical next step right?....And healthy with the addition of fruit!

I had to add raspberries because I adore them and I had some frozen ones. Also I didn't use as much sugar as Joy the Baker, but still found it quite sweet.

Make 18
50 grams butter
115 grams favourite dark chocolate, I used the almond Nestle Club block
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon coffee powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup raspberries

Melt the butter in the microwave and add the chocolate, the heat from the butter will melt the chocolate. Next add the coffee and vanilla, set aside to cool slightly.

Beat the sugar and egg together in a separate bowl, then add the chocolate mixture to the eggs. Mix all of this by hand, with a trusty pink spatula :)

Next add the flour, baking powder, salt, berries and chocolate chips.

Dollop tablespoonful's of batter onto a lined baking tray or two, they don't have to be perfectly rounded or shaped, then bake in a preheated 160C oven, bake for 8-10 minutes exactly, you don't want to dry them out and becoming hard. Also Joy puts her mix in the fridge to firm up and make the mixture easier to handle, but I didn't have the patience for this step, and they turned out wonderful.

Sandwich with your favourite ice-cream, I had a vanilla bean and raspberry that I made previously. Or enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.