Today is a day for Chocolate Brownies


Today is the sort of cold, miserable day when you must make brownies. Please go and buy yourself some dark chocolate, you will have the rest of the ingredients at home. I’m afraid I can’t give you my personal brownie recipe. It’s pretty scrumptious, if I do say so myself.

The recipe remains private for two reasons. Firstly it’s not mine to give; its my school friends Mum’s recipe. Secondly if I gave it to everyone it wouldn’t be special. Lets face it – brownies are even better than a cup of tea. They are perfect for every occasion. Every birth, marriage and death deserves a good brownie. I did tell one friend the recipe and she made them for a party my boyfriend (now husband) was having. It was all very awkward. Wasn’t that a breach of recipe etiquette?

So I’m afraid you’ll have to hunt down your own recipe. Just a clue, as you set off on your quest, the greater the chocolate, the greater the brownie. Also, if you love cheese, I once made a Nigella Lawson brownie recipe with cream cheese in the middle. Even feta cheese would work just as well – perhaps better! Its the sharp cheese flavour with the chocolate that works so well.

My goodness this is all too delicious! Without any more brownie recipe reminiscing, I’m off to the kitchen. Hope you have some happy baking!


Cooking with Footballers and Saints

From Footy Flavours  to Cooking with the Saints, Stephanie Alexander, Donna Hay, Bill Granger, and every type of specialty cookbook, my shelves are getting pretty full with recipes I’ve rarely used.  I have more than 30 cook books on my shelf. I suppose it’s become a good present for a girl who loves and is obsessed with food and cooking.


My favourite food writer by far is Nigella Lawson.  She may look gorgeous on screen, but I think it’s the way she writes about food which has really sustained her success. She understands her reader – she knows the short cuts we are going to make – and she gives us so many more. Nigella even warns you which recipes to only attempt when you have time and patience.  Her food is delicious and often very unfashionable. What other cook would give you a recipe for an absolutely perfect fried mozzarella sandwich?

Nigella often ponders on her love of food – a sentiment I can absolutely relate to.

Despite this love of food, I’m actually quite a cook novice. I realise I’m only at the beginning of my journey to become a half decent cook.  I’ve never tried the tricky stuff like homemade pasta or pastry. I’ve never made my own ravioli  cooked with tofu or tried my hand at lobster. There are so many untried ingredients waiting to be used.

I have no problem using an e reader – but I still think recipes look better on page. There is something so timeless about them – I dream of passing my annotated cook books on to my daughter. I love the pages that have stuck together because you have been making chocolate brownies over and over. So the next couple of months I’m going to try and justify the space my beautiful cooks are taking up.

Starting with Stephanie Alexander  – I discovered one of her beautiful book on a volcanic island in Vanuatu. But that’s a story for another post…