Wednesday, 24 June 2009

antidotes to grumpiness

so, today was just one of those days. i got out of the wrong side of bed or something. i was grumpy pretty much all day. metaphorically stomping around everywhere (i was at work and i thought that real stomping would be frowned upon). coffee didn't make the difference it usually does and after three in a row, i decided to try for something stronger. but even a piece of sour cherry pie from one of my favourite cafe's didn't help (if you have never been to sweet source on rathdowne st in carlton - you so should go, they make amazing food - the kind that usually makes me happy). so i came home and made magic chocolate brownies. cooking and chocolate - two things guaranteed to make me feel better... the recipe came from a friend a few years back - but i can't be any surer of its origins that that. so magic chocolate brownies: 140g butter 200g dark chocolate 200g brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 85g plain flour 75g chopped toasted walnuts (although, i toasted slivered almonds i found in the cupboard) sifted cocoa to dust heat oven to 160 degrees C. grease and line 18cm square tin. melt butter and chocolate. leave to cool a bit, beat in the sugar and vanilla, then add a good pinch of salt. whisk in eggs and egg yolk. then flour. then fold in nuts. bake 40min. allow to cool and then turn onto wire rack. cut into 12 squares and dust with cocoa to serve. mmm, nothing like warm just made chocolate brownies to make you feel better.

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