Monthly Archives: April 2012

10 questions?

Someone is spreading some sunshine and Casey Wyatt has included me for a nomination, the “Sunshine Award” on her blog and has given me a little homework to do! Casey has asked me to answer 10 questions… but I have cheated a little and sort of turned some of the questions into food related ones as Casey Wyatt is a writer and author of paranormal romance and me a foodie!

The Questions?

What is your weapon of choice during a zombie apocalypse?

I think that would have to be my chefs’ knife! It’s quite a versatile knife to have in any kitchen! I have included a link on How to properly “sharpen your knives“…  just in case!

Do you have a favorite comic strip? And what is it?

A little bit of food humour!

http://www.vegetus.org/vegtoon/cow16.htm

Do you have an obsession?

It has to be all my kitchen tools, bakeware, cookbooks…etc!

Most interesting Chocolate-related quote you’ve ever read?

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done. – Anonymous.

What food would you never say no to? 

These little shots of this wonderful creamy dessert Creme Brulee

also this very tasty Home-Made Cheese! 

What is this obsession with zombies all things kitchen?

The obsession still continues… my Food and Tools blog! 

What is your favourite skeleton?

It has to be this cucumber!

What is your new guilty guiltless pleasure television show?

Love watching Luke Nguyen Vietnamese cooking programmes.

Who has the most divine abs carbs in existence? 

Italians for their wonderful pasta and pizza and bread recipes! Gino D’Acampo’s not bad either! 

If you had to choose between receiving a gift or going somewhere fun, what would you chose?

Cooking Holiday in Tuscany which is on my bucket list!

What is your favorite zombie food movie?

One man’s passion (David Lee Hoffman) for tea!  Also the movies Julie and Julia and Chocolat!

Some blogs that bring some sunshine…  so many (still sifting through cyber space) creative blogs on food, pottery and photography out there, which are a great source of inspiration and are a wealth of knowledge!

photograzing.seriouseats.com

nicholas mosse pottery

learnmyshot.com

Homework completed!  Thanks for spreading the sunshine :)

Rocky Road Chocolate Cakes

Looking at the Good Food Calendar hanging in my kitchen I could not help but take  notice of the very rich and delectable looking Rocky Road Chocolate Cake featured for the month of April… it was like as if the photograph was saying…“bake me”, “bake me”… so I did exactly that!  It has been quite some time since I made anything rocky road and with my son back for the holidays, home baked goodies were back on the menu.

I quite liked the idea of a chocolate cake topped with a layer of rocky road which consisted of  melted chocolate, marshmallows, walnuts, raisins and crunchy Maltesers… definitely a rustic and homely looking bake!

Place some Rocky Road Chocolate Cakes into little gift boxes and give to family and friends for a special Easter treat.

Rocky Road Chocolate Cakes

( recipe and method from the 2012 Good Food Calendar)

Ingredients:

  • 175g/6oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g/8oz light soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 140g/5oz self-raising flour
  • 50g/2oz cocoa powder
  • For the Rock Road
  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 300g/11oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 12 marshmallows, halved with scissors
  • 85g/3oz Maltesers
  • 85g/ raisins
  • 50g/2oz walnut halves

Note: Looking at the recipe I decided to add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract when mixing the ingredients for the chocolate cake base.

Rubbing a little vegetable oil on the scissors, helps prevent the marshmallows from sticking.

I omitted the raisins from the rocky road layer.

Chilling the finished cake makes cutting into squares much easier.

You will need a 20cm square cake tin greased and lined (side and base) with baking parchment.

How to make: Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/160C fan/Gas 4.

Gently melt the butter in a large pan, cool for 5 minutes, then stir in the eggs, flour and cocoa and beat well. Spoon into tin, level the surface and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

To make the rocky road: Gently melt the butter, chocolate and syrup together. Cool for 15 minutes, then stir in the marshmallows, Maltesers, raisins and walnuts. Make sure the chocolate is cool because if it isn’t the marshmallows will melt. Spoon on top of cake in tin and lightly spread to cover it completely. Leave to set in a cool place. Remove from tin, carefully strip off the lining paper and cut into squares.

Easy: Colour some white eggs with food coloring. Mix a few drops of food colouring with some water in a bowl. Place eggs into the coloured water and leave until eggs are desired colour

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