13 April, 2011
The weekend started out on Friday – with a Brownie Bakeoff at work. I’d organised it because I’m sure MY brownie recipe is the best! But I guess it is all down to personal taste in the end. I made Strawberries and White Chocolate Brownies.
Cream 100gm unsalted butter and 1 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy, then add 3 eggs one at a time beating between. Add 5 ounces melted dark chocolate and 2 teaspoon vanilla essence and beat again. Add 1/2 cup flour and mix slowly. Then gently fold in approx 1 cup chopped dried strawberries and approx 1 cup white chocolate chips or chunks. Put into foil lined tin and bake for about 45 minutes on 160 degrees.
We had a lot of fun though, and everyone enjoyed it so much they want to have another baking competition next month.
On Saturday I found a couple of new recipes to try: Spanish Style Chicken Casserole, and Spice Red Wine-Poached Pears, both out of a Cuisine Magazine (May 2010). The Spanish Style Chicken Casserole was easy and tasty, definately one to put in the weekday repertoire.
For dessert the pears were gently poached in red wine, star anise, cinnamon stick, vanilla pod and sugar. They came out a lovely pink colour, and I reduced some of the liquid to make a syrup.
On Sunday, I made my regular trip to the Farmers Market here in Blenheim, I purchased clams and Agria potoatoes (among other things), and decided to make Clam Chowder. I found a recipe for New England Clam Chowder, added my own twist (some wine…) and it was beautiful. A bit of trouble, but definately worth it.
And then I got sick – sinus and chest infection, so I’ve been sent out of the kitchen so I don’t spread it!