Hello friends, how are you this fine Monday? I had such a brilliant weekend – I spent time with lovely friends and family, ran a 10k (whoop!) and then had some festive fun. So brilliant all round! How was yours? And how’s your week been? I’ve had lots of fun stuff going on in the last few days, so let’s get down to the smiley happy things from the last week. Don’t forget to share yours if you fancy, I’d love to have a read!
So last Wednesday I started my new job, hooray to me! It’s so exciting to start a new job isn’t it – well if you ignore all the butterflies!? I’d forgotten that because it’s been over five years since I started a job, but I have to say I kinda enjoyed it! Thankfully everyone’s been so lovely to me in the three days I’ve been there – there’s lots of nattering and coffee breaks and no one’s had a go at me for asking too many questions, phew! Plus my lovely new colleagues took me out for lunch on my first day – so very kind of them! I’m also really enjoying finding out about what I’ll be working on and starting to develop some ideas for these lovely new books. I’ve also had loads of new books to read, which is one of my favourite things! The other thing about my new job? A new desk that needs personalising with lots of lovely new stationery, my Disney Pixar desk calendar and a new mug – hooray to that! So far I’ve added: colourful pens, an owl mug for said pens, pink post it notes, my new badger mug, photos and of course a new notebook and weekly planner . So far I’m loving my new desk, especially as there’s a window and everything!
Another things that’s made my week is that I did another 10k! Whilst I didn’t beat my PB I did at least complete the distance, which is most definitely a positive as it was freezing on Saturday. I’ve also done for so few runs recently that I wouldn’t have been surprised if I hadn’t managed it. Another good thing about the 10k was that it was through the Nottingham Forest, which was absolutely stunningly beautiful. I really wish I lived closer to it so I could go for walks there every week, it’s just amazing.
To balance out the exercise from the weekend I made sure to treat myself this week too! First up with multiple coffees in my new Starbucks mug – yes I know it’s Christmass-y but I couldn’t say no to something featuring ice skates or that was free, come on now! The second big treat of the week? Homemade chocolate, raspberry and biscuit brownies, which were absolutely diving. I can’t believe I’ve not mixed those three things before. I will most definitely be mixing them in the future, that’s for sure!
My final smiley happy thing from the past seven days was having a couple of days off of work with nothing planned. Why was this good? Well it meant that I got to spend two days doing nothing other than drink coffee and read new books, talk about bliss. Plus the weather seemed to be on my side as I was able to sit outside in the sunshine for three hours on Monday and read my book and watch the world go by. Another reason why I wish I could win the lottery, I would thoroughly enjoy spending my life doing that let me tell you!
Posted by Fi at this and that blog on November 11, 2013
For this month’s Pinterest Corner I knew straightaway that I wanted to bake something rather than craft something, as it’s been a while since a recipe made an appearance on here and baking is a BIG part of my life. Despite all this, it seemed to take me forever to settle on what that baked item should be – possibly that’s due to the fact that I have over 500 recipes saved on my Sweet Eats board, yes what can I say I have a VERY sweet tooth! Anyway finally over the weekend I hit on the perfect recipe, which just happens to have been pinned to my Sweet Eats board twice, yes really twice. And now I think about it was a logical choice. I mean my obsession with brownies is really quite well documented on Cook Bake and Eat (my foodie blog) as over there I’ve shared Oreo, sweet potato and mint brownies in the past, so these fantastically chocolatey Marsmallow Brownies seemed like a great recipe to try next. As surely marshmallows (one of my favourite things) would make the perfect addition, when I think of the pairing of chocolate and marshmallow gooeyness, I can’t even form words. Just wow – talk about match made in heaven! Also don’t they just look divine?
As for the ingredients, this was another plus point as I have all the required ingredients in my cupboards already – they are staples after all. So limited preparations – perfect! The recipe suggests that you make them for Halloween, which is quite ingenious, but I honestly could not handle waiting until then, I needed to make these brownies asap!
So here’s the recipe:
1 – Mix together the flour, cocoa and sugar
2 – Beat the eggs together
3 – Melt the chocolate and butter together
4 – Stir all the ingredients together
5 – Fold in the marshmallows
6 – Pour into a lined tin (30cm squared)
7 – Bake on 190oC for twenty minutes until set on top but still gooey in the middle
So easy right? And can I just say, totally delicious, full of gooeyness and crunch as well as caramelised bites of marshmallow. Divine.
I should flag that I baked these brownies for twenty minutes at the temperature specified and the top burnt whilst the middle was a tad (okay a lot) too squishy. So definitely cook these for longer and on a lower temperature if you’re not prepared to dig in with a spoon!
So what do you think do you fancy giving these a whirl? And any other brownie flavours I just have to try?
Posted by Fi at this and that blog on October 16, 2013
As I mentioned last week I had a bit of a baking session on Wednesday when I discovered a recipe for Oreo Brownies, they sounded so good to be true I really had to give them a whirl. For any of those interested, below is the recipe. It’s a recipe from Lorraine Pascal’s Baking Made Easy recipe book, which is fast becoming one of my favourites. I can honestly say that these are not only super easy to make, but they also taste absolutely scrumptious. I was initially concerned that the brownies were too sloppy once they came out of the oven, but after popping them in the fridge overnight they were a lot more stable and more brownie-like. It’s not surprising they were quite squidgy as you don’t add massive amounts of flour to the mixture, so it is quite runny when you pop it in the tin.
You will need:
- 165g butter
- 200g dark chocolate – finely chopped
- 3 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 165g soft light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 154g Oreo biscuits – broken into quarters
And all you do is:
- Melt the butter and chocolate together
- Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla essence in a large bowl until they are light and fluffy
- Add the sugar a bit at a time, whisking after each addition (make sure you pour the sugar round the side of the bowl so as not to knock out the air you’ve whisked in)
- Once the mixture has stiffened pour in the chocolate mixture (pour round the sides again)
- Next add the flour, cocoa powder and a third of the Oreos and stir until combined
- Pour into a greased and lined tin (21cm square)
- Sprinkle the rest of the Oreos over the top and press them into the mixture slightly
- Bake at 180⁰C for 25-30 minutes until the middle is gooey.
- Leave to cool in the tin before removing, cutting up and scoffing them all!
See I told you they were simple to make and to be honest the very small effort is totally worth it as they are scrumptious, with just the perfect brownie texture – I promise you’ll love them! Let me know if you make them, I’d love to hear how they turned out!
Posted by Fi at this and that blog on August 29, 2013
Morning my little porcupines, how the devil are you?! Sorry for interrupting your Thursday morning, but I just wanted to share one small thing. Last night this happened…oops!
Yep that’s right brownies that contain Oreo biscuits. Bloody genius if you ask me! Plus they taste absolutely sensational too. The recipe will be on this here blog soonish, I promise! Have a fabulous Thursday peeps. xx
Posted by Fi at this and that blog on August 22, 2013