Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gingerbread brownie - take 1

I loooooooove gingerbread and I looooooooove brownies. Which got me thinking - always a dangerous pastime - what gingerbread brownies would taste like? After a quick google I didn't find a good looking recipe (= there wasn't one on bbc good food/Delia's/Nigella's websites) so I decided to experiment. And it being Monday night I knew I had my willing group of guinea pigs volunteers waiting to devour whatever I make so there was no time to be wasted.

I had my handy helper ready and willing to be the first tester of anything so it was time to experiment...

My experimental recipe was:

Dry mix
160 gr flour
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Wet mix
120ml sunflower oil
100gr brown sugar (not wet I know)
1 egg
90 gr golden syrup
50 ml milk

150 gr chopped dark chocolate
50 gr glace cherries

I mixed all the dry things together and all the wet things together, then quickly stirred dry mix into the wet and finally added chopped chocolate and cherries. Into a tin it went and I baked it for about 35 minutes at 170c.

The mixture came out quite runny, the picture above is just before I put the mixture in the oven. I'm guessing because of this the chocolate and cherries sank to the bottom and formed a sticky gooey layer at the base. Definitely the messy eating kind of a brownie!

They tasted yummee but I think the recipe could be improved...I'm thinking of leaving out the milk, maybe heating up the syrup and oil up together with the spices to infuse the flavour more and maybe substituting flour for ground this space!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Rocket power

Women's breakfast at church equals boytime for young sir and daddy. Last Saturday I got woken up at 5am by rather excited young sir who wanted to know when I was going out so he could start building a rocket with daddy.

After an other four hours I finally left the house and the inventors were let loose. The plan was to build a water rocket. After a trial run that flew over the neighbours hedge they took the finished prototype to park and launched it. Very successfully.

When I got back few hours later, young sir wanted to immediately drag me to the park for a demonstration of this amazing contraption they had build so off we went. I was impressed.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So fragile and so strong

Life is a funny thing. I take it for granted yet I know it is limited. Only I forget. Often.

Last week we got news of a friend having cancer again. It is inoperable and terminal according to the doctors. In the midst of all the darkness of the news, the only glimmer of light is faith. 

I believe God can heal.

I believe in miracles. Even if I don't understand how, when or why they happen.

I believe in life after death even without the logic of Pascal's wager convincing me.

I believe my prayers can make a difference.

I believe the prayers of the church family will make a difference. 

I believe because I rather have the hope of life than the fear of death as my focus.

I believe God will heal Rebekah and bless her with long life so that she will see her children's children.