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As I began to work through Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ and Anna Del Conte’s ‘Classic Italian Recipes’, I would tick the recipe I had completed and if I felt it deserved it, I’d give it a smiley face. With both books the smiley face became somewhat redundant. With the exception of two or three recipes between them, every recipe worked and tasted good.

Last night, I had the delight of cooking dinner for, and eating dinner with, my brother and his two kids – my lovely niece and nephew. I had the added delight of dropping in to the shop where my nephew has begun an apprenticeship as a butcher, and ordering the meat for that night’s dinner. He served me with good manners and attentiveness. I, apparently, managed not to embarrass him in the process. It was definitely a ‘proud aunty’ moment!

After dinner all four of us danced, sang, even harmonised, to ‘Stayin’ Alive’. A priceless moment of memories created!

Quite possibly the only brownie recipe you will ever need, Nigella Lawson Chocolate Brownies , from her gorgeous bake book,  How to be a Domestic Goddess .   My kids ask for these every birthday, which is lucky for me as I’m pretty rubbish at fancy cake decorating, and means we have them at least four times a year.  Clearly we have them more often. School bake sales call for chocolate brownies all the time, make a batch and keep half for yourself.   They freeze well so you can pop them into packed lunches as a special Friday treats with minimal fuss.

It was another dark, miserable, day in Hong Kong.  Into our second week of torrential rain, with over 100% humidity, the streets had turned to rivers and cicadas were dropping from the trees into my backyard like dead flies.  My kitchen was dark, damp and muggy.  We all needed cheering up!   On went the oven, on went the air-con and suddenly everything was alright with the world once again…. isn’t it amazing how CHOCOLATE can lift the spirits!

I normally use a dark  Valrhona chocolate with minimum 70% cocoa solids, which I buy by the kilo at Twins Co . (a bakery wholesaler in deepest Wanchai).  I haven’t been over recently and I had totally run out due to the Easter time baking madness, that this time I used Green & Blacks (70% cocoa).  If you do get chance to visit  Twins Co  you should take a cool bag and stock up on butter too, probably half the price of your local supermarket.  The website is rubbish so here is the address, just get yourself down there and see for yourself.

As I began to work through Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ and Anna Del Conte’s ‘Classic Italian Recipes’, I would tick the recipe I had completed and if I felt it deserved it, I’d give it a smiley face. With both books the smiley face became somewhat redundant. With the exception of two or three recipes between them, every recipe worked and tasted good.

Last night, I had the delight of cooking dinner for, and eating dinner with, my brother and his two kids – my lovely niece and nephew. I had the added delight of dropping in to the shop where my nephew has begun an apprenticeship as a butcher, and ordering the meat for that night’s dinner. He served me with good manners and attentiveness. I, apparently, managed not to embarrass him in the process. It was definitely a ‘proud aunty’ moment!

After dinner all four of us danced, sang, even harmonised, to ‘Stayin’ Alive’. A priceless moment of memories created!

As I began to work through Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ and Anna Del Conte’s ‘Classic Italian Recipes’, I would tick the recipe I had completed and if I felt it deserved it, I’d give it a smiley face. With both books the smiley face became somewhat redundant. With the exception of two or three recipes between them, every recipe worked and tasted good.

Last night, I had the delight of cooking dinner for, and eating dinner with, my brother and his two kids – my lovely niece and nephew. I had the added delight of dropping in to the shop where my nephew has begun an apprenticeship as a butcher, and ordering the meat for that night’s dinner. He served me with good manners and attentiveness. I, apparently, managed not to embarrass him in the process. It was definitely a ‘proud aunty’ moment!

After dinner all four of us danced, sang, even harmonised, to ‘Stayin’ Alive’. A priceless moment of memories created!

Quite possibly the only brownie recipe you will ever need, Nigella Lawson Chocolate Brownies , from her gorgeous bake book,  How to be a Domestic Goddess .   My kids ask for these every birthday, which is lucky for me as I’m pretty rubbish at fancy cake decorating, and means we have them at least four times a year.  Clearly we have them more often. School bake sales call for chocolate brownies all the time, make a batch and keep half for yourself.   They freeze well so you can pop them into packed lunches as a special Friday treats with minimal fuss.

It was another dark, miserable, day in Hong Kong.  Into our second week of torrential rain, with over 100% humidity, the streets had turned to rivers and cicadas were dropping from the trees into my backyard like dead flies.  My kitchen was dark, damp and muggy.  We all needed cheering up!   On went the oven, on went the air-con and suddenly everything was alright with the world once again…. isn’t it amazing how CHOCOLATE can lift the spirits!

I normally use a dark  Valrhona chocolate with minimum 70% cocoa solids, which I buy by the kilo at Twins Co . (a bakery wholesaler in deepest Wanchai).  I haven’t been over recently and I had totally run out due to the Easter time baking madness, that this time I used Green & Blacks (70% cocoa).  If you do get chance to visit  Twins Co  you should take a cool bag and stock up on butter too, probably half the price of your local supermarket.  The website is rubbish so here is the address, just get yourself down there and see for yourself.

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