Sunday, June 07, 2009

food...and flowers!

i know i meant for this to be a food blog but since my regular blog is wonky at the moment and i can't post anything to it, i have to put these pics here! at the zoo yesterday i was faascinated by the beautiful animals but also the flowers! this one was particularly interesting. It's probably an iris of some sort [if i've not mistaken] the fact that there're so few of these around made me appreciate it even more, it looks so elegant there all alone among the green stalks.
this one looks so ethereal and glowing, its soft petals seemingly framed into a "Face".
back to food!!

last week I decided to bake some brownies to celebrate Christine's bday but instead of doing all the work I just bossed Phoebe around and made her do everything :D she liked it though so she didnt mind. we used a very easy melt and mix brownie recipe with walnuts and the result was very good, a flavourful, chewy, nutty brownie full of bite.

melt in a microwave using a BIG bowl 250g butter, 2 cups brown sugar and 250g semisweet chocolate, whisk in 6 whole eggs, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla, 2/3 cups flour, 2/3 cups cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp baking powder. add 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts then bake at 180C until set [if using cupcake cases like I did, it'll probbaly take 20-25mins, if baking in one big slab, probably 40 mins but check regularly to make sure they don't burn!]
below are pics of some fish we had with our porridge for lunch one day. some of the fish were pregnant so there were long egg sacs [shown below] which we grilled along with the fish flesh topped with nothing but tomyam paste. i like the ones from Thailand better than the malaysian made ones. these egg sacs look like sausages! each was filled with thousands of tiny eggs!
yummy but i stopped at one because they're full of cholesterol.
the grilled fish pieces. the skin was nice and crisp from the grilling.

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