So remember that recipe I posted for cheesecake-marbled chocolate brownies? Yeah, THAT one (shame on you if you haven't yet tried it), the one that provides maximum pleasure for minimal effort? Well I think I just found its mama. I figured if you remove the cheesecake stage, double up on the chocolate ingredients and chuck into the oven, you've got an even simpler, quicker (and potentially even richer) brownie. A bit of measuring here, a spot of melting there and a lot of mixing everywhere. Done.
And what a week for some baking ey? Torrential rains and blustery winds are every reason to hole up in a cosy kitchen and bake (and then snuggle down under the duvet and of course eat). I find the week after Christmas is always a bit of a strange one; a lingering interlude between the end of one year and the start of another… with not a lot going on to fill your time. Let's face it, we've all overeaten (but exercising before the start of the new year is just… well, not done really), we've spent most of our money buying everyone's presents (so the sales are a no-go too) and it seems utterly pointless starting anything new before 1st January.
It's nice to have come out this side of it though; rested, relaxed and ready to go. Having had the time to work out what we want to achieve within the next year of our lives. So once again, to all of you, happy 2012. Be happy, make it count and realise that we never, ever get time back so we have to make every moment a memory.