Archive for September, 2012


300g semi-sweet chocolate

2 tbs butter

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla

Melt together in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir until smooth.

1/2 cup butter, soft

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp soda

2 cups quick oats

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk together flour and soda. Beat in until combined, followed by oatmeal.

Line bottom of a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment, leaving enough length to lift out squares later.

Pat 2/3 of batter into pan. Spread with chocolate and dot with remaining batter.

Bake at 350F for 25 min. Set on a wire rack to cool completely before lifting out and cutting into squares.

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5.5 cup rolled oats
4.5 cup nuts (selection of almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts)
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup coconut oil
scant ½ cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Combine well. Spread onto two large baking sheets and bake at 325F for 20-25 mins.
Sprinkle with Maldon salt.
Fold in 2 cups dried cranberries or cherries. Cool completely before storing, refrigerated, in an airtight container.
Brined Walnuts
1 lb raw walnut halves
4 cups warm water
1/2 cup kosher salt
In a large bowl, dissolve salt in water. Add walnuts. Let soak for three hours: drain.
Spread walnuts into a single layer on a baking sheet. Allow to dry in a 170F oven for 5-6 hours, stirring periodically to encourage even drying. The nuts will have a crispy, somewhat crackly texture when thoroughly dried. (Under-drying will result in the nuts being vulnerable to mold.)
Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


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Reblogged by NiceFatGurdie, in honour of Chefhusband, longsuffering lover of food.

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A very special post by my celebrity guest blogger Cameron Power.

Everyone knows that chefs are angry people. They are self absorbed, self-centred, sadistic, narcissistic bastards who thrive on heaping their shit onto other people’s plates whilst mentally assaulting anybody who comes within earshot of their verbal tirades.  basically they are mean-spirited, spiteful and vicious, and that’s on a good day.

As someone who has been a chef for the last decade , from lowly dishwasher, to shit-kicking apprentice, to the highs of an executive chef, I have experienced enough of this career to feel qualified to ask, Why would anybody, and I mean anybody, choose this as a profession? Long hours, shocking pay, the mind numbing routine of sweating, bleeding and being degraded, and all for seemingly nothing. You get home and sleep for two hours before you have to wash and iron your uniform, sharpen your knives…

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

1/2 medium onion, diced
2 tbs butter
5 cups chopped broccoli florets
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup cream
kosher salt/freshly ground pepper
In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion in butter until translucent. Stir in broccoli. Add stock and simmer 15 to 30 minutes, until broccoli is very tender.
Transfer into a blender. Puree until smooth. Return to pot and heat gently. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cream.

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