12 April 2009

Easter Weekend with a chocolate fondant

So this weekend has been a busy one, even though I don't have much photographic proof of everything.

Friday was probably the least eventful, although we did manage to plan about half the colour schemes for the rooms of the house, based on stuff we'd seen before but looking better at the paint in B&Q. I did manage to get a cheap copy of The Gentle Art of Domesticity though, so that was great.

On Saturday, I managed to get loads done. I baked two batches of hot cross buns (one normal, one chocolate). They both should have been kneaded more as they've come out quite heavy but they're not bad for a first attempt. I also made a cake and managed to get the ironing done, as well as some other random tasks around my mum's house.

Today was probably the best though. Watched Doctor Who (brilliant!) and the Dark Knight, knitted a lot (should be finished the mitts soon) and then did dinner consisting of baked lamb (Delia Smith's recipe from March Good Food magazine) with glazed carrots and Spanish potatoes from the same issue. The lamb tasted nice, although I really wouldn't do the wine reduction again, the carrots were good and the potatoes would be better with something else and cooked properly. I followed up with chocolate fondant though (again, from the same magazine) and these were brilliant, if I do say so myself! Tasted quite a lot like Gu puddings and actually pretty easy to make. I shall definitely by doing these again...so I'll just put the recipe right here!

Chocolate Fondant
Serves 4

100g butter (I used margarine)
100g dark chocolate (around 70% cocoa solids stuff - I used some Madagascan stuff from Aldi)
80g sugar
20g plain flour
2 large eggs
cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to gas mark 6
2. Grease 4 200ml ramekins and dust with cocoa powder
3. Melt chocolate and butter together in a bowl over simmering water and leave to cool for 5 minutes
4. Whisk together eggs, flour and sugar until smooth
5. Fold in chocolate mix
6. Divide mixture into ramekins, place on baking tray and cook in the oven for minutes or until just set on top.
7. Turn out and serve with vanilla ice cream

Tomorrow will be leftovers with roast potatoes when my brother comes round. House stuff too

06 April 2009

I Should Be Working...

...but I don't want to! The only thing I have to do is write a report on the course I went on last Wednesday and I really don't know what to write.

In other news...the time off was fun but exhausting and we'll still not really much further on with the house. Every time we clear out something or strip a wall, we find something that makes the place go from bad to worse. But I don't really want to talk about all of that!

Knitting is still busy. Andy's socks are done, my cardigan is coming along nicely, if a little slowly and I've started the March Socktopus parcel, although I will probably have to hibernate whilst I knit something for my friend for her birthday. Annoyingly, with being so busy with the house and having my own deadlines, I won't be submitting my sock pattern to anywhere for summer release but, hopefully, it'll be somewhere by the autumn, which seems forever away but it really isn't!

I've been at my job for nearly 6 months now and I'm very happy. In fact, it was weird having so many people tell me how much better I look now compared with 9 months ago. It was lovely being back in London, seeing people I've not seen in forever and even managing to get to a yarn store I'd never been to (well, two, but socktopus wasn't open when I left). Andy's gig went well enough in the sense that the band has a meeting with a label tomorrow (who happen to be a part of a very major label). I'm not holding my breath though as I know these things take time. The album is all done and as soon as it's being sold, I'll be pimping it out on here!

Now...I really should try and do some work!