How many . . .

. . . of these do you think I can eat?

There is no competition, Lindor Extra Dark are my very favourite chocolates. Last year in Florence, I found the Lindt shop and of course I was forced to try some flavours that I hadn’t seen before. They were lush and I wouldn’t turn any of them down, but chocolate should be dark to be taken seriously.

Now, I’ve tried all sorts of expensive chocolate with high cocoa percentages and they are lovely even when there’s barely any sugar.

But these Lindor still win.

Although they’re dark, they’re still sweet.So how many of these heavenly treats can I eat?

I think I’ll leave you guessing . . .

What Kind of Chocolate are You?

You’ve all seen those crazy Facebook quizzes, which Disney princess are you, which Greek goddess are you? what flavour smoothie are you? Well today I’m sharing what kind of chocolate I am.  Of course I’m never the same, but on Mondays I’m this kind of chocolate,

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that’s scary, grumpy and menacing.

Thankfully on Friday, that’s tomorrow I’m more like this,

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Dark, mysterious and irresistible 🙂
Tell me what kind of chocolate are you?

100Word Challenge for Grown Ups Week # 82

Julia says, ‘As Easter is nearly with us and the shops are bulging with it,’ the prompt is:
…looking at all of that chocolate…

Golden Pods

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I stood looking at all of that chocolate and was carried back in time to my childhood home. Then I didn’t know what chocolate tasted like, I just knew the yellow pods had to be harvested and sent away, so that children in other countries could have something called Easter eggs. But eggs came from chickens.   I asked if a chicken was inside. I covered my eyes as father took a machete and aimed, I didn’t want to see a baby chick cut open. Bang, and then there was something creamy. I put my finger in and tasted, so this was chocolate? But what about the eggs?

Join in at http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week/

Sunday Post: Recipe

Each week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. The idea is that you post your response and then link it to http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/ to share your post within the week. This weeks theme is recipe! I have the most wonderful recipe for brownies (honestly the best you’ll ever taste) but no photo I’m afraid.

Here we go! Gilly’s Chocolate Brownies

100 g butter

225 g golden castor sugar

50 g cocoa powder – it’s worth paying a little extra for something like Green & Blacks!

2 eggs

50 g self-raising flour

50 g dark chocolate – eating not cooking. It doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact if you’re in the UK Aldi’s own is excellent! Cut it into chunks. DO NOT USE CHOCOLATE CHIPS!

Put the butter in a small pan and melt over a low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder, making sure you remove any lumps

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the sugar and mix until smooth. Shhh! Now add the secret ingredient! If you have heard of Camp coffee, add a generous teaspoon, if not then make a concentrated espresso and add a teaspoon of that. Pour in the butter and cocoa mixture and gradually add the flour through a sieve. Keep stirring until it becomes a sticky mixture. Finally, add the chocolate chunks.

Pour all into a greased and lined, shallow baking tin about 10×7 and bake in the centre of a preheated oven at gas mark 4 or 180c, for about 40 minutes. The brownies will be crispy on top and gooey in the middle. Leave them in the tin for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Transfer to a cooling rack and wait until they are cool enough to eat – yeah right!

They are divine with raspberries and posh vanilla ice cream!

This recipe was passed to me by a friend and she would say it’s hers but as she doesn’t read my blog I’ll get away with calling it mine, unless she proves me wrong!