Monday, February 22, 2010

Linda's Chocolate Fridge Bars


So, if you haven't already entered, I'm hosting a little giveaway with Taste of Cape Town! To win one of two double standard tickets to the show at the end of March, just leave a comment on this post, and the two of the most interesting/funny/quirky posters get a set of double tickets! It really is that easy!

But in other news. I have a new recipe! Yes. And it's my first sweet on the blog! I tend not to make that many desserts. I just tend to prefer to cook, rather than bake, and although I love puddings, cakes and so on, I just don't have time to make them often. I used to make a killer malva pudding, but that went the way of the dinosaurs, and my last attempt was a flat, soggy mass. Gross.. But this easy, delicious recipe was given to me by Linda, my Martha-Stewart-in-the-making friend (seriously, she bottles cherries, and makes lemon cordial, divine!) So I figured even I couldn't mess this up, and I didn't. YAY me!

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This is chocolate-y heaven! And it's SIMPLE. Even I, in my wonderful, don't-make-dessert way couldn't mess this up. Ok, my sister probably can, but if you can microwave butter, you can make this. And lick the bowl. Yes, do it. It will be good.

Now, without further ado, I give you .... (drumroll, please)

Linda's (Amazing, incredible, intense) Chocolate Fridge Bars!

250g butter (I used stork margerine for baking)
500g icing sugar (powdered/confectioners sugar for my US readers)
40g cocoa (1/3 cup)
2 eggs (I used extra large, I think, but I don't know if the size would make all THAT much difference)
2 packets marie/tennis biscuits (I used half a pack of each, and it looked like enough to me; tennis biscuits are graham crackers) 

1. Melt butter in a microwave proof, deep bowl in the microwave.
2. Sift in icing sugar and cocoa (I didn't sift, I just mixed it in with a balloon whisk to break it up.)
3. Beat the two eggs, then stir them in.
4. Microwave the entire thing for 2 minutes on high.
5. Remove from the microwave, and break up biscuits. Add the broken biscuit pieces, and stir into the mixture. Stop when it looks like if you add more biscuit it won't be covered by the mixture.
6. Pour the mixture into a flat, rectangular dish.
7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and while it's still soft, remove from the fridge, and cut into pieces, still in the dish. Put it back into the fridge to finish setting. (Don't forget to do this, I hear trying to cut it fully set has broken knives.)

Et, voila! You're done! Break apart the pieces, and feed to all your friends! This is great to take to picnics for an easy dessert after a big meal, or even to just keep in the house for when friends come over! Don't keep it for too long, or else the eggs will go off, but I predict that this chocolate-y goodness won't last long!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

GIVEAWAY - Taste of Cape Town!

Oh wow.. I'm actually too scared to go and see exactly how long it's been since my last post. I know it's bad though, it's been too long, and I promise to try harder, let's just leave it at that, shall we? 

In order to make it up (if I still have any readers left after my incredibly long absence) I have something special for you!! YES!! My very first giveaway! This makes me feel like a really real blogger, so stick with me, it'll be worth it!

I've teamed up with the lovely souls at the Taste of Cape Town, and I'm giving away 2 double sets of standard entry tickets, each set worth R160! Isn't that incredible!? I'm getting carried away, but we're talking the Cape Colony, Bistro 1682 (incredible, I went there! What? Did I forget to tell you?), Maze, Nobu, Reuben's, Ginja, etc., etc.! You don't need me to tell you that those are some of the finest restaurants in the greater Cape Area! This is all the restaurants you've ever wanted to try, but been to worried about the price tag/pretentiousness/sommelier/whatever to actually go. At the Taste of Cape Town, you can try them all, for about R30 a dish!

Now, when you pay full price for the tickets (as I have done, and even if you don't win, I URGE you to go!), it is a pricey day, though well worth it. But you can get it for free! Yes! FREE! And who doesn't like free stuff?

Anyway, so to win tickets, here's what I want you to do. It's simple! Leave me a comment telling me which of these restaurants you've been dying to try (hint: go to the website and see the list of restaurants), and I'll pick a winner! 

Tell me something interesting, some reason why you would kill to try one of these restaurants, a funny story of what you might do, or even a recommendation for one of the restaurants that you HAVE tried and loved, and you can win a set of double tickets from me and the kind folks at the Taste of Cape Town! That's all.. Closing date for this giveaway is Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 (cause I hate Tuesday, and it needs some perking up!)

Now, go forth and comment!!

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