5th week after my ankle and ribs fracturing and there's healing going on but not pain-free yet and still wearing the brace on the right leg and not being able to sleep on the left.
SO.......... TREAT TIME!!!!!
After finishing the 11 day diet, I went back on it last Saturday and made it to day 9 before getting cravings and being really fed up and tearful, it was all too much. And that week I only ''lost'' 2 lbs so it wasn;t worth it, too soon I think to repeat such strange eating. Still I'm back in my faved jeans and other gear so it was a good thing to do.
Just to reflect on family life in the 2014's.... Eldest watching a film in the kitchen on Sky, youngest in her bedroom watching a film on her Kindle, Dad lying on sofa watching a violent ''boys'' flick in living room and moi at my computer in my wee den catching up on the Great Interior Design Challenge on i-player and doing a little crochet on my Noro waistcoat?!!!!
One dog on a bed with youngest upstairs and the other one at my side lying on a warm dressing gown that's awaiting some mending. All happily relaxing but little interaction going on.
I made a family meal for later and baked Brownies to cheer up all up. Later- after brownies- the girls went for a cycle ride and saw a stag!- I wish I'd gone too but I can't cycle yet due to the ankle so it was getting all excited visually with crochet photos on Pinterest for me.
You can also add a teaspoon of ginger or cinnamon to the mix to vary it a bit and of course nuts, but I don;t add any nuts into mine as I'm allergic to them.
Ingredients: for 12 medium to large brownies
- 6 eggs- use 3 whole and the whites of the other 3- my dogs eat the yolks as their treat.
- 60-85 g dark cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 4 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 180 g self-raising flour
- dash of salt
- 350 g castor sugar and another few heaped tablespoons for the apple sauce
- 3 large Bramley apples: peeled , cored and cubed
- butter for greasing the tins
- optional variations as mentioned above.
Mix the flour with the cocoa and the sugar in a large bowl and add the vanilla and oil.
Add a little water to the chopped cooking apples in a pyrex bowl- about a quarter up the side of the bowl compared to the top level of the apple pieces. Cover with clingfilm, pierce with a fork and microwave on high for 8 to 12 minuted depending on your microwave, the apple should come out as sauce.
Let cool down and add some heaped spoons of sugar if so desired.( optional- my girls like it added but the brownies are less sweet if you don;t add it)
Whisk the 3 eggs and 3 egg whites until very frothy and then whisk in 12 heaped table -spoons of the apple sauce.
Now mix and combine the flour/sugar mix with the eggs and apple and mix very very thoroughly, trying not to lose too much of the air from the whisking. Divide into two and pour into the baking tins and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out and slice into 12 ''bars''per tray.
Sprinkle with sieved icing sugar if desired before serving.
Soft and sweet and moist and ever so ever so chocolatey!
BON APPETIT !!! Enjoy and can I say these always go down really well at charity bake- sales or school events as well....And they freeze well except our are always eaten long before I parcel them up for the freezer...
Dinner was shepherd's pie: look:
And after the oven, ready to eat at our family meal.