Yes darling, it's not just your arm that has chocolate on it.
:: Dana's Chocolate Cake ::
(From Destitute Gourmet by Sophie Gray)
- 1 2/3 cup plain flour (I often do half wholemeal)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 100g butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
I made a double batch. One for a friend.
Put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix. Pour into a lined or greased 20cm cake tin. (The recipe suggests a loose-bottom cake tin but as you can see I haven't used one, using the baking paper makes it easy to lift out). Cook for at least 50 minutes at 180 c. Check it's cooked by poking a skewer into the centre, it should come out clean. Ice with your favourite icing.
While I'm on the subject of foodie stuff... at the moment I am in the process of creating for myself a monthy meal plan along with a monthy shopping list.
For two reasons. Firstly to help make the shopping and nightly meal making a little easier. So I don't have to go to the supermarket so often (it's not my favourite thing to do), and so I don't get to 4.30 everyday and think ok what's for dinner tonight. So I can plan my pantry a little better and stop doing those 'top-up' visits to the supermarket where I come back with lots of things I probably didn't really need.
And secondly to help me be more thoughtful about what I feed my family and how much I spend on it. I know if I plan more it will be easier to move away from the convenience of the supermarket and rather buy more economical and better quality products from other sources. For example meats from the butchery, or friends and family. Fruit and vegetables and honey at the local markets or vege shop. Grains, flours etc from the bulk food store. Trying to buy local, trying to buy organic, eating what is in season and making a lot more things from scratch. Just thinking about the ingredients and trying to make sure that what we put into our bodies counts. I don't mind eating more simply, I'd rather pay a little more and buy less if I know it's better quality.
Anyway, all this to say that I'll be sharing some ideas and recipies and shopping lists along the way, and at the end of it I hope to have myself a master shopping list and a collection of simple and healthy meals that the whole family enjoys.
Hopefully you might find some of it helpful, and hopefully you might share some of your ideas, recipies and shopping lists with me too :).