Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Cooking mixed with Weekend Update

1.  Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and her post and review of The Crabby Cook Cookbook is very funny.  I often get busted by not reading the whole recipe through and this is how mistakes are made.  Click to her post to see the Lemon Drop Recipe she made for herself.   Yum and makes me think of summer.

2. I woke up this morning and am still not out of bed.  You might think I'm sick but nope just tired, really tired.  I've not slept perfectly all week.  I wake up at like 3:45 a.m. and struggle to get back to sleep.  I'm not awake enough to read but not asleep enough to dive back into dreamland.  I don't know how to solve this crazy sleep pattern or what is causing it.

3. We had  friends over last night and I made  Garbanzo Noodle Soup and a lovely salad.  We ended the night with a rousing game of Guesstures. Have you played this game?  It is hysterical and perfect for people of all ages to play. Think charades in that you act out the four cards while your cards rest  in this mechanical timer, which drops the cards down if you don't grab them quick enough.   It is well worth the $24.00 if your family loves games like ours does.  We laughed a lot and I got some great video of several key moments! 

4.  Yesterday I went for it and changed from blogspot to .com, something I messed with before and vowed to finish before January was over.  It seems to have worked out fine blogrolls are gone, toast, NOT THERE...I must have missed that statement in the fine print-just like not reading the recipe all the way through.  I don't know whether to wait and see if they will "magically show up" or start adding them back in.  Not what I had planned for my day but it is something I can do from bed so not so bad.  I can see snow from all three windows of my bedroom so that is not pulling me up and out.  Any ideas, blog world???   I am now

5.  I do have a lovely dinner planned of Scottish Salmon and a pound of Cod to cook up.  I have some organic baked potatoes to make and green beans, snapped and ready to go.  I will get up to make these bars later today.  Other than that what makes this post worthy of Weekend Cooking you ask??  This dessert.  My kids will love me.

Rocky Road Brownies
(Eating Well, Feb. 2011)

1 cup less 1 T all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 1/2 T. unsalted butter
1/2 cup plus 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder, natural
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla
8 regular-size marshmallows
2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 cup chopped bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Line bottom of 8-in pan with parchment paper or foil coated with cooking spray.  Leave an overhang.

2. Thoroughly wisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

3. Melt butter in med. saucepan until sizzling.  Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa, then sugar.  (will look like dark brown sugar) Add egg, egg whites, and vanilla.  Stir briskly until smooth and glossy.  Stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated.  Then stir briskly for another 50 strokes.  [really??]  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  the batter will be very shallow in the pan.  If you have time, cover the pan and refrigerate for a few hours or up to 12 hours.  [(This hydrates the cocoa powder and flour and brings all the flavors sharply into focus)  Remove from the refrigerater about 30 minutes before baking; preheat oven to 350 degrees.

4. Quarter marshmellows with an oiled knife [I have some mini-marshmallows to use instead] Distribute the pieces over the batter, pressing them in. Distribute the nuts [i'm using pecans] and chocolate around the marshmallows.

5. Bake brownies unti the marshmellows are golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes. You can use the toothpick method; toothpick will come out still a bit moist.  Brownies in a metal pan will bake faster than those in a glass pan.  [I did not know this until just now]; if you are unsure, bake a few extra minutes.  Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack for about 2 hours. Lift the ends of the pan liner and transfer to a cutting board.  Cut into 16 brownies.

I did not know they had to cool for 2 blasted hours...I need to get up out of bed and start making these now so they will be ready for dessert.  Typing out the recipe does insure that I have to actually read the whole thing and now I have a purpose to get up out of bed.  Heave Ho...

Click here...Rocky Road Brownies...if you want the pure unadulterated version, without my crazy comments.



Beth F said...

LOL -- It was when I was typing the Lemon Drop recipe that I realized that I had never quite read the directions. Ooops!

I love everything about this post. I have no answers for the sleep problems but I think I'm going to checking into that game for our next family gathering--sounds like something we'd all have fun with.

Blog change: just wait it out for 3 or 4 days. You may lose your quick-edit tools too. It has to do with the changing URL but once your blog is out of transition, all should be restored. At least it was for me -- so I have fingers crossed for you.

The brownies look fabulous! I wasn't planning on baking this weekend, but, um, oh my!

Vasilly said...

Ha! I hope you can get some sleep today. Usually when I start having weird sleeping patterns, I'll take a sleeping pill for a few days before bed, to ensure that I'll sleep throughout the night. That usually works.

Your brownies look amazing! I think I need to try this recipe.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Love Guestures! Oh and I think I gained a few pounds just looking at the Rocky Road Brownies picture!

Joy Weese Moll said...

Those look like tremendous brownies! I have new standard advice for sleep problems (based on new experience surrounding menopause--fun!): don't worry about it. When your body is ready, it will sleep. Until it is, just relax and rest and breathe deeply. I'm surprised by how few hours I can get by on at certain times-- sometimes, but not always, making it up later.

Chinoiseries said...

Congrats on your new domain :) Hope you get the old blogroll working again...
The brownies look heavenly, I second Sheila; just by looking at them I may have gained a few pounds ;)
Hope you get some sleep!

Marie said...

The brownies look so good.

I hope you get some sleep soon. When I had trouble sleeping, my doctor told me to look up "sleep hygiene" on the internet. I've had limited success with some of the suggestions. Maybe one will work for you.

Heather said...

Great looking brownies. I also had trouble reading my recipe this week.