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From the fridge: Champagne Punch

21 Apr

After some bad news in my friendship group and some forthcoming departures, I thought it was time to invite my girlfriends around for a little evening catch up. As this was decided at the last minute, I needed to provide them with some incentive (other than a good old chin-wag) to come around. Aside from the given, cheese platters, I had to make some form of alcoholic concoction for us to drown our sorrows with…enter champagne punch.

Easy Champagne Punch:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of champagne… ok sparkling wine. (Don’t bother with the fancy stuff, Yellowglen Yellow will do).
  • 600mL ginger ale
  • 600mL soda water
  • 500mL pineapple juice
  • 150mL vodka (for a little extra hit)
  • 1 punnet strawberries, quartered.
  • 1 medium sized orange, sliced thinly.
  • Good handful of mint, washed.
  • ICE ICE ICE

So here’s how you do it.

  • Bang it all in a punch bowl/jug and stir to combine.
Easy, delicious and no prior planning required.

Easy, delicious and no prior planning required.

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From The Pantry: Chocolate Brownies.

7 Apr

The reason I love this recipe so much, is that all of the ingredients are staple pantry ingredients. Meaning, I do not need to plan ahead to make these delights (because lets face it, I don’t even know what I’m eating tomorrow let alone on the weekend for desert).

As no chocolate (even the cooking chocolate) lasts in my house, the joy about these brownies is that they are made with cocoa powder and not real chocolate. No mix-master required. Just a wooden spoon and a little elbow grease. So here is the recipe for Isabella’s Chocolate Brownies.

Ingredients

  • 250g butter
  • 430g (2 cups) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Cocoa powder, extra, to dust
  • Optional: Chocolate chips or nuts.

So here’s how you do it

  1. Preheat oven to 180ÂșC. Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray/dish with non-stick baking paper (or whatever size you like really. The smaller the dish, the thicker your brownies will turn out).
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and stir until mixture is thick and glossy.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder over the egg mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in the vanilla. Poor it into your dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Voila!

Easy-peasy chocolate brownies.

Easy-peasy chocolate brownies.

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