Sunday, January 2, 2011

Goals, a General Lack of Attention...and Brownies


It's a new year. I'm sure you've heard. Maybe you saw some fireworks, went out to a bar, or noticed the line at Blockbuster was a little longer then usual.

We had a party. Really. Us. I know this is a foreign concept. It is to me too. Strangely it went well. We played Crokinole and ate leftover Christmas cookies.

I guess it's a little late to add some posts about Christmas cookies, isn't it? Like I told my niece (birthday early December) and my friend's children (celebrating Hannukah), someday Aunt Tammy won't be doing finals during this time of year and I'll get all together. 

I do have a great brownie recipe though. I've been working on it this year. Trying recipes by David Lebovitz, King Arthur's flour, and Ina Garten. Most were too rich, some made too much, some too crumbly. I liked Mark Bittman's base recipe so I added some things too it and came up with this. 

Brownies

2 oz (I usually throw 2 squares in) unsweetened chocolate
6oz semi-sweet chocolate
8 TBL unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour (a bit less if you like them really fudgey...even down to 1/4 c)
pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
a few handfulls of chocolate chips

Preheat oven (350), grease 8x8 pan (or line and grease foil).

Melt chocolates (not chips) and butter and stir until smooth. Beat in eggs, flour, salt, vanilla. Add to pan. Lightly fold in chocolate chips at regular intervals. Bake 20 minutes or so until set. Do not overbake. 
The new year is also a great time to thank about what kind of goals you want to set yourself, what kind of subjects you want to delve in, what you want to learn and do. 

So in addition to the whole learn to cook beans and use the pressure cooker without killing anyone I have a crazy interest in ham radio (really!)...and kayaking. 

I'm such a geek. If you know anything at all about those 4 subjects (beans, pressure cookers, ham radio, kayaking) feel free to write in the comments section. We'll see how this all develops.

2 comments:

Daphne said...

Well I know about a couple of them. I know I love beans (as long as you are talking dried beans). I know not to salt or add acid to them before they are cooked (skins get tough). I eat a LOT of beans. I grow some every year. Hopefully next year I'll grow enough for the whole year, but doubtful.

Kayaking is an interesting subject. My dad was one of the people in the US that helped popularize the sport (he would hate me saying that as he didn't want it popular). Back then you couldn't buy kayaks from a store, you had to make them. My dad wrote the book (literally) on how to make them in your basement. And my mom sold the materials to do it. So kayaking was big in my family. At the time everyone that kayaked knew him and my mom. That being said, I have a great paranoia of the water. I fell into a pool when I was about 2 and have always been scared of being trapped under water. So I never learned. I couldn't get over the thought of having to roll. Instead I rafted. But if you have questions I might be able to answer some. But it has been a while since I've been in that community. Now if you want to learn about orienteering (a great outdoor geek sport) I'm your gal.

Tam said...

Thank you for your response Daphne.

We have done some geocaching but haven't really gotten into orienteering.

I remember you rafting. I'm not sure how keen I would be on rolling either. We borrowed a 2-person kayak this year and I really enjoyed how it sits in the water..and the design of the paddles. The boys had a blast too.