The latest from Mountain Range
Tue, 10th Jan 2012
The aromas of fresh baking from the oven and then the anticipation of some delicious cake, warm and waiting for your return from a busy day is something really special, and I am lucky that I get to experience this almost every day!
A crowd favourite at the lodge is Chocolate Brownie, so here's an easy and delicious recipe to share:-
200g dark chocolate, cut into chunks (the better the choclate quality- the better the brownie!)
11/4 tsp vanilla essence
11/2 C plain flour
1/2 C cocoa
Preheat oven to 180oc. Line a 30 x 30cm baking tin with baking paper.
Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave for a minute or stir over a low heat on stovetop until melted and smooth. Mix in sugar and eggs- one at a time- beating well after each. Stir in vanilla and cocoa and then lastly sift in the flour and mix just to combine.
Pour into the tin and bake for 40 minutes, then rest for 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
These are so yummy when they're still warm, but keep really well for up to a week.
Sat, 7th Jan 2012
The family fun day at Pembroke Park ended with a spectacular flying of kites- this gigantic Koi shaped kite brought back memories of our time in Japan.
May 5th is "Childrens' Day" in Japan, and it is tradition for families to fly these "Koi-nobori" (carp-shaped windsocks) outside their houses- one for each child in the family. The carp symbolises courage and strength because of its ability to overcome all obstacles and swim up upstream. The Koi are supposed to bring good luck to children and encourage them to be strong and brave.
Just a little bit of general knowledge for you. Might come in handy in your next game of Trivial Pursuits...