From Solo Lisa's Kitchen: Brownies (And My Favourite Way To Eat Tomatoes!)

The boy and I don't have anything special planned for Valentine's Day--no presents, no fancy dinner. Nonetheless, I was resolute about baking him a treat as a small gesture. This was my first time making brownies and they turned out pretty well!

This week's recipe comes from Donna Hay's New Food Fast; parenthetical comments are mine.

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar (I substituted regular sugar)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa, eggs, flour and baking powder and mix until combined. Spoon the mixture into nine 1/2 cup capacity non-stick muffin tins. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cakes are cooked but still soft in the centre. (It took me a lot longer than the specified time--more like 20-22 minutes.) To serve, invert the cakes onto plates. Serve warm with thick cream or ice cream and espresso coffee. Makes 9 cakes.

Although I enjoy baking, I don't enjoy eating what I make because--surprise!--I'm not a sweets person. I picked at one brownie just to try it and confirm it was edible, then proceeded to make my favourite snack: a tomato on the vine sliced into thin wedges, then topped with crumbled feta, black pepper, and a splash of olive oil.

I suppose it's a good thing I crave veggies instead of baked goods.

Happy Valentine's Day/Chinese New Year/Start of the 2010 Winter Olympics! I'll be watching the opening ceremonies with the boy and his brothers tonight. It's shaping up to be a jam-packed weekend.

What are your plans this weekend?


  1. I'm a huge veggie person, and the tomoatoes sound far better to me than the brownies!

  2. I am so hungry after reading this post! I am so going to try to make the brownies!

  3. Yummy post, darling!

    Happy weekend!


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  5. Tomatoes are best when combined with cheese! As is life in general. I love cheese.

  6. Those brownies look heavenly. And I'm not really a veggies person, so can I have those brownies, can I? Can I? :)

  7. Oooh! Those brownies look delish! And I'm now craving tomatoes...

  8. oh my gosh those tomatoes look SO yummy! just as good as the brownies :) hope you had a good valentine's day!!

  9. Too many mimosas with a gang of hair dressers!

  10. Brownies and tomatoes!!! I think that's the perfect Valentine's guesture! =) I love tomatoes in practically all its forms and brownies are A-ok in my book. How sweet of you!


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