First post of the year

Two weeks into the new year and I’m just starting to clear my post-holiday hangover.  Routines are almost back on track – the christmas tree and decorations have been taken down, we have clean laundry, the fridge is no longer stocked with party food but fresh fruits and vegetables and hey, look I finally found the time to cook my first meal of the year – a tomato  omelette paired with stir-fried Japanese mushrooms, onions and potatoes served with baby spinach leaves – yummy and wheat-free 🙂

January 2013

The past few weeks have been a big, happy blur of hanging out with the family, pigging out on holiday goodies, a cruise on the Royal Caribbean and a quick weekend getaway to Hong Kong.  Good fun, even better company.  And to give the year an even more fabulous start, here’s what I’m digging into as I type my first post of the year.  A slice of freshly baked flourless triple chocolate brownie.  Warm, dense and fudgey – each bite is pure bliss.  Mmmmm … this is exactly how a year should start.

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Recipe from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks (this is 60% cacao type chocolate, I use ghirardelli chips)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper and spray the parchment paper with oil. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl mix together cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a heat proof bowl place butter, sugar, and bittersweet chocolate. Microwave until chocolate is melted. I stir this every 30 seconds or so until it is melted.
  5. Once the chocolate is melted whisk in eggs, water, and vanilla. Then whisk in cocoa mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan and then carefully life parchment paper out of pan to remove brownies and cut into squares.
  7. This is a rich and dense brownie so you can cut these small.

9 thoughts on “First post of the year”

  1. Well you made me smile! FOOD! That tomato omelette with the potatoes and onions!! I am impressed, 13 days in to the New Year and you have a lovely post up, I haven’t made it yet.. 😀 I am glad you had some wonderful Holidays!

  2. Fresh start, fresh food and it looks delicious! But, I do have a little complaint, which I don’t usually do….complain, that is! I cannot abide being served baby spinach, within an omelette meaning tucked inside the omelette not as a part of the mixture, with the stalks still on the leaves and the spinach uncooked…blah! Are cooks becoming lazy? No, sorry, can’t handle it! Great post, even to taking a reasonably decent photo of something that wouldn’t normally photography very well….kudos, happy! 😉

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