Life grows crazier and more hectic with every passing day and I’m not doing very well with my resolution to blog more frequently…
It doesn’t feel like four weeks since I last wrote here, but my page reliably tells me that my last entry was on February 15th. It seems a lifetime ago, when I stop and think about everything that’s happened in this last month. Since I last blogged, I have researched and written two 3000-word coursework essays, attended lectures and sat through countless hours of rehearsals. I have prepared and given several class presentations and I have been to watch my housemate in the annual university dance show. I have gone to an a capella concert, attended parties and a LeRoc freestyle or two, been to the LeRoc AGM, played in a four-night run of the student opera society’s production of Carmen and I have part-hosted a dinner party. There is always something going on these days, and as I draw ever-nearer to the end of term and the Easter holiday, life only seem to be getting busier rather than slowing down.
At any rate, two of my housemates and I still managed to find time to host a small dinner party, as I’ve already mentioned. Dividing up the courses between us, I naturally opted for dessert(!) Indecisive as ever, it took me about three weeks to actually decide what I wanted to make – all those dreams of something lavish and complex involving choux pastry, creme patisserie and spun sugar were eventually compromised for something a little less challenging, but equally (at least, I hope) delicious.
Brownies have recently become my go-to recipe; admittedly, it took me several years to track down my perfect recipe (found here, at Joy the Baker – I usually reduce the recipe slightly), but now that I have, I can’t stop making them. They’re quick and simple to put together and are always popular with my housemates, so it got me thinking. Why not do something a little different with them this time? Why not incorporate them into a dessert?
And so that’s what I did.
I made dark chocolate and sour cherry brownies (with pecan nuts, to add some crunch), served with cherry compote, dark chocolate ganache and vanilla ice-cream (sadly not home-made, although I would love to learn to make my own ice-cream some day). My quenelles need a bit of practice, but the dessert itself went down very well indeed.
All in all, I think it’s safe to say our dinner party was a success, not to mention a lovely opportunity to see friends and catch up. With good food and great company, what more could you want?