Friday, February 25, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 25th February 2022, your choice of your favorite music

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 25th February 2022, your choice of your favorite music!

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, please post your favorite music of all genres!

La Mer ("Beyond The Sea" ) Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon Jazz Band

Hillary Klug - Oh! Susanna

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand

Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual"

Elvis Presley - Viva las vegas

ABBA  - Waterloo

Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey

Glenn Miller - Chattanooga Choo Choo 

HELEN SHAPIRO - Walking Back to Happiness

Frank Sinatra
The Coffee Song

Marty Robbins.. "El Paso" 

Summer Holiday Cliff Richard

Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence 

Vera Lynn - The White Cliffs of Dover 


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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Chocolate Brownie Dessert Tart

Deliciously Saucy Chocolate Brownie Pudding

By  Lisa Starr,
What's the secret ingredient responsible for producing this decadently delicious, chocolate-sauce-soaked brownie dessert tart?The answer will surely surprise you.It's boiling water....yes....just regular H2O.(Can we take this to mean it's calorie-free?)Simply stirred together with a wooden spoon, this budget-beater uses everyday kitchen ingredients, right down to boiling water.Turning water into wine was certainly impressive, but everyday aqua transformed into a fudgy, chocolate sauce appeals to all.

TOPPING1 heaped cup light or dark brown sugar1/3 cup cocoa1 1/2 cups water OR hot coffee*Maldon salt (obviously)* Add 2 teaspoons instant coffee to the hot water to deepen the flavor. If putting baked dessert on the platter then increase water to 1 3/4 cups to ensure lots of fudgy sauce.BATTER2 cups plain flour3 teaspoons baking powder2/3 cup sugar1/2 cup cocoaGenerous pinch of Maldon salt1 cup milk/non-dairy milk100 grams melted butter/1/3 cup canola oil2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla50 - 70 grams dark chocolate squares (optional) OR halva1: Combine the brown sugar and cocoa for the topping and set aside.2: Mix the flour, baking powder, white sugar, cocoa and salt together in one bowl and combine the milk, melted butter/oil, eggs and vanilla in a second bowl.3: Mix the wet ingredients into the flour mixture to make a thick batter and scrape into a 28 cm round baking tin - medium-sized foil will do - and press in chocolate cubes/chocolate chips or cubes of halva if desired.4: Sprinkle topping evenly over the surface then pour boiling water/hot coffee over using the back of the bowl of a large spoon. Pouring the hot liquid over the back of a spoon allows it to flow more slowly and evenly for the prettiest result. See notes for make-ahead info.5: Bake at 170 C for approximately 30 minutes till surface is crusted over and ideally serve immediately as it's most fudgy when served directly from the oven. Sprinkle over Maldon salt. Vanilla ice-cream and berries compliment this hot, fudgy dessert cake perfectly.COOK'S NOTES: If making ahead then get the dish ready to the point of adding the topping and then refrigerate until ready to bake. Add boiling water/hot coffee and then bake. You can bake and reheat later but you get more fudgy sauce if you bake and serve straight from the oven. 


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Monday, February 21, 2022

Open thread 5

   Onto a new week, but first coffee or tea to start the day with us.   Trying something to take us off the mianstream beaten path for a change.  

While it might be cold and grey where you are, it is cheery here and all welcome to join us.  Be with a friend or just find a secluded place to take a mental break.  We all need it sometimes.

Out the window to the west is the farm nearby as this place is in the middle of

the country.

Check out the books in the library, learn something new.  

Come on, we have the room and the cheer for all.   And besides, all this is just for entertainment and interests.  I'd really want to know what a vortex tour is before trying it in the corner of the shop. Another dimension, maybe as I sip coffee and let my mind wander about while being stationary. It is better to be in the world than of the world where everything revolves around another.  


May reaching your goals and dreams be on your side and be the light when the dark seems darker.