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January 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


Did y’all see the Annular Solar Eclipse earlier this morning??? South Africa is one of the fortunate countries to see it.
I saw it very briefly as it is rather overcast here today. But take a look HERE  on News24’s gallery for some striking photographs by users…….(got the link from Wotsforlunch!)

 (Simon Carter, News24 User)

For more information on Annular Solar Eclipses and Eclipses in general pop over here 

browniegirl xxx

Is anyone else having blogging problems or is it just my pc???? SLOW!!!
And pages don’t want to open……:o(


January 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

My cute grandsons, Tyler 5yrs & Jay 11mths tomorrow. Both have an amazing sense of humour,
Jay was hysterical showing off his big teeth & his carrot eating ability!!!

The brownies enjoyed a lovely day with family on Saturday. It had been Auntie S’s birthday a few days earlier and grandson Ty insisted that there had to be a party with cake and candles to blow out. He found a few balloons left over from his birthday  last November which he and Papa blew up and hung under the umbrella. The only problem was that cake was not on the menu for the day. The guests had chosen to enjoy Moo’s Apple Crumble so I was pondering how to resolve the cake issues when all of a sudden an opportunity was presented to me….. Original Cin left a comment on my blog asking for a recipe for the Chocolate Cake baked in a mug in the microwave oven…….THAT WAS IT!!! I could bake one of those instant jobbies, we could stick a candle in that for S & Ty to blow out while we all sang the mandatory birthday dittie!!! I was certain I had seen it since new year on foodblogs, searched for the recipe..found only one posted last year on Tickle’s blog and also a couple of other places on the www. It is really easy to make, takes 2 minutes to mix up and 3 minutes to cook….here is the recipe, pimped just a bit by me…cos I can!!!


4 Tbs Cake Flour

4 Tbs Sugar

2 Tbs Cocoa Powder

1 egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil

A Sprinkle of Cinnamon
A splash of vanilla essence
1 LARGE coffee mug


Sift the flour, cocoa & salt into a small bowl or jug

Add the egg, milk & oil and mix in until just incorporated

Add your cinnamon & vanilla and mix in

Spray a large coffee mug, pour some raspberry compote into the bottom of the mug or break in some chocolate

Pour in all the batter over the “secret filling” at the bottom

Microwave on 60% power for 3 minutes exactly

The cake will rise like a soufflé way above the rim of the mug.

Remove from microwave,  grate over some milk chocolate or break over a Flake & allow it to cool slightly before turning out & enjoying.

Don’t leave it for too long to go completely cold as it does tend to dry out very quickly & go a bit rubbery

I have heard that it is really delish with a bit of crème anglaise or a scoop of vanilla ice cream


For lunch our guests had brought over all the makings for hamburgers. While the boys got the fire ready to flame grill the marinated patties us girls hit the kitchen to prepare all the rest of the goodies to go onto the rolls.

S adeptly sliced up some onions with some fancy new little gadget protecting her fingers from the sharp blade of brownies knife, we then drizzled over a bit of olive oil, some balsamic blaze, 1 tsp of Jenny Morris Sexy Chick Spice (YUM YUM YUM!!!) and then popped them into a pan and caramelized them

Sliced up some tomatoes and washed and dried some butter lettuce leaves

For the saucy bits we had Nando’s Chilli Sauce, Tomato Sauce for the not so brave, Lord of the Rings Chilli Sauce for the insane among us and Moo’s Homemade Chutney

Also had slices of cheese to put on top of the burgers should one desire to

Once the patties were flame grilled to perfection,

everyone crowded into the kitchen with our plates and

built our own burgers. That was so much fun!!!

We then all sat outside and enjoyed an al fresco lunch in the shade of the big ol’ tree!!


This is what one burger looked like…..sans the cheese slab



Dessert was Moo’s Cranberry & Apple Crumble. There was companionable silence for awhile with happy grunts of satisfaction to be heard……………. more on that later
Have a delicious Monday everyone…… is detox day for me!!
browniegirl xxx

PS If you can find Jenny Morris range of Spices….get them!!! They are really good!!
See her range of products here