Thursday, October 16, 2008
Not as good as Mum's..
My mother makes the best fudge cake. For those of you who don’t know what fudge cake is, it is a chocolate slice made with crushed plain biscuits and iced with chocolate icing. An uncooked slice is a great thing to make with kids or if you are in a hurry. If you are in a huge hurry, you don’t even have to make it into a slice – just roll the mixture into balls and roll in coconut.
Mum’s recipe has a base of condensed milk melted with butter and cocoa to which you add your crushed biscuits. In my new book Ladies A Plate there is a recipe for fudge cake using a base of melted butter, sugar, cocoa and 2 eggs. I tried it in the weekend. The taste was delicious, but the mixture was quite sloppy – not as good as Mum’s. I wonder if it would be better with one egg rather than two? The book suggested icing the top with melted chocolate. I only had white chocolate so I used a thin layer of that as icing. Good taste – bad texture, I think I will stick with Mum’s recipe.
For some reason eggplant has been unseasonably cheap lately - $2-3 per eggplant. I love eggplant – it is one of my favourite vegetables. I bought two over the weekend and made a salad last night. I sliced the eggplant, brushed them with oil and then roasted them , topping them with a mix of caramelised onions and garlic, feta, Greek yoghurt and mint leaves. It was so yummy. We had the salad with fish and a rice pilaf to which I added saffron, sliced almonds and cumin seeds.