Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I have always wanted to make chocolate bark, so my secretary’s birthday was as good an excuse as any. Chocolate bark is incredibly easy to make. I made peach and macadamia bark. It is so simple – just finely chop whatever you want to put in the bark (mine was finely chopped macadamias and dried peaches), stir into melted good quality chocolate (I used whittakers 70%), spread thinly on a lined oven tray, leave in the fridge to set and then cut into shards. This would be a great thing to make with ice-cream as well.
Monday night we had a bbq – it has been great bbq weather! I made a few recipes from recent cuisine magazines – steak marinated in a mixture of beer, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and mustard, a 5 bean salad (actually mine was just a 3 bean salad – borlotti beans, butter beans and green beans with a honey and poppyseed vinaigrette) and bbqed soda bread. The steak and salad were great. I am not sure about the soda bread. To be honest, I think any hot bread with butter on it is delicious, but I did find the soda bread a bit tough – a bit like a tough scone and I wouldn’t make it again.