When the going gets tough, my first instinct is to panic. Not very helpful when you are a mum of four. My second instinct is to bake something with chocolate in (although that’s not an instinct I reserve for a crisis, as you know).
Of course, as is always the case, ever since I wote my rather up-beat (totally out of character) optimistic post about sleep deprivation then things have been falling apart around here. The six year old has a nasty case of the chicken pox (meaning his three younger brothers will have it too, within a couple of weeks) and the man of the house is feeling under the weather. So we’ve been eating lots of virtuous healthful stuff..lots of ice cream ..the odd lollypop, and absolutely no cod-liver oil (my attempt to convince B that a spoonfull of fermented fish oil would do him the world of good were spectacularly unsuccessful).
To calm the situation I made these cake/brownies, because B likes the chocolate prune combo and he has rather been calling the shots today. Started off by stewing half a cup of prunes with half cup blueberries, a couple of spoons of chia seeds. Melted about 50g dark chocolate and 50g butter over the top. Whisked 4 eggs with 1/4 cup of raw sugar (really seeing how low I can go with the sugar now.. ) with 2 cups ground almonds and 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Blended the prunes etc and chocolate. Mixed it all together with a couple of spoons of yogurt and baked it for about 30 minutes. It’s far from being the best cake I’ve ever made (funny how a bit of stress really seeps into the baking .. or is that just me? ) but if nothing else the act of mixing the thing up, melting the chocolate, and smelling it baking, went a little way towards calming my nerves. Sadly my nerves were almost immediately shattered again by young T dropping a dozen eggs on the wooden floor (whilst attempting to lend me a hand). Eggs are no fun to try and clean off a wooden floor.
So that sums up day two of this little adventure in spots and pox and stuff. It’s going to be a long few weeks. If you’d like to cheer me up you can pop over here and give my little blog a vote. You don’t need to register on the site, you just need to scroll down and down and down until you find me.. I think I’m cruising around the 200 mark. You can vote once a day for the next few days if you’re really game. I’m not particularly a competition type of person but I impulsively registered for this and it will make me smile to see a few votes by my name amidst the chaos of the days ahead. Thanks.