Swear I didn’t eat them..
Recently the nice people in Green & Black’s got onto me to let me know about their easter egg range. Even nicer, they sent me a few bars from their product range to sample. Rather than eat them all myself, I thought I would make some brownies and treat my friends. In my house, my sister makes the best brownies- so to rival them, I needed to do something a little different. I had heard chocolate and beetroot went well together so I thought I would give it a whirl. As we have someone who eats gluten-free in my house, I was also seeking a recipe with a low flour level so I can adapt it for them in the future, without too much hassle.
250g Green & Black’s dark chocolate
250g softened butter
3 eggs (room temperature)
250g Caster sugar
100g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
50g ground almonds
250g grated cooked beetroot. (Not pickled. Fresh preferably!)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a suitable baking tray with grease-proof paper.
Over a pot of simmering water, place a glass bowl and melt the butter and chocolate.
While they are getting to know each other, beat the eggs and the sugar until they get creamy.
While this is all going on grate the beetroot.
When the chocolate and butter have melted whisk it into the sugar and eggs mixture. After they have combined, sift in the flour and add the ground almonds- fold them in gently. Lastly add the grated beetroot and gently combine it into the mixture.
Bake for about 40 minutes. After 30/35 check how they are getting on to avoid the brownies over-cooking. Stick a skewer into the brownies, it shouldn’t come out completely clean but equally it shouldn’t be liquidy.
furlong & kehoe
Just a quick little post this time. I was brought to a new ice-cream shop yesterday on Thomas Street called furlong & kehoe. Check out their website for information and what they’re about. As you may have gleaned from this blog over the last while- I like quirky, independent shops/producers that do things their way!
This is one such example. We got chatting to Ian and he gave us some background to this very new venture. We got to sample some of the flavours- Beetroot and chocolate was very interesting and you tasted both very independently. Maple and Bacon was also delicious and very different. I went for their vanilla- which was really beautiful and had that great elastic consistency you get with proper ice-cream. They’re only new- 2 weeks old- so I would certainly recommend giving them a try. Dublin is all the richer for new foodie- ventures like this and I think they are well worth supporting.
Last week, I asked you nice people for suggestions for food related places in Edinburgh. I got some great suggestions in terms of places to eat-out in and some interesting shops.
I went over with my better-half to visit some of her nearest and dearest and they brought us to two places I want to talk to you about.
The first was Holyrood 9A. This is a great spot for a few reasons. As you walk in there is an impressive array of interesting beers on draught at a very attractive bar. Crucially it had one of my favourites Blue Moon. Secondly the menu was interesting, with an array of quirky options. My (adventurous) Cheese burger was served with nice skinny fries and a side of slaw, and presented attractively. Also it was nice to be served a burger that you could actually eat with your hands rather than the towering skyscrapers most places serve. Approving noises were made all around. Others got the steak-sandwich, and the Shroom Italienne, with Piri Piri fries. Service was very friendly and prompt. Also worth noting- this place is child friendly- crucial as we had a little person in tow.
The other place we frequented was The Scottish Cafe. It is located in the National gallery in the Princess Street Gardens. It is an open and airy dining room and was humming on the Sunday afternoon we visited. It sources a huge amount of its produce from Scottish producers and the menu reads nicely.
I opted for the cheese sandwich with chips (god I ate mundane options this trip). In truth it was a posh cheese sandwich, with Isle of Mull Cheddar, nice red onion relish, and a barley and beetroot mix. The barley and beetroot mix was different, my only gripe was the cheddar was grated and made the sandwich a little dry. My better half had the rabbit terrine with some bread (more on this in a minute) and she enjoyed the dish. We finished with a rhubarb tart and a portion of set cream. The tart was tasty and different from the typical, it was almondy and moist and I ate every morsel. The better half and her sister shared a portion of set cream. I managed to sneak a taste or two- and it was one of the most delicious deserts I have tasted in a long time. The consistency was perfect and it had a rich vanilla taste- studded with an abundance of vanilla flecks.
While the food here was good- I am sorry to say the service was not at all in the same league. The side of bread mentioned earlier- ordered with our food, didn’t arrive. After reminding a waitress it still didn’t arrive- and on the third asking finally arrived at the table- quite some time after the dish it was due to accompany. I asked for a refill of water and it never arrived. There were a lot of staff walking around- but they seemed ambivalent, certainly towards our table.
I would like to thank everyone who tweeted, facebooked and left suggestions for this trip- I really appreciate it. Also I would like to thank the other half’s family for the weekend and for bringing us to these places. I’m looking forward to the next trip already.