Notes from my weekend

03.11.2009 The cupcake recipe is at the bottom of this post…

I never know what to tiltle my posts. Sometimes I feel that they’re a bit…silly.

Friday night after work we met up with some friends where were in town for the Fish Supper (see here for an explaination). Each group of people is given some fish to prepare for the supper so our friends were in the thick of it. J and I made ourselves useful by offering to sample the ingredients (fresh salmon, smoked salmon, garlic, lettuce, cream cheese etc) to make sure the quality was up to scratch. Delicious! They had so much salmon that we ended up taking home a packet with us. Which we will be making into sushi this evening… We then sat and watched TV and felt lazy.

Saturday J had to meet his lift to his 20/20 cricket match at 0730…and I had to be at the Club for the match that I said I’d score for at 0900. So I dropped him at the turn off and then killed a bit of time making cookie dough (from this recipe) before heading out. The cricket was nice, even though our home team lost, and J lost both the 20-20 games he played in. A beautiful sunny day, though the wind was still chilly. Very unusual for everything to be so late this year. It’s practically unheard of to still be wearing jerseys and jeans in October!! It’s usually sweltering by this stage! Seems like it’s been a late spring all over. We had a few drinks after the match and our friend Lara popped over for some chicken wraps for dinner.

Sunday we started slow. We lay in bed till a whopping 0700! (We’re usually up at 0545 so this was laaate trust me). We embarked on a marathon of tidying, washing up, cleaning, laundry etc. after breakfast. I baked the dough that I froze the day before (delicious!) and J prepared us a mezze platter for a light lunch. He also tried one of the beers I lugged back from Durban for him-and pronounced it good so that was nice :)

I also moved all my seed starting trays off the dining room table. J needs a desk and they were mostly finished anyway. Some are out in the garden, some are in the kitchen. It looks so empty and bare at the moment!

I made some delicious chocolate cupcakes in the afternoon (recipe below-I can’t remember where I found it so if you recognise it, let me know and I will put in a link to the original), restrained myself from eating all the batter and the divine frosting! We had a simple roast chicken for dinner (with cupcakes for pudding).

J’s working at home today-seems he’s under a lot of pressure to finish stuff and there are too many distractions in the office…I wish I could do that!

That’s all for now….

Chocolate (Cup)Cake
Cake
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 ounces) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup yogurt or sour cream (or a combination)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with yogurt. Beat just until smooth. Turn batter into prepared pans or into cupcake papers.

Makes about 18 small cupcakes, or 2-3 mini loaves; or 1 25 x 15 x 3cm cake. Bake cupcakes 10-12 minutes and baby loaf size 15-18 minutes, cake takes 35-40mins (or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean). Do not overbake. Cool in pan. Frost cooled cakes and top with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles if desired. Makes about 18 small cupcakes.

Mocha Buttercream Frosting
1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) butter, softened
1/4 cup (about 3 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (or not)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
About 1 Tablespoon milk

Melt chocolate chips and a small amount of the butter in the microwave. In a small bowl, beat remaining butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla, then cocoa powder, espresso powder, melted chocolate, and enough milk to make desired consistency. Be sure to dissolve granulated coffee powder properly. If the frosting sets and thickens, microwave on high for 30 seconds until runny again.

Edit (03.11.09) If you want to make these cupcakes a little more naughty, add about 2 tots of dark rum, and an extra 1/4 c flour  to the batter and then bake for an extra 2mins. They will become chocolatey and boozy…great for grown-ups!

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