Carole Bayer Sager has nothing on me. This morning I was still in my pyjamas sleepily making a cup of tea when there was a knock on the front door. It was The Removalists. They were all prepared to move me and my possessions somewhere else. When I demurred they cheerfully went away, to look for some other poor unsuspecting householder to move I expect. Obviously the super efficient woman who tried to move me last month didn't correct the details when she went back to work. I rang the company and they have assured me they won't be trying to move me again, well, at least not in the near future. I reckon there are celebrations amongst The Removalists as my house has zero access and lots of tight corners in the halls and stairs everywhere outside!!!
Today I am the proud owner of my new shoes. There is no photo as I just remembered to blog now, at 8-45pm and I am too lazy to play with the camera and lights. I will distract you with Labrador pictures!!! Or you can be distracted with MrsDrWho's Dishcloth adventures: Day 5!!!
The PTB at the ABC, with their new Anti-Bias Board, have cancelled The Glass House. Now I like TGH, I find it amusing, cutting, witty, stupid, sweary etc, but all in all it's a good show. But no longer. It has never had higher ratings, the 'cast' want to keep going. I think the PM protesteth too much. It's a case of they came for the comedians........ You can protest here if you like.
There has been some pondering of how Harki and Peri will choose prize winners' names. Should I assign numbers to people and write them in tiny script on treats and then let them loose to eat till there are only 2 left?? We could do Doglotto (a la Cowlotto) or I could put double sided sticky tape on paper with names written on it and The Labradors could run through the names and whichever ones stick to their paws win???? Oh, now I'm all distracted with the absolute cuteness of a sleeping Harki and an adorable Peri!!!
Black Forest Cup Cakes
- 425g tin cherries in syrup
- 160g butter, chopped
- 125g good dark eating chocolate, chopped
- 300g caster sugar
- 150g plain flour
- 2 tbspn self raising flour
- 2 tbspn cocoa
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 170*C (150* FF) You will need to line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases. Drain the cherries: you will need 185ml syrup** and half of the fruit. Blend or mash till it's all combined. Save the remaining whole cherries to be added later on. Place the cherry puree, butter, chocolate and sugar in a bowl and microwave till almost melted. Stir till smooth. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Fold in the flours and cocoa and then the egg and finally the whole cherries.Then cook for 40-45 minutes. Take care as chocolate burns easily. Cool on a rack and then ice with ganache, or drizzle with warm chocolate sauce, some extra cherries or just dust with icing sugar.
** You can replace 50ml or so of the cherry syrup with some Cherry Brandy or other alcohol of your choice.