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Brownie in a Mug

My colleague sent me this recipe recently and I just had to share!

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1 mug

¼ cup flour

¼ cup sugar

2tbsp cocoa

Pinch of salt

3tbsp spring water (but I’m sure tap would be fine)

2tbsp olive oil

(ice cream for on top!)

Add all dry ingredients to mug

Stir in oil and water

Mix until it’s like a smooth batter (approx 30 seconds)

Microwave for a minute and a half (depending on wattage could take more or less though so may need to adjust)

Keep an eye on it in case this happens! Oops!

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Let it stand for a minute or two.

If necessary, stir in more flour or water, depending on the desired consistency. The brownie should be moist when cooked.

You can also try this recipe with cinnamon or vanilla.

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The perfect lasagne

My mother’s lasagne has always been a favourite dish of the family’s.  When I go home, it’s what I look forward to most!  I’ve tried to make a few adjustments to the recipe but it’s hard to beat perfection.  However, I may have succeeded to equal such a dish tonight.

I started by cooking the veg and mince meat.  (I added carrots, which she typically omits)

I added stock, tomato puree, white wine, and seasonings.  Then I let that simmer for 40 minutes (which conveniently coincided with a phone call from my dad).  My other half set about making the white sauce – milk, butter, flour, grated cheddar and fromaggio.  I then layered the meat sauce, lasagne sheets, and white sauce.  A topping of sliced tomato and grated cheddar finished it off (the wine, fromaggio and sliced tomato being my adjustments)

Unfortunately, I had forgotten about a salad accompaniment so coleslaw and sliced cucumber made a good alternative (as well as a glass of wine!)

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