Molten Love!

The flu’s been relentless this past week. It comes and goes in waves, where one minute I feel fine and the next minute I’m *so* tired it feels like I’ll just flop on the floor like a dishrag. Of course, chocolate helps soothe the sore throat. Especially in the form of freshly baked molten lava cake. And the nose begins to slowly awaken from its dulled senses when the house smells of warm chocolate.

I chanced upon this recipe when I was searching for chocolate-based dishes for a “gourmet night” my friends and I have got planned where I’m in charge of dessert.  I was sick and in bed when I read this and my feverish eyes felt a little better just looking at the lovely picture of the cake with the molten chocolate spilling out of it.

I adjusted for quantities cos I only wanted to make 2 cakes (for sis and me), but I wanted it to be rich and creamy. So instead of halving the quantities, I went by approximation (as I always do, I don’t even have a measuring cup! :P).

butter & eggs, sugar, chocolate and flour and a pinch of salt. That’s it! :)

So I used a little less than half a cup of butter and soft, dark down sugar, a bar of organic bitter chocolate (70% cocoa), 1 whole egg, 2 yolks and 2 tablespoons of flour. Oh, and a pinch of salt!

… and it was good! :D

That’s it really! I just followed the recipe after that and it all came out beautifully! The house was all warm from the baking and smelled divine!

This dish is perfect for a wintry evening when you’re all cold and miserable and want some good, rich chocolate-loving! I know it worked for me! I guess no matter what the problem is, chocolate really is the answer!

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Halloween!

I love theme parties, which automatically makes Halloween my favourite holiday! Of course, in this country, The 31st of Oct is not really a holiday (is it anywhere?), so we celebrated during the weekend.

Since Halloween is my thing,  I hosted the party at my place for about 25 of my friends  And even though I do say so myself, it was a fantastic party! :D

I carved my own pumpkin for the very first time! :D

Of course, it wouldn’t have gone so well if my friends hadn’t pitched in to help with the planning and execution! My sis helped me with my makeup (something which I’m not very good at, but she’s an artist and excellent at it!) and the music, R helped with ordering the finger food, S was the uber-enthusiastic DJ (who kept increasing the volume every time I reduced it cos the security guys same knocking and said the neighbours were threatening to call the cops!!), and V baked an awesome cake to add a layer of red-velvet decadence to the party!

Other than the fear of cops crashing the party, I had a lot of fun! I’d called different groups of friends and put them all together, so was slightly worried about everyone getting along, but they all got along just fine.

Psy teaching everyone the Gangnam style! :P

oooh! I’m holding smoke! :P

I’d be nostalgic about the passing of another halloween, but I’m already preparing for Gourmet Night (something the gang cooked up after watching too many episodes of Masterchef Australia – we form teams and create a 3 course dinner, each team in charge of one course!), Diwali, Xmas and my next trip! I’m not sure how work can fit into this hectic schedule, but since that’s what’s paying the bills, I’m making time for it! :P

Do you celebrate halloween? What is your favourite festival?