Friday, 29 December 2017

Norbert Tarayre’s Chocolate Fondant

And here we are... for the last post of 2017. I would like to share with you an easy, quick and scandalously yummy recipe from Norbert Tarayre. Norbert is a young and renowned French chef who presents a weekly TV cooking show that we love, called “Norbert, commis d’office”.

For 2018, I wish you a Happy Hygge Year because happiness lies in the simple things that life offers us every day. Take care of yourself and never forget to spread kindness and solidarity around you.

Now, prepare the chocolate fondant, put a bottle of bubbles in the fridge and light the candles because the countdown to the New Year has started...tick, tock, tick, tock.....

Lots of love

200g 70 % cocoa dark chocolate
200g sugar
200g butter, room temperature
30g flour
5 eggs
Icing sugar for decoration

Preheat the oven to 190ºC.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bain-marie.

Whisk eggs and sugar to a frothy mixture. Add the flour while mixing.

Add the melted butter-chocolate mixture while stirring.

Butter and flour a mould.

Pour the mixture into the mould. Bake for 22 minutes at 190ºC.

Remove the fondant from the oven and leave to cool slightly in the mould before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle the fondant with icing sugar.

Tip: can be made one day advance - it is even better.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

You Can’t Jack Black (1926)

This is a fabulous read, a very entertaining and exciting memoir of an outlaw. I loved it enormously and I offered it to Sweetheart as a birthday gift. Any man will love this memoir. Jack Black has a storytelling talent that keeps us going all the way through the book’s 470 pages.

Thomas Callaghan, aka Jack Black, born in 1871, lost his mother young and was entrusted by his father to nuns to take care of his education. When he leaves the convent, he becomes fascinated by the criminal underworld about which he devours newspaper articles and stories. This young man of 14 years of age falls in love with this life on the margins of society that provides intense freedom.

In this magnificent memoir, Jack takes us with him on an exciting journey into the underground life where we get to know hobos, men who cross North America on freight trains. Petty larceny and arrests for vagrancy end up making him meet the brotherhood of the Johnsons, thieves with a strict code of honour based on mutual aid and join the ranks of the yeggs (safe crackers) and other burglars.

A reformed Jack Black became archivist for a San Francisco newspaper and wrote his memoir of thirty years of sometimes successful, but far more often aborted crimes, unwavering, unbreakable friendships and betrayals, addiction to opium, and, of course, fifteen years in prisons, from Canada to Folsom.