Around three o’clock, every day, I get a hankering for something sweet. To be more specific, I want something sweet and chocolate-y. Normally I just have a square of chocolate, which is great when all I want is chocolate, but sometimes it leaves me feeling less than satisfied. Sometimes I am also slightly hungry or getting a little sleepy and need something more filling and energizing to pick me back up. Something with some chew, that will satisfy me until dinner rolls around. Nothing in particular really filled that void in the past. But, the past couple of weeks these healthy chocolate cherry brownies have been doing the trick.
Part of me can’t bear to do anything other than shove my face with fresh, raw fruit now that everything is in the markets. I love berries a lot but if you made me choose, I think stone fruit would be my favorite. Especially peaches and nectarines. There is probably nothing better than a juicy, sun-warmed peach that pulls perfectly away from the pit. I am so grateful they are back. However, I couldn’t get the idea of poaching peaches in their own juice out of my head. I was watching Masterchef Australia (hooray! I still can’t get enough of that show…) the other day and one of the contestants cooked carrots in their own juice. I thought this was a pretty brilliant idea but because I am not such a fan of cooked carrots (although I am tempted to try them like this! I will report back) I decided that peaches would be a great way to try this intriguing technique. And so, I decided that poached peaches and cream was a very acceptable way to use my beautiful raw peaches.
Hello out there. It feels like I haven’t been around these parts in ages. I have so many ideas bursting in my head and I just haven’t been in the kitchen at all. I miss it. Eating out, especially when travelling, is always a treat but I usually start to miss cooking after a couple of weeks. After I eat out for so many days in a row, I also start to crave everything green and light, so it’s kind of ironic that I am posting a dessert after all of this time, but sometimes (always) I want a (fairly) healthy, easy, fast, light snack that is fully satisfying. There is also some chocolate involved to help with my ever-present chocolate cravings (personally, I am always looking for a healthy-ish chocolatey snack, like this one), so it’s definitely an overall winner in my books.