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.
There has been an epidemic of unknown proportions in Candy Land. Sweet-toothed gremlins have invaded Candy Floss Forest decimating the red liquorice logs, the toffee toadstools, the dulce leche dirt and the candied pecan pinecones. There is almost nothing left of our magical, mystical forest. As the local candy botanist, I’ve been tasked with collecting samples of the hardiest specimens I can find to learn from their gremlin-defying greatness. While this shortage of candy has caused a great exodus from Candy Land, those that remain will be glad to know that I found two viable, and delicious (I tasted them in the name of pure scientific research), specimens left: the white and dark chocolate barks.
One of the best things about living in London, has to be the endless possibility for cheap travel elsewhere. The flight deals that you can get to cities around Europe are absolutely unreal, especially coming from Canada where a 1 hour flight from Calgary to Vancouver costs hundreds of dollars. In our utter lack of organization, our plans to go to Scotland fell through the cracks and we were left, the day before we departed, to figure out where we should fly to. It wasn’t a very bad position to be in. There is always so much choice. It was a toss up between Sicily and Munich. We ended up going to Sicily, a place, in all honesty, that I had never considered going to before (not for any particular reason). What pushed us both over the edge as we looked into both destinations was the food.
I’m in granola heaven. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try and track down this recipe. I have been reading the blog A Sweet Spoonful for quite some time now and the author has branched out and started a granola company called Marge, so I always suspected her granola is quite good (she does sell it after all!). Luckily, she recently came out with a book and recipes from the book are littered around the blogosphere. While a number of them look very appetizing, the first thing that I tracked down was this granola recipe, it was a long time coming. I am very pleased that I did because my home has been noticeably granola-lacking the past few months. I don’t know why I haven’t made it in so long, I think I have just been sticking with granola bars as handy lunch-time snacks as opposed to granola, which is more of a delicious, breakfast add-in.