Wet Weekend in Brisbane

Thanks to cyclone Marcia, we have had relentless torrential rain for the last few days – weirdly it was really nice, reminded me of the weather at home in the UK! And it also gave me the perfect excuse for a cozy weekend staying in.

Rainy days go hand in hand with baking for me, and this weekend it was brownies. My best friends mum used to make these incredible brownies when we were younger and she generously shared her recipe with me, so with low expectations I attempted to recreate them.

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These. Brownies. Are. Amazing. Evidenced by the fact I made them Saturday afternoon and they were gone Sunday morning… Oops? Whatever, it was worth it.

Recipe:
50g plain chocolate (I used milk choc, you might want to add more chocolate)
110g butter
2 eggs beaten
225g granulated sugar
50g plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
Chocolate chips optional (I used white)

Oven gas 4 or 180 degrees c.
Line an oblong tin with grease proof paper.
Melt chocolate broken into pieces and butter in bowl over pan of simmering water.
Once melted, take away from heat and mix in all other ingredients, eggs first.
Once mixed, pour into tin.
Bake for 30 mins – don’t over bake as it will continue to set once out of the oven.
I ended up covering them after about 15 mins as I was worried the top would burn.
Leave to cool for 10 mins before cutting.
You can substitute choc chips for nuts or whatever you want but extra chocolate is the clear choice for me!

Enthused by my new found culinary genius, I decided to make cheesy dauphinoise potatoes to go with dinner. They call them scallop potatoes here in aus, think they’re pretty much the same thing. Thinly sliced potatoes layered in a dish with cheese/milk/cream/garlic/onion or all of the above and then baked in the oven until soft and gooey.

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On Sunday I woke feeling very aware of how much I’d eaten, so we went into the city and tried to burn some calories with a walk around the botanical gardens. Our walk lead us over to Southbank at which point it seemed sensible to stop for something to drink… Which turned into something to eat…and another drink. We stopped at Stoke Bar and the location is amazing.

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Food wise we just got some bar snacks – fried mozzarella with tomato chutney, and crumbed prawns with smoked chilli mayo, both were yum.

Another brilliant find in Brisbane, I can’t wait to come back here for a lazy afternoon with a girlfriend. Cold drinks, delicious food, brilliant views, what more could you ask for?!

On Sunday evening we went back into the city for dinner in china town. I don’t know the name of the place we ate, it was a small place on the side of the street with tables outside, and was packed. Very authentic, no frills, just good Chinese food. Still a bit full from earlier we skipped starters and went straight to mains. We shared the house fried rice, I had sweet and sour chicken and T had a pork belly dish. Food was good but not great, can’t wait to try out some more places in china town.

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