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November 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS:   What's the fuss??


     Recently, a woman friend proclaimed her next creative project would be a rather confronting one.  My antennae went up. Was I hearing right?  We, the coven, gathered around, our tea (and coffee) cups rattling dangerously, to hear  what had sparked that idea.  


     Apparently, she had unexpectedly received a photo from a man she rather liked.  It was, to say the least, unappetising,-- a privacy violation (although unintended, we think, in his case).  In sum, she proclaimed it  “about as interesting as a stale cheese sandwich,”   which set us shrieking with laughter. 


“For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words.” - Isabel Allende


     LADIES, GENTLEMEN: WE ALL NEED A LAUGH.  And fellas, get with the picture (or maybe not!)….. its about sensuality, romance, imagination…..


     So hey,  I’ve missed out on the New Wave!!  Europeans think nothing of the explicit on the TV screen:  rule of thumb - 6.30pm semi-clad,  8.30 full frontal,  10.30pm anything goes….   Well, to speak truthfully, a lot of that late night stuff is about as enticing as a dismembered cold chicken, but who am I to judge?   Where’s my cocoa?


     Furthermore,  as years go by, I am inclined to define "Senior Moments" in a very different light!  Alan Bennett’s  two funny and piquant stories in his slender  little edition of “Smut” are an ode to the precious and vulnerable nature of intimacy.  That said, being me, I’d sometimes like to slap the humble Britishness out of his little people and say, “Get on with it! How long do you think you’re going to live?”




“Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key.” - Alan Bennett


     Which brings me to my final point: the northern Europeans have the corner on this.....and in particular, HOLLAND. ..... Check out THIS link!    At any age or stage of adult life,…. while there is still life in the old body..….we all want to live life to the full.  Something to think about??   Well, don’t think about it TOO long.  


     But just in case, you REALLY  TRULY want to live dangerously..... I leave you with the recipe for my Cardiac Arrest  / Aphrodisiac Chocolate Beer Cake!              MM


                                 MAGZ’ DECADENT CHOCOLATE BEER CAKE
              Warning #1:  Aphrodisiac  or Cardiac events cannot be precluded
                    Warning #2: I usually need to bake double the quantity

Melt and mix together in one bowl:  **N.B. Over a bowl of hot water, or briefly in the microwave; if you stir the chocolate too much it will go elastic.

  • 60 g / 2 oz  melted butter

  • 60 g / 2 oz  dark chocolate  OR  1 - 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tsp instant coffee

Then add the following, stir and set aside:

  • 1 tbsp beer / lager

  • 125 g  / 4 oz icing sugar

Preheat oven to 180C / 350F
Grease and dust 2 sandwich tins
Method -
Melt carefully, the stir in a little BEER and allow to cool a little:

  • 2 oz / 60 g dark chocolate OR 2 large tbsp cocoa,

Beat until fluffy:

  • 4 oz / 125 g butter

Stir all the above into the dry ingredients:

  • 8 oz / 250 g plain flour

  • 1 level tsp baking powder… or a little more

  • 1/4 level tsp bicarbonate of soda … or a little more

  • 2 eggs beaten

  • 150 ml / 2/3 cup / 8 fluid oz beer (a ‘stubby’ of beer)

  • OPT*  3oz / 80 g chopped walnuts

BAKE 25 - 30 mn @ 180F/ 350C.   Cool.  Frost.













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