I don’t wanna hear about what the rich are doing
I don’t wanna go to where the rich are going
They think they’re so clever, they think they’re so right
But the truth is only known by guttersnipes
(I read a profile of a certain well-known chef, and all the interesting things he’s doing, and all the interesting places he’s going, and I learned that “food bloggers and women over fifty are his most boring customers.” Double stab in the heart! I’m not a woman over fifty yet, but I hope to be one someday!) Who needs that? Not me! (Heh heh, let’s see if I can find an interesting recipe to use up all of my sour grapes!)
Of course, I also very much like the idea of being a home cook. Part of the beauty of cooking is that you create a home. By combining foods you like and feeding people you love, you make a home, no matter where you are or what your living situation. It’s all part of the warmth, the nourishment, and the love. Let’s just hope that home has a spacious garage where you can make some noise!!
These brownies were ridiculously, addictively good. They’re dark – made with bittersweet chocolate chips and very dark cocoa. They’re chewy inside, and very dense and heavy, the way brownies should be! Nice and crackly on top. And they have a haunting, smoky flavor, because I grated in a little black cardamom, and added some smoked sea salt. It’s subtly, but quite lovely! Black cardamom is a funny-looking beetle-y spice. I grated a little of the husk on a microplane, just a touch, and it added its nice smoky almost savory flavor. If you don’t have black cardamom or smoked sea salt, make these anyway, because they’re really good!!
Here’s Garageland, by The Clash
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 t vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 t smoked salt
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t ground black cardamom
1/3 cup cocoa powder (the darker the better)
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 and butter a brownie pan or large rectangular baking dish.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour into a bowl. Stir in the sugar and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add all of the dry ingredients and stir to mix well. It should be a fairly thick dough. Stir it the chocolate chips.
Press the dough into the baking pan in an even layer. Bake for about 20 – 5 minutes till it seems firm to the touch. Let it cool and then cut into squares.