Since redoing our kitchen I have been doing a lot more cooking than usual (and yeah, I know, that’s not difficult, WHATEVER). I’ve made meals for the girls that I’ve never tried before, with predictably varied reactions. I’ve made roasted tomato soup for a Saturday family lunch, pizza with dough that didn’t rise (although it tasted good) for a Friday night in and any number of salads with various ingredients for my evening meals. Then of course there’s the baking. Have I mentioned the baking?
Although I have a home library of cookery books to choose from, courtesy of my self-confessed food-loving husband, I’ve always collected recipes from other sources; magazines, old favourites my mother used to cook, and more recently the internet. I bloody love the internet. I used to write these recipes in a notebook, which grew to a folder of magazine cuttings. But when I got my iPad I knew it was time for a change.
That change was an recipe manager app called Paprika. I could extol its virtues at length, but if you’re really that interested, just have a look. It was everything I needed as well as many things I didn’t even know I needed. Like the ability to download a recipe directly from an in-app browser. That’s the kind of technology that makes me feel like I’m living in the future.
So anyway, back to the baking. You didn’t really think I’d forgotten, did you? In my quest for new recipes, I stumbled across smitten kitchen, a cookery website that is beautiful, witty and smart. And contains this recipe for cheesecake brownies (genius combination), which quite frankly would have been enough to hook me by itself. Into Paprika it went, and I broke my no weekday baking rule to make it for a friends’ visit on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately this also meant we had to share them with our kids, but don’t worry, there were enough left to last the rest of the weekend. Just.
Whether you’re a cheesecake and/or brownie fan or not, I urge you to make these. They are quite easily the best brownies I’ve ever tasted and even Nick, who is more in the ‘not’ category, thought they were good enough to polish off a couple himself. Mmmmm, food and technology, my favourite combination.