Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Birthday blessings, treats and rituals

It's my birthday today and already i feel very loved. My husband was up early before work with my son preparing a feast for breakfast, accompanied by cards and presents, a tradition in both of our families and one that we both love. There is something very special about creating rituals and making an occasion out of things, even in the smallest ways, i think it is incredibly important to do.

This evening i am having a few friends over for supper for whom i am making a huge vegetable curry and some Vegan Brownies with icecream, the recipe for the Brownies i have included below courtesy of my sister in law who originally made these for me at her birthday in february. That shows what a total darling she is. They aren't raw and have some quite hefty amounts of sugar in them but they are totally delicious!

Aneth's Vegan and Gluten free Brownies


200g dark chocolate

1 tin of coconut milk

2 cups of brown sugar 

4 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

2.5 cups flour (gluten free)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

Melt the chocolate with the tin of the coconut milk in a pan. Stir well so that they mix together and the chocolate doesn't burn.

Sieve the flour, spices and baking powder into a bowl and then add the chocolate/coconut milk whisking until everything is mixed. In a seperate bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence and then add this into the main mixture.

Line a baking tray with baking paper or use muffin cases and pour the batter in. Bake at 180 degrees for about 30-35 minutes. Let the cake cool, then cut into squares or remove from the muffin cases.


No matter if there is no particular occasion to celebrate today. Feel free to make an occasion out of each day.

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