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Coat several tablespoons of CHOPPED NUTS in a mixture of WHITE SUGAR and HOT WATER, toast in a moderate oven until the colour has changed to a more golden brown. Stir frequently and do not allow to burn. Stir again several times while the nuts are cooling back down to room temperature.

Melt about half a block of UNSALTED BUTTER and 100g DARK CHOCOLATE together in a mixing bowl on top of a saucepan of boiling water.

Once melted, spoon in about half a tub of good quality drinking chocolate OR equal quantities of COCOA POWDER and SUGAR. Mix vigorously. Stir in TWO FRESH EGGS, again mixing vigorously, then fold in two good handfuls of WHITE, SELF RAISING FLOUR. If the mixture becomes too dry, fold in FRESH MILK. Add a pinch of salt if desired. Once a thick, rich, chocolatey batter has been made, stir in the nuts.

Bake in a small, lined, greased roasting tin or square cake pan at 180C until a fork stuck into it comes out clean. Cut into squares.

Just had the corner bits of this recipe, still hot, with fresh double cream. Nom. Am now noting it down in case I want these again. Which I probably will.
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The clinic that oversees my migraine treatment, the City of London Migraine Clinic is in deep financial trouble. They undercharge for their services (their suggested donation is too low to cover costs) so they're begging for enough funds to carry on. They were the main push that got me into the pain clinic and thus a reason behind my being remarkably sane for someone who gets anywhere from one to three full-blown migraines every day. I am short of funds, having splurged on going to London to see a play with ruthi, but I will scrape together what I can.

I like living within sight of a farm. I can see the farming year going by, even if I need binoculars for most of it, and even with binoculars I am not really impinging on privacy since people are still little stick figures. The sheep wander from field to field. Today there was a yellow digger. I've no idea what the farm is called, but I like it being there.

There was a comedy thingy on Radio Four, which I missed most of, but it ended up with a nasty slap in the face for me. A joke that had a punchline including the words 'you stupid cow'. Well, thanks for that, Radio Four. Women have traditionally been seen as being stupid, and this was a reminder that we're often still seen that way, in jokes and sketch shows. It's only three words, but there's so much history behind those three words, they really hurt. The song before that sounded like it may have been advocating violence against men, which I am not keen either.

Moth's tending to not sleep through the night so much and be more keen on sleeping through the day. It makes it awkward to give her medicine. When I was getting up every dawn, medicating her was easy. Perhaps I should start setting a wake-up alarm again.

Trout, fennel, lemon zest (not juice), carrots and almonds go together really, really, really well.

If you're going to claim not to be a troll, why randomly put in a gender slur and then hang a lantern on it? There's also been someone kicked from a community I am in, for being a leeeeedle too racist-trollish, so I went to their LJ to check them out, and urgh. There were some very not nice racist things in their journal. I am so glad to see them gone. They'd jumped into the conversation and were replying to *everything* anyone said on cultural appropriation, doing everything on the Derailing for Dummies website, from raising other subjects, to 'whites have it bad too'. Someone else pulled a 'this discussion is too academic' and 'we need to be colour blind'. It was like all of RaceFail 09 in one post.

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