Let them eat brownies!
Jun. 3, 2010 6:37 am
Updated: Jun. 4, 2010 11:57 am
What do you do get when you mix a french-jewish mother, 5 house guests, and memorial day weekend? Way too many leftovers. Notably among the lesser dessert category (processed, pre-packaged things like cookies, which couldn't contend with their home made
comrades). It's taken all of 3 days to use up a big bowl of brownie bites which were left completely untouched during our annual barbeque. How could I, a single person of average size, consume an average of 7 brownies a day? It took me a while, but I've come
up with many new and exciting ways to incorporate my chocolaty friends in every meal.
My breakfasts, needless to say, took a turn for the delectably unhealthy these last few days. As it would turn out, brownie pieces can be used as a substitute for chocolate chips in nearly all your favorite recipes. Be they muffins, pancakes, waffles or french
toast, sprinkle a few chewy flakes on top and I guarantee you will never regret it. I honestly don't think I'll be making chocolate chip pancakes again after having had this chewier, more melt-in-your-mouth version. It enhances the consistency of the pancake
itself, rather than detracting from it by melting completely as a chocolate chip would, making your breakfast a bit soggy. Another favorite discovery of mine was the brownie and granola parfait. Again, the lesson here is that everything tastes better when
there's brownies mixed into it.
For lunch, things get a little trickier. I don't really want that much sugary taste in my lunch. Most of my friends are content with a nutella or fluffer-nutter sandwich, but not I. I want something on the savory side. I ended up finding a mole sauce recipe
online, and altering it slightly to replace the chocolate powder with finely crushed brownie. Couldn't tell the difference at all. You can still taste the brownie, but there's something delightfully spicy and sour about chicken mole.
At snack time, I had plenty of options to chose from. Someone on hte recipe requests board suggested I try smothering brownies in peanut butter and banana slices. Easily one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. It's one of those guilty pleasure
snacks that inspires a jog around the block the next morning. Actually, that's what I should be doing right now, as opposed to writing this entry. Maybe in an hour or so... Other great snacks include ice cream-brownie sundays and sandwiches, as well as brownie
trifle and banana-brownie bread, whose name gives the recipe away I think.
Finally, at dinner time I'm in the mood for something savory again. Something that won't send my arteries screaming for help. Well, let's just say that I've been tweaking a mayan chocolate-mushroom soup recipe from an old cookbook that I found. I'll give it
a go tonight, and post the recipe if all goes well. For now, I think I'll go for that jog I was talking about.