Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Mothering Sunday Tea with Hannah & Chilli-Chocolate Brownie Disaster

Like a diligent and loving son I headed back to the ranch for Mothering Sunday, safe in the knowledge that I was in for a feast. Whenever we see Hannah we know we're not going to go hungry - as you'll see from the links below.

BBQ on the bales
Hannah's epic afternoon tea
Christmas Eve with Hannah
Cowie's Brownies for Hannah

This isn't going to be a long post. Just a brief pictorial summary in honour of the lost art of afternoon tea. Enjoy the slide show.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

The highlight of the spread wasn't the first bite of Jane's incredible scones with clotted cream, or Mum's amazing violet and lemon cake. No the highlight was my disastrous foray into interfering with Cowie's (now sacred) brownie recipe. I thought it would be a good idea to add some chilli chocolate sauce to the mix. But I failed to check the sauce I used resulting in Cowie's, normally amazing, brownies tasting more of curry than chocolate.

On closer inspection of the jar it turned out that the sauce I had haphazardly lobbed in was actually actually a sauvory sauce for use in Mexican moles! DISASTER! I had single handedly ruined Mother's Day. Or so Dad said. And then Hannah broke down crying and I feared the worst... but they were happy tears. None of us have eaten anything this nasty in a long time and it was hilarious. Take it from me. The brownies below may look delicious.

Chilli choc brownies

But because I used this stuff. They tasted gross!

Hannah. It was great to see you. I hope the Aga gets better soon!


Jules said...

Looks like an amazing Mother's Day lunch. Sorry to hear about the brownies.

Oliver said...

Grim news about the brownies. Still, the violet cake looks delicious.

A Girl Has To Eat said...

All the cakes look divine! I wanted to lick screen. :-) Shame about the brownies but a laugh is always worth it.

Browners said...

@Jules - splendid Mother's Day. Weirdly the brownies made the day! Or that's my spin on it anyway!

@Oliver - I'm still convinced that chilli chocolate brownies is a good idea. Just need to work on the recipe and not use mole sauce next time!

@A Girl has to Ear - I can assure you that this was a delicious feast. I'm working on a new way to make the pixels taste and smell. But it is a few years away yet.

kang said...

Amazing pictures,really liked the salmon finger sandwiches pic!

Browners said...

@kang - thanks! That's the beauty of shooting in decent light and having some beautiful food to shoot!


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