Sunday, May 2, 2010


Black bean brownies are unbelievable. Gluten-free, sugar-free, fiberlicious, with only 2 downsides: they're a lot of work, especially if your blender/food processor is a cheap one, and one batch has 2 sticks of butter in it. Oh, so I guess there's a third downside: they're far too easy to put away because they're just so damn good.

I used this recipe. My walnuts were stale, so I skipped those, and I didn't have quite enough agave nectar so I had to use a little splenda and honey, but soooo good. I used 1/2 Ghirardelli chocolate (100% cocoa) and 1/2 Baker's unsweetened chocolate, and I think I want to use a smaller pan next time so they're thicker - they're so moist that we froze them, and it's like the most amazing chocolate cake bars/brownies you've ever had. No need for regular sugary brownies ever again.

Then, the best rye loaf ever - this one had a starter, which was just boiling water, rye flour and honey, which I put together last night, then did the bread today. With a single piece of cheese, it was heaven.

I didn't put away the dozens of books and cds on my floor in the office like I was planning to, but we certainly ate well tonight - roasted chicken & potatoes & carrots with the bread & brownies. Oh, and the Ghost in the Shell Innocence movie, which is stunning on HD. I think I liked the actual seasons better, the individual episodes.

And...John and I bought our honeymoon/anniversary trip! Hurray! Santa Barbara & Solvang, California, in August. And, another Chicago trip for me at the end of May - little baby Youngerman better be born when he's supposed to so I get to meet him.

Haven't had many OWW reviews on Children Dumpling Soup yet, but that's because I haven't put in the effort I need to first. That's on the plan for tomorrow. Plus, I think the end is still a bit problematic - we'll see if I can fix that. And I want to finish Deadbells this week. A big goal, considering the lack of direction I feel about it, but who knows, it may surprise me and work out.


Malia said...

Can't wait to try the black bean brownies!!!!!!! They aren't really sugar free, though, just processed sugar free (am I being a wet blanket?). I agree that agave is way better, but still full of glorious calories.

Erin Stocks said...

Wet blanket! Okay, so not sugar free. Low in sugar, how about? Lower glycemic index? And, even better if you use the light agave nectar.

But OH so many calories. And the butter. :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about cooking, so won't comment on that, but I have posted some feedback on your story, over at the OWW. Hope it's at least a tiny bit helpful. Great story. I enjoyed reading it.

Also, would you mind if I put a link to you on my blogroll, on my website?

Erin Stocks said...

Thanks for the crit! It was helpful. :)

I'd love it, thanks. And I hope to return your crit asap.