Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Crumbled Cookies and Fudge Brownies

A tale of two stories.

If I was given the choice between a cookie or brownie for an elevenses sweet treat I would find it verrrrry hard to choose.

I would probably say 'oh yes please, one of each - thank you very much!'

But that wouldn't be very lady like of me now would it.

So the angel on my shoulder would restrain me, but the little devil on the other would grumble for the rest of the day.

Good hands - bad hands.

Do you ever weigh up?

So when I discovered Lorraine on a Monday night a couple of weeks ago all my dreams of easy baking seemed to fall into place.

Now I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little sceptical at first (sorry). Former model turned chef plus another TV chef - do we need anymore?

But Lorraine is the face behind Ella's Bakehouse and has worked very, very hard in her profession and to make her mark. I have huge admiration for anyone that follows their dreams.

And from that very first viewing I have been left transfixed, enchanted and completely and utterly rewarded.

My Monday nights are just not the same.

Even Mr Tabiboo who normally turns his nose up at my kind of goggle box viewing was mightily impressed and trust me, it takes a lot to 'wow' him over.

If it's not Jeremy, Richard and James then you know you're on a loosing side - blokes!!

Anyhow, back to the cookies and brownies.

The first ever episode of Lorraine's I watched was where she made 'Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies' - chocolate fudge brownies with boshed up Oreo cookies all mixed up and baked together.

Cookies and brownies - together! No more choosing one over the other - now that is a clever idea.

You know the saying.

So now I can have my cookies and cake and eat them - together!

Gooey and moist in the middle with that little added crunch.

Perfect with a cup of tea - or coffee in my case, but I'd hold off on the dipping though - those little O's can be very deceptive.

Now I know mine don't look exactly like Lorraine's - I got a little carried away with the icing sugar - but they are super yummy and very more'ish' and you can just about see the Oreo sticking out of the side of my brownie. it says on the book - which I had to go and buy (of course) - 'Baking Made Easy' - very very easy.