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Oh, yeah. I’ll been know for taking risks. And when I caught those fresh broad beans eyeing me from across the produce section I knew I must scoop them up even though I had absolutely no plan for these tasty morsels. See, told you – I’m wild.

I ended up making some bean fritters (ala Naked Chef style) with refreshing mint yogurt sauce. (Think falafel here). They were a delightful surprise to the usual (well, nothings really usual around here) weeks dishes.

Whack together some cilantro, mint, cumin, cayenne pepper, fresh broad beans, half a spicy chili, lemon zest, salt, and flour in your Cuisinart and you’re ready to dunk these mini footballs in hot oil for a couple minutes. Crunchy on the outside yet so moist on the inside. And who doesn’t love to dip?

Here’s the short Jamie Oliver video:

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Chocolate Pots

This sure to impress no bake dessert is hella easy to whip up. Scrumptiously smooth, these cute chocolate pots can be prepared hours before your guests step foot onto your front porch and will have your chocoholic friends begging for more. Last night, I served this silky brown loveliness in martini glasses but espresso cups would be just as fun.

Chocolate Pots

Courtesy of Jamie Oliver serves 4-6 depending on portion size

You’ll need:

1/2 pint (285ml) heavy cream
7 ounces (200g) semisweet chocolate, at least 70 % cocoa
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons brandy, (Cointreau or Grand Marnier as alternatives)

3/4 ounces (20g) butter

Preparation:

In a thick-bottomed pot, heat the cream until near boiling. Remove and set aside for 1 minute before adding chocolate. Stir in until melted and smooth. Once melted, stir in egg yolks and brandy. Cool slightly, add butter and stir until smooth and shiny. Pour into individual serving pots.

Sometimes if you add the butter when the chocolate isn’t cool enough it will make the chocolate look as if it has split. To rectify this allow the mixture to cool a little longer before stirring in some cold milk, a little at a time, until you have a smooth consistency again.

Chocolate Pots

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Fattie had dashed over to grab the new truck and trailer (in order to store all the paraphernalia we were going to purchase for the remodel we needed both vehicles. BTW, this remodel seems to have taken over my life the last few weeks – but uh-uhmmm, I guess that’s for another time….) and as he honked for me, I reached for my Louis Vuitton and my puffy North Face.

Since I knew we were going to be in the rig for the better part of an hour, I spun around, turned back, and quickly snagged a cookbook off the shelf for some dinner inspiration.

I ended up with Jamie Oliver, The Naked Chef Takes Off.

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