Watched a programme about Yellowstone Park which contains one of the world's super volcanoes. Watching all the geysers I wondered how long it was since the last eruption. Seems to me to be about 1.3 million years. Quite a long time ago!! What made me wonder was the fact that the bison have been around since prehistoric times and I had been thinking if the volcano ever does erupt, that will be the end of all the animals there. Not that it will do the world much good either. With any luck, I won't be here to find out LOL.
I have my free meal coupon from Mandarin so have arranged to have lunch there with our friends on
Tuesday I have to attend the senior driver's lecture or whatever you call it. I will get an eye test and then have to do a couple of cognitive tests, they I gather they 'talk' to you for a while. It takes about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours. I don't envisage any problems other than getting up early enough to be there for 9 a.m. Getting up is not a problem, it's getting cracking with all the things to do before I go out. Mind you, I still believe they should test your actual ability to handle a car.
I thought this cake sounded a bit different/
Brown Butter Cake with Cocoa
6 Tbs unsalted butter (3 oz.)
7 1/2 oz all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
1 1/4 cups whole buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with 2-inch sides or a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper; spray with cooking spray.
3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is foamy and starting to brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes. (It should smell like hazelnuts.) Scrape browned bits from bottom; remove from heat, and cool 5 minutes.
4. Whisk together flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl until no lumps of brown sugar remain. (Break up lumps with hands, if necessary.)
5. Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl until no visible bits of egg remain. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, whisking just until blended (a few streaks of flour are fine). Add brown butter and coconut oil, and whisk just until blended.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with coconut flakes and remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until coconut is golden brown, cake pulls away from the sides of the pan, and a wooden pick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan to a wire rack; cool to room temperature.
Source: Cooking Light
Have a great day