Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chocolate and Contemplation- Mercury in Taurus... Again...

The retrograde period is in full swing and Mercury has sauntered back into earthy Taurus where it will contemplate, review and put more practicality around plans conceptualised during those heady few days Mercury chatted in Gemini.

Communication of all sorts is deliberate, grounded and aware of reality in Taurus. Mercury will stay here until the middle of June.

With the retrograde until the end of the month, review those plans, put some concrete around the goals and look inward. Taurus is very much in touch with the physical body and its’ senses, so listen to yourself and dig deeper into projects that require patience, focus and perseverance.

Contemplation is best done over cake and coffee, so here is a chocolate cake recipe that can be whipped up in no time and savoured- as all things chocolate should be.

This recipe comes courtesy of one of my favourite authors- Kerry Greenwood “Trick or Treat”.

2 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
300ml cream
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ¾ cups self raising flour
1 cup frozen berries*
1 cup chocolate bits
*use any kind of fruit, mashed banana, extra chocolate- just keep the proportions balanced.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (C)

Beat eggs & sugar together until thick, add the cream and vanilla & mix well. Fold in the flour, berries & chocolate bits.

Pour into a greased & lined 20cm tin & cook for 50 minutes (or when a skewer comes out without any cloggy bits on it). Cool in the tin & then either dust with icing sugar or ice with chocolate icing. Retrograding never tasted so good.

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