Chocolate Lava Puddings Recipe

Cooking Time

15 minutes

Makes

12

Ingredients

  • 125g butter
  • 350g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 4 eggwhites
  • 2 x 100g block of soft-centred dark chocolate
  • cocoa powder, to serve
  • thick cream or ice-cream, to serve

Method

  1. Grease a 12 x 3/4-cup capacity muffin or friand pan.
  2. Melt butter with chocolate over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring. Cool.
  3. Beat egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until pale. Add warm chocolate mixture and almond meal. Gently fold with a large metal spoon.
  4. Beat eggwhites until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until combined. Fold into chocolate mixture in 2 batches, using a metal spoon.
  5. Half-fill muffin pan with mixture. Top each with 2 pieces of soft-centred chocolate and remaining batter. Cover with plastic. Freeze for 1 hour or until is solid.
  6. Preheat oven to 200°C. Remove plastic from moulds and place into hot oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until top is firm. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Sprinkle with cocoa and serve immediately with cream or ice-cream.

Source

Super Food Ideas – July 2003 , Page 73
Recipe by Janelle Bloom & Dixie Elliott

Highlights of the Hume

The quickest way by car to get from Sydney to Melbourne is via the Hume Highway. Most of the way the Hume bypasses most of the towns that it used to connect, making it a bit hard to plan your stops. Here are the places I stop at when travelling through.

Goulburn, NSW (180km)

Take the second exit to Goulburn (after the town) and you arrive at the Big Merino. Conveniently located next to a mobile service station, McDonalds and a great bakery, it is really close to the highway.

Gundagai, NSW (170km)

5 miles before you get to Gundagai on the highway, is a reststop commemorating “the dog on the tuckerbox”. A pretty lame story and statue, at least there is a park to wander around it (for dogs, too) and a big BP servo with a decent food court.

Holbrook, NSW (120km)

The Hume actually travels through Holbrook, so you don’t need to go out of your way at all to enjoy the sights of this landlocked submarine. A good toilet stop, with cafe next to the sub for a quick pick me up. The only big thing on this journey you can climb up. Still spectacular at night.

Wangaratta, VIC (140km)

You have to get off the highway for Wangarrata, but the bypass doesn’t really take you much out of the way. Lots of nice restaurants in town (we enjoyed Thai) and the only Vicorian town I know a song to.

Melbourne, VIC (240km)

Arrive at your destination ready for a walk and a sleep or coffee, depending on the time of day.

Note – Most of the Hume is dual lane, dual carriageway but the part between Gundagai and Albury is single lane each way. That part of the journey requires concentration and patience, as well as good luck (or timing) to avoid as many of the huge trucks on the road as you can which are both intimidating to the much smaller car and slow when you are fast and fast when you are slow. The journey takes about 8 hours full throttle, but Priscilla and I tend to take 10-11 once stops are included.

Bridegrooms Speech

Friends and family, my wife and I are very happy today. Very happy that we have become
one in the Lord’s sight, and very happy that you could all be here to see it.

We are particularly pleased to see Priscilla’s family that have travelled up from Tasmania—
Nana, Granny, Ian and Chloris, John and Clarice—you are most welcome. Thank you
all for your gifts today, the ones you wrapped up or put in an envelope, but also for your
friendship and support. Thank you also to everyone who helped make today so special,
there are too many to name, hopefully we’ve remembered you in the order of service.

While this is a new beginning, it is important to recognise the past. Mum and Dad, thank
you for your efforts raising me. I know I wasn’t a perfect child, but I pray that I’ll be able
to bring my children up to know God in the same way that I do. I love you both and am
pleased you can be here with us today.

Noel and Mary, thank you for your help organising the reception. Thank you for the
support you have been to us through our engagement. Thank you for bringing this beautiful
woman into the world so that I could meet her and now make her my wife.

Nathan and Tim, thanks for going through this with me. Your experience and calmness
have been very helpful as I’ve approached this day. Nathan in particular has been a great
example to Priscilla of what kind of husband I might turn into. A motorcycle riding one
with long hair and a beard.

Amy and Karen, you look wonderful today. Thank you for brightening up our ceremony
with your charm and grace. I know Priscilla appreciated being able to lean on you for
advice through the preparations for today—dress, hair and make-up amongst others. She
also asked me to thank you for the gifts she received at the hens’ night. Oh sorry, she meant
I would be thanking you tomorrow for those gifts. Oh, she’s going to explain to me later.

Priscilla, you are beautiful, darling. I love your kind ways and amazing smile. I’m so happy
you’ve agreed to be my wife and share the rest of your life with me. I’ve promised to love
you and care for you all my days, no matter what. We will have some tough times but today
we promised each other and God that we are going to stick with each other, come what may.

Priscilla and I met when she came up to Beach Mission to visit some of her friends. I saw
her walking across our camp-site and wondered to myself who this girl was. We often found
ourselves on the same table for meals that mission—a coincidence, I’m sure.

When I got back from mission I thought I would play it cool and wait a little while before
calling Priscilla. So, I unpacked the car, asked what Dad wanted for dinner, and invited
Priscilla over. I probably held off for a maximum of 5 minutes or so.

I realised I loved Priscilla a few weeks after that. We were spending a lot of time together
and I kept trying to kiss her, but she’d made a rule not letting me that I kept forgetting
about. She likes making up rules, does my wife, keeping them is another matter.

We’ve had our share of up times and down times. We had some relationship counselling
late last year and we came out of that with a renewed appreciation for each other. We each
worked on a few personal habits we had picked up and it was clear that we could make a
good go of a marriage. So I got a ring, took her to Wisemans Ferry and proposed. She said
“Yes” and today is the result. Or really, today is the start.

Priscilla, I hope you enjoy our next journey as much as I’ve enjoyed the last one.

My wife and I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that we will be moving
to Melbourne at the end of July. I have been offered a great job within Commander that
requires me to relocate to Victoria. I will miss many things about Sydney with my church,
friends and family high on that list. I suspect sunshine and rugby league will also be on that
list before long.

That’s a while away, though. Firstly, Priscilla and I will be enjoying a lovely 3 weeks
holiday in Thailand. 34 degrees at the beach sounds wonderful after our recent weather.

I found a quote that might be appropriate to our situation. Will Stanton once said “Getting a
dog is like getting married. It teaches you to be less self-centred, to accept sudden, surprising
outbursts of affection, and not to be upset by a few scratches on your car.” We had always
hoped Hunnie would be useful someday.

In closing, I would like to propose a toast to the bridesmaids so would you please be up-
standing and raise your glasses and join us as we toast….Amy and Karen.

Wedding Invite

Priscilla Claire Arnold and Daniel Owen Fragar,
together with their parents, request the pleasure of your company
to share in the celebration of their marriage at Banjo Paterson Cottage, Punt Rd, Gladesville
on Saturday, 24th May 2008 at 11am followed by light refreshments in the garden.

Daniel and Priscilla portrait

Engagement Day

Daniel’s Version…

Saturday 23rd February – a day to be remembered!

It started with a sleep in and a lazy morning, what I like after a hectic week at work.
Priscilla and I then headed off to Castle Towers and whilst Priscilla was doing her own thing I set off to get some ingredients for a picnic.

From Castle Towers I ‘kidnapped’ Priscilla for the afternoon and drove, and drove… Priscilla got a bit puzzled about the distance we were going for a picnic when I produced snacks to have on the way.

We finally ended up at Wisemans Ferry. We walked around the park for a while and then sat down for a simple picnic.

Priscillas engagement ring

Daniel and Priscilla at Woy Woy Lookout

Priscilla’s Version…

Yes – It’s a day that I will never forget!

At the beginning of the morning I had a gut feeling that Daniel was going to propose to me that day. But that soon disappeared when I saw no evidence of a ring box at all.

It was a Saturday like others we have had throughout our relationship where we find a different location and have a lazy picnic and wander around. The only main difference about this day was that Daniel didn’t share where we were headed.

I got a bit puzzled about where we were headed as it was after 1pm when we headed off and Daniel produced snacks to have on the way. After a few guesses Daniel produced a printout of the Wisemans Ferry area.

The day was lovely and relaxing – couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. We got to Wisemans Ferry after stopping at a lookout on the way down to see the view. We walked around for a bit enjoying the day and then finally sat down for a simple picnic.

We unfortunately didn’t pack a picnic blanket. After a while of sitting on little twigs and other uncomfortable things I had to stand up. I got up and started to help Daniel get up as well, but something was preventing him from getting fully off the ground. I looked down to find that Daniel was on his knees looking up at me holding both of my hands.

It was then that I suddenly realised that Daniel was on his knees to propose. He had in his hand a beautiful ring holding it up in front of me.

His words were “I was wondering… would you marry me?”
Without a hesitation “Yes” was my reply”

The rest of the afternoon was really enjoyable. Daniel and I crossed the river on the ferry and drove up to the Woy Woy area looking around – it was a day full of driving but it was nice to have that time together and take in the fact that we were engaged.

I have to say that I was a bit distracted when we were driving as there was something glistening in the sunlight which was on my left hand!

2007 in Summary

What a year! 2007 started like any other year, but ended up being quite eventful.

In January, Daniel and I celebrated our first year together by spending a day on and around Sydney harbour enjoying the sights and ending the day star gazing at the Observatory.

It was a relaxing and wonderful way to celebrate a great year together.

Daily life was filled with working at CQU, looking after my 3 year old Maltese/ Pomeranian – Hunnie (who is full of mischief), spending time with Daniel, involvement in various ministries at church -Kid’s Church, Bible Study, Sunday Night Music & taking on the role of Treasurer as well as catching up with friends and generally enjoying life.

May approached quickly and brought with it another milestone – turning 30! I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this fact, but it was a good excuse to spend a cold weekend with friends in the Blue Mountains.

In June I took on the position of Manager of Client Services at Central Queensland Uni. I loved the role as it challenged me, but it wasn’t a very nice feeling of being responsible for reporting students to the Dept. of Immigration for failure to comply with their visa conditions.

I was thankfully when August arrived as I had planned to go overseas for a holiday to Europe with my aunty for 3 weeks. Traveling 5 countries in 3 weeks didn’t leave much time to waste.

We started in Singapore then headed to Turkey, Greece, Poland and finally UK. I loved every moment of the trip meeting new friends and being constantly amazed with every new experience – if you want to read more about our adventures check out the “August Adventures” entries.

The day I arrived back at work after my travels was quite unsettling as a major restructure was announced. This resulted with me choosing to take a voluntary redundancy. Thankfully within 2 weeks I had found employment at Anglican Youthworks as the Donor and Database Administrator.

I arrived at in the Fundraising Department just as we were starting the Christmas Appeal raising funds for Scripture in Schools, Youthworks Training College and also our Challenge Program for kid’s at risk. It was like being thrown in the deep end and just trying to stay afloat. Now that the appeal is settling down I am finally understanding the processes and getting more familiar with the databases. It’s exciting to help raise the support to ensure that there are resources to share God’s Word with the youth of Sydney.

You may have recently heard about the hail storm in Western Sydney – my year old Mazda 3 bears the marks of hail damage as well as my skylight in my bathroom. Thankfully the skylight has been replaced and hopefully my car will be repaired in the new year. It was an impressive storm to watch from the safety of indoors.

All-in-all I’ve had a good year and it hasn’t even finished yet. The last few days of 2007 were jam packed as well. Daniel and I visited Dubbo Zoo. You may know that I am a huge Anne of Green Gables fan so you can imagine my excitement knowing that I will be staying at a motel called “Green Gables” in Dubbo!

Anyway, I should get this in the post. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and an exciting New Year. Sorry it’s not handwritten – It was just easier to include some photos this way.

Refreshed and Retrenched

After taking the Monday off to catch up on some much needed sleep and to recover from jet-lag it was back to work at CQU.

This state of ‘normalcy’ did not last long as CQU announced on the Wednesday that they were combining their two campuses in Sydney thus causing redundancies.

Client Services wasn’t affected in these redundancies but we were all offered voluntary redundancies which were very enticing.

So, feeling very refreshed after a much-needed time away I was now unemployed and looking for another job.

Thankfully the job hunting didn’t last too long. I got offered a few jobs but ended up working for Anglican Youthworks. My official title (at the moment) is Donor Relation and Database Administrator.

Joining Youthworks just as they were heading into the Christmas Appeal was a bit of a shock and a very fast learning curve. But, now as it all starts to settle down I am becoming a bit more confident in my role.

My big project at the moment if figuring out how to get online donations up and running. Any ideas/suggestions are most welcome!

Cornish Pastimes

It’s been so long since I’ve updated you all on what’s been happening since Poland. The final couple of days of my European holiday was spent catching up with Dave & Heidi in the UK. I was so glad to be back in a country where English as spoken.

I left Aunty Janice in Poland and flew to London on the 20th August. Dave had planned ahead and booked two buses for me to get from London to Bristol and had allowed what we thought was ample time (about 2 hours) in between my flight landing and the bus leaving the airport.

Panic began to set in when my flight was delayed, there were long queues at Customs and to top it all off our luggage was a long time in coming. I thought I’d use my time wisely whilst waiting and check out where I needed to head for the bus. I finally grabbed my luggage at 12.55pm (my bus was due to depart at 1pm) and ran towards where I was directed, only to find that it was the wrong depot.

I was quite tired, and now desperate to find my bus. I asked one of the airport staff if he could help me – unfortunately he was more interested in being sarcastic than helpful but after a disapproving look from me realised that I wasn’t in the mood for it and pointed me in the right direction.

I finally reached my bus (which was fortunately still there but ready to leave). It was full with people standing around ready to wait for the next bus. I pushed my way to the front of the line and showed them my 2 connecting bus tickets. I think they felt sorry for me in my desperate state and thankfully let me on the bus. I was thankful to them and now settled on the bus I wondered what the outcome would have been if I was in a non-English speaking country.

Thankfully the rest of the bus journey was non-eventful and it was wonderful to see familiar faces in Bristol.

The next few days were spent driving around Cornwall where my family originated from.

The roads were extremely narrow and I was constantly amazed at how two cars managed to squeeze past each other.

Dave, Heidi and I jammed a lot into 3 days – we went to a Seal Sanctuary, a theatre built into the natural landscape, a tour of Stonehenge – awesome, and to top it off we had Cornish Pasties in Cornwall.

Heidi had her birthday whilst I was with them and so as a surprise we organised for Alison to join us for a small birthday celebration before Alison joined me on the journey back to London.

It was great to see where Alison is going to be living for the next little while and to spend a day with her discovering some of the sights of London. I felt like I was on a monopoly board more than anything!

Then it was farewell to all and a lllooooonnnngg journey back to Australia with not much sleep on the plane.

In Singapore I spent my time doing the airport Suduko challenge – which I came second! A pretty good effort considering how long I had been travelling for without much sleep.

I was very glad to arrive back in Australia and my own bed.