Monday, 28 January 2013

Australia Day Fudge

We had an unusual Australia Day.  E and his ukelele were in one of the groups in the Australia Day parade and concert this year.  He got up early and headed into the city.  Sylvia and I slept in and made fudge when we got up. 

Once the fudge was in the fridge, we took a train to the city where we caught the tailend of the parade.  Most importantly, we saw the ukeleles.  We also saw quite a lot of ethnic groups but missed some of the quirky groups - the daleks, jedi warriors and superheroes.  One of the great things about heading into the Kings Domain after the parade is seeing people in all sorts of costume wandering around.

On show were lots of Aussie flags, a display of vintage cars, and fire engines.  And the crowds.  It was impossible to buy food without queuing.  We had baked potatoes.  Good honest food.  Followed by poffertjes.  Good festival food.  I was glad I had brought along a rug to sit on in the gardens.

Then E headed off to perform at the concert and I went home with Sylvia.  As we walked to the train, we were treated to an air show overhead.  At home, we cut the fudge into squares.  It was to take to the Moody Noodles house.  I had decided the jar of almond butter (given that I don't bake with peanut butter due to Sylvia's allergy) and some chocolate would make the sort of treat K loves.

The fudge was the sort of slice to keep in the fridge.  It got quite soft when left out but it was rich and very chocolatey and slightly nutty.  We sprinkled it with coloured stars to make it look pretty. 

It was great to see some familiar faces at the gathering.  I loved K's raw fudge slice and Cindy's lavender biscuits.  Sylvia had a lovely time eating chips and chocolate coated rice cakes.  I regret to say she was probably once of the messier guests but at least she had some kiddie company.  Time flew and before we knew it, it was time to go home for dinner.  Just a simple salad sandwich was all we needed.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: WW Iced Apple Chamomile Tea
Two years ago:  Aussie morroccan salad
Three years ago: WHB: Tomato and Peach Relish
Four years ago: Hot weather, hopeful politics and summer food
Five years ago: Gorgeous Grubs

Chocolate almond fudge
Adapted from Chocolate Moosey

1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup butter or margarine, chopped
1 cup almond butter
1 cup icing sugar
Sprinkles, for decorating

Melt the chocolate and butter together.  I did this in the microwave.  Stir in almond butter and icing sugar.  Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.  Spread fudge in the tin and set in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.  Cut into squares and keep in the fridge if possible.

On the stereo:
Wide Open Road: a trip through Australia's musical landscape – Various Artists

18 comments:

  1. This fudge looks absolutely scrumptious! Thanks also for the parade photos - looks like it was fun.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - loved the fudge and the parade was fun too - though shame we missed quite a bit of it

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  2. What a simple and effective recipe! I really enjoyed it. :-)

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    1. Thanks Cindy - I had thought of making vegan gf magic slice for K but ran out of time and turned to the easy recipe instead :-)

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  3. What a lovely, lovely day! To me, an Australian festival isn't an Australian festival with poffertjes and gozleme :)

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    1. Thanks Hannah - strangely enough the hot potato stall was right next to the gozleme one - considered gozleme but I think hot potato suited sylvia better - though she still scattered a lot of it everywhere (at least we were in the park)

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  4. What gorgeous looking fudge - and what a gorgeous sounding day! You put our non-eventfulness for Austraia Day to shame (although in our defense, we don't have a parade here!) and I love the sound of your festivities. I'm glad you had a good day.

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    1. Thanks Kari - it was a really lovely day - I don't know that I have ever been to the parade before - not sure if it is quite a new thing or not but I was pleased we got a spot along the route quite easily

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  5. It was delicious and great to see you both!

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    1. Thanks K - was really pleased to be able to get there and catch up and see your new abode! And great to be able to taste your fudge - must get some coconut oil for it

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  6. I had no idea E played the ukelele! Very cool. sounds like you guys celebrated right! That fudge looks so good.

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    1. Thanks Joanne - the ukelele seems really cool at the moment - I even heard them talking about a cooking demonstration of macarons with ukelele playing in the background on the radio this week!

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  7. That's a pretty fudge with the sprinkles on top Johanna! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - sprinkles do make chocolate slices look so much prettier - they can look quite undesirable if it is just dark

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  8. Chocolate and almond butter fudge, sounds perfect to me, and so simple! We're having guests over this weekend, so I'll have to make a batch!

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    1. Thanks Chocolate and Choufleur - hope you enjoy the fudge - it is easy and yummy but best not to keep out of the fridge too long unless you don't mind it being quite gooey (which is not a bad thing)

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  9. the uke is such a funny little instrument isn't it. So easy to pick up and just starting playing a happy little tune. I don't play but Mr Chocolate does and it always seems to bring a smile to anyone who is listening.
    I suspect this fudge brought a few smiles as well Johanna :-)

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  10. Mmmm. . . fudge!! And happy belated Australia Day! Sounds like you celebrated in good style. :)

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