Saturday, 13 December 2008

Chocolate Mug Cake & Physiotherapy

Over the last few days I have been helping our good friends with their beautiful foal who was born with severely contracted tendons. She had a three day course of oxytetracyline not long after she was born but the tendons just did not relax enough and she has developed a leg deviation from compensating for her handicap when feeding. Last week she was given another three day course of oxytet and put on a strict two hourly 24/7 physio & hand walking regime. I have been helping with the over-night sessions and consequently have slept no more than an hour and a half in one go since that time and walked quite a few km so forgive me if I seem a little foggy, haha!

The good news is that the vet gave her her last shot yesterday (today is D-day) and has said that the improvement is good enough to keep going with her - YAY!

On the first night Karen made me Chocolate Mug Cake to help keep me going overnight and I was so impressed with the ease of the recipe and process, I thought I would share it here. It's clearly not an every-day food but most people would have the necessary ingredients in the cupboard and it could be a lifesaver in times of 'chocolate emergency'. Anyway, here it is for the chocoholics amongst us. PS I use a high quality cocoa powder that I get from Moore Wilsons, dark chocolate drops/buttons, fresh goat's milk and free range eggs, which all help give the cake a fabulous richness.

You’ll need....
4 Tablespoons cake flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons chocolate drops (optional)
1 Mug

here’s what you do....

Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.

Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Be sure to mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners.

Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate drops if you’ve got them, and a splash of vanilla essence too.

Pop your mug into the microwave & zap for 3 minutes on maximum power (1000watt).

Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.

If necessary, run a knife around the sides of the mug, and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer.

Sit back and enjoy with a coffee - you deserve it!

Not so much else horsey to report. Grace heads home today and we have a new grazer arriving tomorrow (I think). Maude is due back in season soon so am watching her like a hawk and Bella will be scanned next week. The mare with Hamish continues to be difficult and he has a lovely little pony mare coming next week. His first pony, a dear little grey Arab/Welshie - very exciting! Aine's new owner will be here to see her again today and has paid the deposit so I can pass that on to the vet next week and chip away at some more of our current bill. That's about it really.

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