Thursday, 25 October 2007

Silly Sickness

Last week I started to feel a little under the weather. Self diagnosis is something I do with wild abandon. While having no formal (or informal) medical training of any kind, I never lack the confidence to assess my own health. This apparently is not a terribly safe way to manage one's health care, and as it turned out, I didn't have hay-fever but instead a bad cold which subsequently resulted in a chest infection.

That said and done, I spent the last 3 days in bed. I tend to believe that your body will crave things that it is lacking. This too can seem rather strange, because when I feel sick I rarely long for health food. I can never remember being in bed with a fever and thinking "Oh, what I would do for a nice bowl of Brussels sprouts now"! My thoughts always turn to "unhealthy" comfort food.

By yesterday afternoon I was feeling so much better and decided that I would whip up something dead easy, but totally unhealthy.

Before I got sick, I came across this recipe on Homesick Texan's site.

I made a few changes, but nothing that would count as original.

Hello Dolly Bars

1 1/2 cups crushed digestive biscuits
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of coconut
1 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts
1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Pour melted butter into an 11x7 or 8x8 cake pan.
Sprinkle digestive crumbs into pan, and mix well with melted butter to form a crust.
Layer on top of digestive crust the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts.
Evenly pour sweetened condensed milk over everything.
Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, top should be light brown.
Let cool in pan for at least half an hour, cut into bars and serve.

These are totally delicious and full of calories.

By way of explanation as to why my blog looks different every time you visit, this is not to confuse, but rather I am trying to get the set out and colours right. It's like trying on new clothes, you have to keep looking until you are perfectly happy with what you see.


Cookie baker Lynn said...

This is definitely my idea of health food!

It takes more energy for the body to break down and process raw foods like brussel sprouts, so when you're sick I think it's natural for your body to crave easy to digest nuggets of energy (calories). Sound reasonable?

I hope you're up and feeling better!

Rose&Thorn said...

Thanks Lynn, these bar definitely did the trick, and they are so easy to make, even when you feel under the weather.

Jeanne said...

OMG, I am so making these! They look absolutely amazing - thanks for sharing and glad you feel better :)

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