The Power of Chocolate

13 Sep

This Thursday we are having morning tea at work and I volunteered to make some goodies.  I needed something easy that could be made ahead of time, cocktails on Wednesday night and the importance of sleep, mean wild horses couldn’t get me out of bed early on Thursday to bake, so chocolate slice it is!

An office wide morning tea happens very infrequently at my
workplace. I wish they were more often, but my thighs are grateful they are
not. That makes this Thursdays morning tea very special, particularly because
the morning tea is being held for R U OK Day. A day set aside to draw
attention to suicide and its prevention. I encourage you to check out the link.
This issue is close to my heart because of the rather dire statistics when it
comes to lawyers, mental illness and suicide. While lawyers are the butt of
many jokes, yes some of them very funny…….

it is sad to see many of our bright, talented, young people entering  the
legal workforce and finding themselves overwhelmed and under supported. Perfectionist personalities and the unique pressures inherent in legal work are a volatile combination.

But it is not only lawyers who need to be asked R U OK and hopefully
this day reminds us that in the age of technology there still is no replacement
for asking someone in person R U OK?…. and waiting to hear the answer. So I
encourage you this Thursday to really find the time to ask someone how they are
travelling and maybe offer them some chocolate hedgehog slice. Chocolate
improves everything!

Who will you ask? What is your favourite Lawyer Joke?

Hedeghog Slice  recipe adapted from Sam’s Hedgehog by Sam Doursos (Epicure Chocolate:recipes from 20 years of indulgent ideas)

  • 500gms of Milk Arrowroot Biscuits
  • 1 cup of chopped pistachios
  • 300gms unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cups of castor Sugar
  • 3 eggs

Icing

  • 250 gms dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp of Rice bran oil
  1. Crush arrowroot biscuits
  2. Melt butter, then add sugar and cocoa and stir until dissolved on low heat
  3. Cool mixture a little and then add eggs and whisk until thick and shiny
  4. Fold in nuts and biscuits
  5. Pour mixture in to tin and smooth over before putting in the fridge to cool completely

    Chocolate Rubble

  6. To make the icing melt chocolate and oil on low heat and pour over completely cooled slice. Tap the tray to ensure all the bubbles are gone
  7. Refrigerate until completely set.

    Ta Da. Easy as...slice

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4 Responses to “The Power of Chocolate”

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 19/09/2011 at 12:20 pm #

    That slice looks delicious and RUOK day is a great day to remind us that we need to stop and see how others are doing 🙂

    • thelegaltart 19/09/2011 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks Lorraine. I figure the calories don’t count either when it is for a good cause

  2. Mel 18/10/2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Hedgehog slice is one of my favourite slices ever! Mmm.

    On a more serious note, yes it’s crazy how seldom we pay attention to the things that really matter, like whether people are really OK! That sounds like a good cause for morning tea at work.

    My fav lawyer jokes probably lie within the pages of Jeremy Blachman’s “Anonymous Lawyer”. Some truth, some fiction – all rather relevant 🙂

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