Thursday, 23 October 2008

Don't Trust the Internet

Well it's probably not something your mum taught you along with not speaking to strangers and brushing your teeth every night but it is probably something most people are aware of, these days.

I thought I was too. That's until, earlier tonight, I started mixing in a mug 4 tablespoons of plain flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa (actually Nesquik chocolate powder). I mixed that thoroughly and then added an egg. I mixed the stuff again. Finally I added 3 tablespoons of milk and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and stuck the lot in the microwave for 3 minutes.

What is the link with the internet, I hear you say. Well, I found this recipe of the "mugcake" on the internet on a message board I am a member of. And while I am normal well disciplined, I decided try it out (probably out of boredom).

The result (exhibits 1, 2 and 3 are shown below and were shot with my cheap newish camera which I obviously don't master yet!) was not exactly pretty to look at.

About halfway through it's passage inside the entrails of the microwave, the mixture started to rise and rise till there seemed to be about half as much stuff outside of the mug as there was inside. I had to open the door and stop the microwaving a couple of times for fear of a flood.

After dutifully taking rubbish out of focus pictures, I finally reached for the reward of my hard 5 min labour and tasted my creation. While I can't say it tasted bad, after all why would good things mixed together taste bad, I can't really that it was wonderful either. It tasted a bit bland if I am honest. The taste reminded me of when I tried to sprinkle some Nesquik powder on my (non-sugared) crèpes. Hmmm, perhaps there is room for experimentation after all.

If I am honest, the thing was a little rubbery too; I wonder if Michelin, Goodyear and Dunlop have been told about this...

this one looks marginally better than mine.

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