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I spent most of this evening trying, and largely failing, to cook.

It started with the tomato soup. I've never made tomato soup from scratch but I thought two tins of chopped tomatoes, two red onions and a clove of garlic and some creme fraiche should do the trick, right? Wrong.

Firstly, I burnt it because I was on the phone and let it boil too much. The gas was on low, but it still had started burning. I poured everything into another saucepan, washed the first pan and then tried to blend the veg. I burnt myself when soup splashed up from the pan and got it on my clothes, the wall and the cooker. It also transpired that the onions weren't really cooked enough, despite having been fried for a bit and then boiled for another 10 minutes. I decided to try sieving it. This worked well and was producing a nice creamy looking soup. But somehow I just kept splashing myself and getting stains all over my new top. It also took FOREVER. I was left with lots of vegetable pulp which was veeerrry sloooowwwllyy being passed through the mesh of the sieve. I got bored of this and just mixed it in with everything else. It still tasted burnt so I added some sugar. It then tasted burnt and sweet, which would have been nice if it was toffee, but sweet, burnt tomato soup is not so nice. I added the creme fraiche and ate it with some basil, trying not to screw my mouth up too much. This is dinner for at least one more night. It doesn't taste too bad, but it's not what I was expecting. Then again, maybe I was expecting Heinz and should have just bought a tin in the first place.

The chocolate brownie I made afterwards, and which my family are getting for Easter, was a breeze in comparison. Using Bailey's in the mixture (as opposed to in the icing) and muscovado sugar instead of granular makes for a much stickier structure. I used 100g of milk chocolate instead of 125g and added more cocoa to stiffen the mixture. It rose a lot more than usual but might sink with cooking, we'll see. I say it myself, but I make damn good brownie. Sometimes I make it with cointreau and orange peel. Sometimes I make alcoholic icing and sometimes not. This evening I added grated almonds. Now I just need to get good at making other things. I do like cooking, but it's more fun when it works...
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