Dear Reader, I have two things for you today. Next month Not Quite Nigella celebrates eight years in the blogosphere! I still can't believe that it has been that long and every day I am so, so thankful that I have this wonderful job.
I'm always looking to improve the blog though so I'd love to know a bit more about you and how you interact with Not Quite Nigella. That will help me deliver you posts that you want to read - the last time I did the survey it was really helpful to hear all of your feedback. To thank you for your time one entrant will receive a $150 Good Food Gift Card that can be used at 250 restaurants around Australia. The survey will be up until the 21st of August, 2014. You can complete the survey here! Mwah! x
But I realise that it's a bit more fair if I tell you a little about myself. I was inspired by my friend Kat from The Organised Housewife's questionnaire so here is a little about me!
What is your favourite colour?
Red. I adore red lipstick and nails.
What is your favourite fruit?
Cherries and figs, anything super sweet really.
What is your favourite TV show?
Orange is the New Black, Luther and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Mr NQN has to leave the room when I watch the last one).
What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?
Salad! I am a total freak for salad. Plus that means I get to eat more for dinner ;)
What is your favourite snack?
I try not to snack but chocolate is my life and I'm not being melodramatic ;)
What is your favourite book?
Too many to name. I do adore the Harry Potter series though.
What is your favourite drink?
Tea and sparkling water. I'm ridiculously exciting aren't I?
What is your favourite song?
Anything by Chris Isaak...
What is your favourite recent purchase?
Surely not just one! My favourite three recent purchases were smoked garlic, red lipstick and a pair of Louboutin heels.
The other thing that I have for you is related to another purchase of green tea powder. I was standing in the queue at an Asian grocery store looking at the range of Japanese green tea chocolates available. I flipped over the boxes and saw the myriad ingredients in them so I decided to buy some powder to make my own. I remember making Japanese "Nama" chocolate, that unique chocolate high in cream and served in cocoa dusted squares popularised by brands such as Royce.
Nama chocolate has a wonderful texture as it melts on the tongue as soon as it hits your mouth. What is also fantastic about it is that it is also really, really easy and quick to make as it's essentially a soft ganache. I am one of those people that needs to have chocolate every day and one tablet of this gorgeous chocolate is enough to satisfy any chocolate cravings (okay maybe two depending on the day that I've had). It also makes a wonderful gift for friends.
So tell me Dear Reader, are you one of those "must eat chocolate every day" kind of people? And what was your favourite recent purchase (or three!)?
ETA: the winner is Lea C. of Victoria!!
And here is the survey link again -thank you SO much!
Green Tea Nama Chocolate
An Original Recipe by Not Quite Nigella
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
- 400g best quality or your favourite white chocolate
- 200ml/7fl ozs. pure cream
- 2 tablespoons green tea powder plus extra for sprinkling
Step 1 - Line an 8x8inch square tin with baking parchment. On low to medium heat, place the white chocolate and cream and keep stirring with a flat bottomed spatula until melted but do not burn. Take out about 1/2 cup of the chocolate mixture and sift the green tea powder into the smaller amount. Whisk until smooth and then combine with the rest of the white chocolate mixture. Scoop into the prepared tin and allow to set in the fridge. It is a soft mixture and needs to be refrigerated.
Step 2 - Remove from the fridge and sift over the set chocolate. Cut into squares and serve with a small fork. Nama chocolate must be kept in the fridge because it is soft and has a high cream content.