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2007 February 12 » Philoxenos

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Michele’s American Brownies

12th February 2007

Michele’s American Brownies

When I first moved to South Korea, I was given this fantastic recipe by one of the other missionaries. It included ingredients that were easily available in Korea so it became one of my favourite desserts. It still is because IT’S. SO. EASY.

Often, when we have unexpected visitors or I need to bring a dessert to some function, I’ll whip up a batch of these brownies. I have some in the oven as we speak read/write. It took me five minutes to mix them up and stick them in the oven so they’ll be ready when our unexpected guest arrives (see post below). I believe these are the same brownies that my dad said could win an award and he doesn’t just throw compliments around.
Michele’s American Brownies

2 cups sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

2/3 c. oil (olive, vegetable, anything but engine)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 c flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Mix it all up in a big bowl. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Put into a hot oven (350F or 180C) and bake 28-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Do NOT overbake. I prefer mine chewy, so I go for the 28 minutes. If you cook them too long they get a cake texture, which is okay, but they’re not as nice the next day.

ENJOY!

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12th February 2007

unexpected hospitality

At 5:15 pm, just as we were sitting down to dinner, we received a phone call from a friend that lives in Wellington, which for those of you who care, is an 8 hour drive from here. He was at the local university for a conference and found himself with a free evening and wanted to know if we were available. We haven’t seen him in over a year and never know when we’ll see him again, so of course we were available! My first thought wasn’t - oh no, I look a mess; oh no, what will we give him to eat?; or, oh no, the house is a pit. My first thought, which went straight from my head to my mouth, was “So do you have a car? We can come and get you.”

I think this is an important part of genuine hospitality. It’s not about what the house looks like or what kind of coffee you’re serving, but about being available when the opportunity arises. It’s kind of like evangelism, really. We need to be ready to give an answer when we’re asked. In this case, when someone rings up (or just stops by) our first thought should be how we can serve them, rather than what an inconvenience it might be.

So my husband and oldest daughter have driven the 15 minutes to the university and are bringing him back even as I write. I really should clean up from dinner, but I couldn’t let a good writing moment go by. So the house won’t be perfect, I won’t be perfect, but it doesn’t matter. Our friendship is genuine and that’s what counts.

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