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Thought for the Day


Chocolate chestnut fondant cake

So what has this got to do with massage?

Absolutely nothing, but it’s spot on for a bit of self-indulgence and me-time.

Easy to make AND gluten-free (seems to be an in word at the mo’) if you’re intolerant to wheat, great warm from the oven with vanilla ice-cream or just plain cream.


140g very dark chocolate (I used 74% cocoa, up to you how dark you want it)

70g butter

500g chestnut purée (this comes in a handy 500g tin – crème de marrons de l’Ardèche Clément Faugier – in France where I live, for 2.35€; you may have to buy a few packs of Merchant Gourmet’s rather expensive version in the UK)

3 eggs


Melt chocolate and butter together, add the chestnut purée and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.

Pour into a 20 cm tin, preferably loose-bottomed, and bake at 180°C for 20 minutes. (Last time I made it, I needed to leave it for 40 mins, don’t know what happened there, perhaps I used a different tin, so make sure it’s cooked on the top before you remove it from the oven. Don’t try a skewer in the middle ‘cos it’s a fondant cake and squidgy in the centre!)

Serve warm or cold with ice cream or cream.




Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

Be grateful

According to some experts, practising gratitude helps you see the good that’s in your life, and “through consistent practice you’ll feel happier”.

As a simple exercise, before you go to bed every night, write down 15 things that you’re grateful for.

15 sounds a lot.

Let’s try 5 to start with, and work up…

Let me know how you get on.

Oh, and thanks…for reading this!