A short but important observation, currently highly relevant to my life: There is a LOT more to aerobics than meets the eye. To those who mock, know that behind the chirpy exterior of every good aerobics instructor lies an able choreographer; a supremely talented multi-tasker; and a master of coordination who can yell one instruction while thinking ahead to the next, and keep in time with the music, smiling all the way.
My point: this has been a tiring week (and its only Tuesday night) and half way through my Aerobics Instructor course, I am feeling very small. And un-coordinated. I hope that somehow in the next month or so I will be able to make the transformation to a smiling, shining, bouncy example of grace and coordination. Wish me luck. It is going to take a LOT of hard work, but I hope that those of you who know me can envisage me at the final destination.
In the meantime…forget aerobics, enjoy fine baking. Another recipe from the Cohen Family Bakery (my mother-in-law’s) – it fulfils my required check boxes: ‘Easy-to-Make’ and ‘Super-Yummy’. People usually ask for the recipe.
Enjoy these recipes while they last, because after learning just how unhealthy margarine really is (thanks to a recent physiology lesson on the heart) from now on I am going to be seeking out baking recipes which use oil instead.
PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL BARS
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100 gr chocolate bar, broken into chunks (or chocolate chips)
1. Combine peanut butter, butter/margarine, brown sugar and sugar and beat until creamy.
2. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla essence.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Blend dry mixture into peanut butter mixture.
5. Spread into greased, 13 x9 inch pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips/chunks
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
7. Marbelize (take a knife and draw squiggly motions across surface).
8. Bake 20 minutes more.
9. Cut while warm.
After a bit of eating….