I set up at a craft fair this weekend and next to me was a local part time business by 2 ladies making cakes called Sugar and Spice. Both were mums used to baking for little ones and their cakes certainly had the youngsters flocking around their stall. One of their best sellers was a delicious, fudgy chocolate brownie. Unknown to most who ate it (at least until they had finished) was the fact that they were made with beetroot. A delicious way to get a very virtuous but almost universally hated veg into little ones (and grown ups come to that). They can also be made with grated courgette if you have a glut of those. Courgettes do need all the juice squeezed out of them first though - apparently wrapping in a clean dish towel and wringing them out is the easiest way but I haven't tried that yet - all my courgettes are finished. They died off early due to the summer drought I think.
They very kindly shared their recipe
250g dark cooking chocolate
250g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
250g cooked beetroot grated (or grated raw courgette with excess juice squeezed out)
Melt chocolate and butter together. Add eggs and sugar. Mix
Gently add beetroot and flour, stirring just enough to combine. (You can add chopped nuts and or raisins if you like at this stage)
Pour into a 20cm square tin and bake for 20mins at 180C.
On the work side I have been sewing like a demon, trying to build up some stock after a couple of large orders. My efforts were thwarted by a couple of desperate Mums phoning with very last minute requests for bespoke bags for next day delivery. I love a challenge so of course said yes. The only problem is, when I am sewing like a mad women my workroom very quickly looks a bombsite as I throw what I have been working on to one side to make room for the new top priority project. One of the fabrics I was sewing was finer than much of my usual stock, and as the pieces started to pucker and catch I realised my machine needle was completely worn blunt. I didn't remember to change that in my big sewing machine TLC session last week did I. Now I had better get on with some tidying up.