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Joan Collins, Stephen Fry, Richard Branson and Me!

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 06th Jul 2010 11:55

Able to CookOK so its an unlikely quartet, but we are all contributors to a wonderful new cookbook called ‘Able to Cook’. Its packed full of recipes from celebrities, businesses and norfolk residents, and has been masterminded by Angela Gifford of Able Community Care to mark their 30th Anniversary.

Angela is one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in Norfolk having founded Able Community Care in 1980.  It provides live-in care across the UK.  It is a fabulous business which allows people who need 24 hour care to stay in their own homes, surrounded by their own communities and surrounded by their own objects and memories – Angela and her team allow this happen.

Able to Cook will raise funded for Age UK Norfolk and Connects & Co.  When I was asked for a recipe I was only too happy to donate one of my favourites – Julie’s Chocolate Brownies!  The recipe as followsJulies Brownies



345g Caster Sugar

80g Cocoa Powder

60g Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

4 Eggs

200g Chocolate Drops

200g Butter

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence

METHOD: Mix all the dry ingredients together [except the chocolate drops]. Then add all the wet ingredients. Lastly add the chocolate drops.  Cook at 160C for 45mins – 1 hr until springy to the touch.  Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack.


If you would like to have a go at cooking Felicity Kendal’s Apple Walnut Cake, Nicholas Parson’s spiced Apple & Raisin Crumble, Wally Webb’s Marrow Provencale or Joanna Lumley’s Mexican Spiced Chocolate Ice Cream then you can order the book here.  It costs £8 including P&P which for such a lovely cook book is a bargain – especially given it is raising funds for two such worthy causes.

Well done Angela and your team – its a book to be proud of, and I was proud to play my little part!


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