Do you ever enter competitions?  My mum went through a phase of entering every competition going, often asking us kids to help with the tie-breakers.  Usually something along the lines of “Mr Kipling’s Cakes are…..” fill in the blanks…  I have a lovely coffee service that my mum won from Maxwell House in the 1970s…  

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I’ve been having some success with competitions lately.  I’ve won a few things, not the lottery unfortunately.  But I did win some fabulous Polka Pants!

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Those readers who are foodies and live in the UK will no doubt be avid readers of the Guardian Cook supplement which comes out every Saturday.  It’s brilliant.  

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Well a couple of months ago I spotted a tiny mention of a competition to win some Polka Pants, which are, and I quote: “tailored chef trousers for women designed for service and style”.  A tweet was all that was required and here’s what I sent:

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and I won a pair!  Huzzah!  So I promised to take a photo of me posing in them, pretending to be Katherine Hepburn, so here I am with a batch of brownies made to her recipe.

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Much has been written online about Katherine’s recipe for brownies.  It is probably the most shared movie star recipe of all.  But I have to admit that I have not had great success with them.  This time I think the problem was my pan.  Too big and thus, my brownies were very thin.  BUT, I think I looked very chic when I was making them as I was wearing my POLKA PANTS. 

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Here’s a link to Bee Wilson’s lovely article about Katharine’s Brownies – the recipe is almost at the very bottom of the article.

Thanks for your recipe Katharine, and thanks for the Polka Pants Maxine!

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