• Music, Comics and Brownies

    Posted in Blog by Brooke Trout

    Well Brooke is hitting the ground running trying to make the best of her new start up in Montana. She just signed the lease on a beautiful two bedroom apartment in Kalispell. Not only does she get to have her own garden plot and a kitty cat, her nurse is also trying to hook her up with a scholarship for a gym membership. All good things! Brooke has also been witness to the existence of much wildlife no less than a mama black bear with three cubs, dozens of wild turkeys, a few gardener snakes, baby fawns as well as bucks and does.

    Gardening is definitely a new one for the Trout. So far she has peeled carrots, pared apples, cut zucchini, hulled strawberries, pitted cherries, picked huckleberries and raspberries. In return she has recieved carrot cake, zucchini brownies, apple pie, cherry pie, raspberry rhubarb pudding cake, huckleberry cheesecake, huckleberry milkshakes, huckleberry pancakes, angel food cake with strawberries, pound cake with strawberries and strawberry smoothies.

    One of the more unusual delights Brooke has recently consumed has been sorrel soup, a German delicacy that is citrus flavored in nature. Other items of consumption have included a variety of canned delights including homemade seriously juicy dill pickles, dill green beans and pickled beats. Also on the menu have been squash 100 ways; like zucchini bread with butter, fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta and mozarella, zucchini fritters with cheese sauce, zucchini soup with bacon and aforementioned zucchini brownies. Have you ever had one? Well now is your chance!

    Zucchini Brownies
    1 1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup oil
    1 egg
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    2 cups flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 cup cocoa
    2 cups grated zuchinni
    1/2 cup nuts (optional)
    1/2 cup chocolate chips

    Grease and flour a 9X13 pan. Mix all ingredients and put in this pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

    PS: Brooke’s personal secret for any time she makes a dessert is to reduce the sugar by half and then split the remainder half and half with brown sugar which she feel gives it more depth of flavor and is somewhat healthier too. So for this recipe Brooke would round it out and use roughly 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup regular sugar. Also for this recipe you could use whatever type of chocolate chip you like but Trout’s preference is dark!

    The end result of this recipe is a cake like brownie that is extremely moist. Brooke has recieved nothing but rave reviews for these brownies at any potluck she has brought them to. Enjoy!! 🙂

    This month Brooke has written three pieces including another album review for Hunnypot Radio on the forthcoming release from the Seattle based group Sky Cries Mary. To directly quote co-founder Roderick James Wolgamott himself: “Incredible review! Guys. Read it” Here: https://www.hunnypotunlimited.com/hunnypot-does/item/2735-sky-cries-mary-thieves-and-sirens-album-review

    Check out Brooke’s live review of the band Ninefinger in the latest edition of Music Connection available online at http://musicconnection.com/magazine/current-digital and appearing on page 52. And if you’re looking to read more of Brooke’s work for Music Connection check out her archive at http://www.musicconnection.com/author/brooke-trout/

    Last but not least is Brooke’s true labor of love, her continuing new series Movie vs Comic. This month’s edition has been a comparison of Watchmen the graphic novel to Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut for Showsotros.com at: https://comicbooksotros.showsotros.com/talk-about-comics/movie-vs-comic-watchmen Stay tuned for next month’s edition which will be a focus on The Crow!

    One last update on the music front, Brooke’s song Hades and Persephone from her sophomore album Networth is being recorded by techno artist El Erion in a few months! Check out the original track on Amazon.com as heard on WFDU 89.1 FM, Teaneck, NJ where Brooke Trout happens to be the state fish!

    If you are still keeping up Brooke is also revisiting her college years in her zine “Hooked” in a Tumblr retrospective at http://retrohooked.tumblr.com/! We’re almost to the end of the run with 96 issues!

    Brooke is an official part of The Soupy Gato Family so wants to spread the word that if you are a band that fits any of the following requirements: Liechtenstein Traditional of any country Folk Pagan Metal Meditate cool-crazy-weird (just have good sound) Make submissions to: For Mp3’s : soupygato [at] gmail [dot] com For CD’s send via snail mail to: Daniel J Harris Kesselloop 25 4813NS Breda The Netherlands

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