Chocolate Brownie Recipe, Guaranteed To Attract Hedgehogs Into Your Garden
My Grandchildren love these Chocolate Brownie cookies as well:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup S.R.flour
5 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
2 free-range eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts or peanut butter
Melt the butter a little and add the sugar and cocoa powder.
Add the eggs, peanuts or peanut butter, and vanilla – stir in well.
Add the eggs and vanilla – stir in well.
Add the flour and cornmeal.
Grease an oven tray with butter or oil.
Make balls of the dough, and flatten out with fingers or a fork on the tray. You may need to sprinkle some cornmeal or flour over the dough so that the dough does not stick to your fingers when you form the balls.
Bake at 180 degrees C for around 10 minutes. Turn down the oven after about 5 minutes so they do not burn. You can tell when they are cooked, as the most delicious cookie aroma will permeate the air when they are ready.
When you bring out the tray, slide a fish slice or spatula under each cookie, and put on a wire tray to cool.
Once properly cooled, you can put them into a glass jar with screwtop lid, or an air-tight plastic container.
Hedgehogs Are Endangered In New Zealand
Hedgehogs are a wonderful asset to any garden, in my opinion. They eat all the slugs and snails which would otherwise eat your vegetables and delicate flowers.
In the United Kingdom, environmentalists are working to save the hedgehog, whose forraging areas are rapidly being depleted, with people culling out gardens and having walls built around their properties which do not allow hedgehogs to visit. The poor hedgehog is having a rough time of it, with fewer good places to live and forage for food.
In the UK, the protectors of hedgehogs are encouraging people to grow hedges, and make little holes in walls and fences where hedgehogs can enter into the garden.
I am sure the UK people will be promoting organic gardening without the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides which have the potential to kill or sicken hedgehogs, birds, cats and dogs. Snail and slug poison is especially bad for hedgehogs, and birds too.
I heard a radio announcer talking on Radio NZ recently, who said that hedgehogs were NOT friends of ours, because of their threat to NZ wildlife, and especially to the Kiwi, the highly prized national icon. A ridiculous and short-sighted view, I think.
It has been decided by MAF in New Zealand that hedghogs, as well as cats and dogs, present a threat to Kiwi. Because they might eat the odd Kiwi egg, it has been decided to kill every hedgehog in New Zealand.
Then the discussion on hedgehogs in New Zealand drew in a scientist/researcher from Massey University, who said that DOGS are the biggest threat of all to Kiwi in New Zealand. Do we want to kill dogs because of their threat to wildlife?
MAF are not interested in destroying every dog in New Zealand, though dogs be the biggest threat to Kiwi, but they want to destroy every living hedgehog. It just does not make sense.
Well, I have been looking after the hedgehogs in my area for a while now. I have discovered their very favourite food: Chocolate Brownies. They can smell the rich chocolate of my chocolate brownies from way down the road, which literally gets them running towards my place, and the big fry-pan which I put their food into.
See Merrilyn’s song ‘Marianne, Let Us Be’ on Youtube: