``Come, Darcy,'' said he, ``I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. You had much better dance.''
``I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this, it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with.''
``I would not be so fastidious as you are,'' cried Bingley, ``for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.''
``You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room,'' said Mr. Darcy, looking at the eldest Miss Bennet.
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen (1818)
I 'm also linking this recipe to the blog hop event Cook Like A Star (March 2012) organized by Bake for Happy Kids
Sticky Date Pudding
Ingredients: serves 6
1 ½ cup chopped dates
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
100g butter, chopped
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup self-raising flour
150g butter, chopped
1 cup liquid cream
1 ½ cup brown sugar
2) Place dates, water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl & allow to stand for 5 minutes.
3) Place the date mixture in food processor with butter & sugar . Blend or process till well combined.
4) Add in eggs , flour & blend till all combined. Pour into cake pan .
5) Bake for 30–35 minutes & let it to cool for 10 minutes. Cut into squares.
To make toffee sauce:
7) Place butter, cream and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and keep on stirring till the butter is fully melted. Bring to the boil till thickened slightly. Pour over puddings and top with a dollop of thick cream. HEAVENLY