Monthly Archives: May 2013

Spring, with a whisper of summer, via brownies

Admittedly not my most original baking post as I made brownies, again.

In my defence, it’s a different brownie recipe, and one I made without the convenience of my scales or measuring spoons. I was over at my best friend’s flat and she doesn’t own scales, measuring cups or spoons. It’s amazing how dependent I’ve become on my baking equipment, when only a few years ago I didn’t even know that measuring spoons existed.

So I stepped into her kitchen and asked for the scales. Scales? What scales? Fortunately her flatmate owned a measuring jug. Then it was on to Google to find out the equivalent of a cup to mls on the jug. I have a funny feeling that the quantities I ended up with may not have been exactly what the original recipe called for, but the end result was still delicious.

This time the only change I made to the original recipe (apart from my suspect measuring devices) was to add about 50-60 g of dark chocolate chips to the brownie mix. Other than that the recipe is exactly as Deb, of Smitten Kitchen  posted it, here.

I used the melting in the microwave method as I didn’t really feel like setting up the water bath. It came out fine, as the following pictures can attest. Continue reading Spring, with a whisper of summer, via brownies


Vanilla Twilight

Vanilla Twilight

Owl City has a lovely, lovely song called Vanilla Twilight. It’s a simple song, with a simple melody but everytime I hear it, I positively swoon. I suppose it’s just the deeply buried romantic in me clawing to get out.
The line that made me sit up and notice this was “…the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly.” Isn’t the imagery just beautiful?
The photo I’ve used is one I took of the Lakeside Park just by Nottingham University, where the tree branches conveniently shaped themselves into a heart shape.
Yes, it’s official, I am a soppy romantic.