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Flowers and scones: in the midst of summer

As I type right now, I look up occasionally and see the heavy raindrops pitter-pattering outside the doors leading to the garden. It’s a strange sort of rain – heavy, but not a proper downpour, and the sky has that weird quality of being almost overcast, but not quite. The sun’s managed to peek through a little so overall there’s a rather dreamy feel to it.

I’ll stop rambling on about the weather now, even though it was what originally inspired me to write this post. The past month or so has been filled with mostly glorious (read: sunny) weather, although I do draw the line at 30°C heat in a country that’s built around a climate that doesn’t usually stray over 20°C.

However, the upside of all that heat was lots of flower photos…
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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

Spring (and shortbread) madness

So spring has finally arrived. It seems as if everything and everyone is making the best of the warm(ish) weather, and I am no different. I’ve been for long walks and picnics in various parks and just generally chilled. For now, I just intend to make the most of my free time, so in addition to working my way through the library and making a few stabs at my own writing, I’ve also walked around the city sketching whatever catches my eye. Looking at my surroundings with an artist’s eye really does make a difference – so many things stood out that I previously did not notice.

I often have my head in the clouds, but I do want to share some pictures that I feel best sum up my wanderings over the past week:

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Happy Easter/Is it Spring yet?

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I just loved this flower arrangement when I saw it in my local pub last week. I haven’t used any filters – the colours really were that deep and rich. Thing is, I haven’t seen any flowers like these outside, alive in pots. It’s pretty much April – where is spring? I feel like we skipped straight through to winter again, given that we had a couple hot sunny days a few weeks ago. Oh well. I await the heatwave with bated breath.
On a more serious note, I just want to share another aspect of Easter with everyone: it’s not just chocolate eggs and bunnies. I celebrate Easter to remember Jesus Christ’s death and sacrifice to give me salvation from the sins I have and will commit. He then rose from the dead proving He is God.
So to me, Easter is all about a certain future – I may not know what job I’ll have in the next year, nor even which country I’ll be living in but one thing I know for sure is that God loves me and one day I will have eternal life with Him. In a world filled with uncertainties left, right and centre, this message gives me hope and peace. 
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
– John 11:25-26