Aeolistic


Greenwich spring time

I was in Greenwich last weekend and it was the perfect time to go for a chilled out afternoon. I wish I had some more exciting things to share, but I’ve been rather too busy recently. My friends are putting on a 1950s-themed fundraiser tonight, so you may get the rare treat of seeing a few photos from that! I’m still pondering the uncharted territory that is lipstick.



Brownie’s Honour

My friend Tara came over yesterday and we decided to bake chocolate brownies. No better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Warming the butter on the walk home!

We’re suckers for cute packaging.

Tara melting the chocolate and butter together!

Stirring the chocolate/butter/eggs/vanilla mix into the flour.

All mixed in!

Folding in the chopped up white chocolate.

Ready to go into the oven!

Voilà! Yummy chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks!

Ingredients

350g dark chocolate (we used 70% cocoa)

375g unsalted butter

1 tbsp vanilla extract

6 medium size eggs

350g sugar (although we substituted half of this with granulated sweetener)

1 tsp salt

225g plain flour

300g white chocolate, chopped up into small pieces

[we used 2 tins, measuring approximately 17cm x 22cm x 5cm]

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Line the baking pans with a small amount of butter. Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water (on low heat – make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water). In a large measuring jug or bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence together. Measure the flour and salt into another large bowl. When the chocolate and butter have melted into a smooth mixture, let them cool before stirring in the egg and sugar mix. Add the resultant mixture gradually into the flour until the mixture has a relatively thick and gooey consistency. Finally, mix in the white chocolate until evenly distributed. Spoon the mixture into the pans evenly and bake for about 25-30 minutes until the top is a slightly paler brown.



Calling off the jam

The London Rollergirls tonight (‘London Brawling’) was so much fun! The Texas Hustlers came over all the way from the US to compete and it was a tense and closely fought match. The atmosphere was so buzzing and the music playlist was fantastic – a mix of hair metal, Prince and 80s Madonna, resembling my old gym playlist. Nothing gets me more in the mood for FUQ YEAH EXERCISE or enthusiastic bopping on the spot.

Next baking project is chocolate brownies! Perfect Sunday afternoon activity.