The WKND

It is going to be hot and sunny this Bank Holiday in the UK, which means we are likely to spend it outside frolicking in the long awaited sunshine, and on a Bank Holiday of all days; shining, shining, shining, shining yeah… all this winning!

If you are staying indoors, well then, you are doing these two things; baking my awesome brownies.

Ingredients

  • 8 Lindt dark chocolate truffle balls
  • 20 Lindt milk chocolate truffle balls
  • 8 ferreo rocher balls
  • 250g unsalted Lurpak butter
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 60g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder

Step 1: pre-heat the oven @ 180 degrees

Step 2: melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave- this is the easier option or if you want to do it the other way, because therapeutic, melt it in an aluminum bowl, over a pot of boiling water, be careful not to let the bowl touch the water. Melt it until its a nice blended brown. Once melted, put to one side

Step 3: mix together your dry ingredients; sift the flour, pour in the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

Step 4: cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Break in the egg one after the other and mix.

Step 5: Fold in the melted chocolate in the batter, pour in your dry ingredients. Mix well until it is well combined.

Step 6: tip carefully into your square baking pan.

Step 7: bake for 25 minutes.

The thing about brownies, they are not meant to be baked all the way through, it should be moist in the centre and firm on the outside. I learned this the hard way and sometimes, it still is too firm so when you think its not done. take it out and let it cool down. A half hour should be good enough time to square it up and transfer it to your serving plate or just eat it from the baking pan.

And we are watching one of my favourite movies; COCO

I am late, late, late y’all into this movie. I was hesitant because I love, love, LOVE Moana and I LOVE The Book of Life, and I am not a huge cartoon watcher, I only have room in my life for a handful; Lion King being my all time favourite cartoon- it is still the best ever cartoon. Please don’t @ me, take your beef elsewhere, we have nothing to discuss here. But Coco… oh I was not prepared to be in love with this movie. I hesitated watching it because I thought it would affect the way I felt about the Book of Life, reduce my love for it… and it did, but I ain’t mad at that because Coco is a goddamn great cartoon. My Mexican friends watched it and they corroborates this statement. It gets everything right about the culture of Mexico and El Dia de los Muertos. You see, these cartoons are important, too important especially to kids of today, growing up in a world where the norms are white and whatewashed truths are prevalent. It acknowledges the other cultures of the world, us brown and black children who did not have this growing up, seeing our childhood represented on the global stage, where the coloniser’s narrative is not the default. If you have not watched Coco, you ought to. With milk and brownies or an adult beverage like whisky laced hot chocolate and brownies.

Whether you’re spending the day in the park or your back yard, be sure to make it a good one worth remembering.