Friday, March 9

Crunchy Chocolate Brownies

This is a recipe I found in my Be-Ro Home Recipes book. I made it as it looked similar to something I used to have at school. Turns out to be slightly different but still delicious. And so simple!


Ingredients:
225g margarine
150g caster sugar
75g desiccated coconut
75g crushed cornflakes
150g self raising flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
100g melted chocolate (optional)

  • Melt the margarine over a low heat.
  • Stir in the sugar, coconut, crushed cornflakes, cocoa powder and flour. Mix in well.
  • Put into a tin and flatten out with a wooden spoon. The tin I used was about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Once flattened out it should be around 1-2cm in thickness.
  • Pop in the oven at 180degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Take out and leave to cool for a while before cutting into squares.
  • If you want, melt the chocolate and use to cover. I didn't cover it completely, just drizzled it over as you can probably see in the photo.

Notes:
Yes I'm wearing a tiger onesie in that photo. Don't judge me. 

Monday, March 5

Flarf!

Last week in my poetry lecture we looked at flarf poetry. One method used to create flarf poetry involves choosing a couple of unrelated words and sticking them in a search engine. Using the links displayed and the small samples you're shown underneath, you can pick and choose from words and phrases and build up a poem.
The results are daft and not necessarily great poetry with deep meaning. But the best part about it? It's fun! Choose the right words and you can be given a brilliant selection of quotes and phrases. If you work well with them then you can create a poem that shows that fun and that silliness. It can feel a little useless. Writing a poem with no strong sense behind it and so much disjunction, it can feel like a waste of time. But what's wrong with enjoying your writing? It doesn't have to result in a perfect piece, does it?
It's also good for shaking off the writers block. Experience a little freedom before having to tackle a task you think is more serious.

I played with flarf earlier, using the words Gauntlet and Hither in Google. I spent about 10 minutes with the first page of search results and this is what I came up with. You should pick your own words and have a go. Or use the same and see if you can come up with something better. Go on. It's fun.

Gauntlet Hither
My younger daughter, Fortune Hunter,
Didn't think Mace or Yoda dare pick it up.

Sauntering  Fortune Hunter, elbow length
fingerless mitts.
Gauntlets, velvet gauntlets.
Idiotic Fortune Hunter, destroyed
by another missile.

Start a combo - Fortune Hunter, the Gothlet, Darth Traya.
In their holiday finest they throw the gauntlet
in your face.
With a tightly clenched fist this time.
Dare to pick it up.

Thursday, March 1

Best way to Blog?

When I first started writing this blog, I thought it was best to make sure things weren't too personal. I didn't want to shout about my personal life and repeatedly talk about where I live and where I'm at uni.
But is this really the best way to blog?
Recently I've been thinking that to write a successful blog, to get a loyal band of followers who feel they know you, you surely have to let the personal stuff seep out. It's no doubt the stuff that makes you seem more interesting and more human. Showing your human side can only be a good thing, can't it?
And so in future blog posts that's just what I'm going to do. Be more honest and open and discuss things I'm doing and what's going on in my life. It might make anyone who reads this feel they can relate to me and like they may want to come back in the future and read more.