Old stories reflected in modern day!

For this blog I will be talking about old stories still being relevant in todays climate!

During the practical lesson for social media, we were told find a story in a national geographic magazine from 2007. The story I personally found interesting was one titled wild- for how long?

 

Which discussed the people of Reykjavik having family-owned fishing businesses decline, because of pollution in the water created by oil companies which has led to protests by environmentalists.

This relates to modern day as currently in china pollution levels are at an all time high with the World Health Organisation saying that last year that 7 million people have died annually because of exposure to polluted air.

I feel these two stories relate as it shows that because of big businesses taking control peoples lives have now been changed for ever until the government take responsibility for the pollution levels created.

Anyways on to the BAKING side of the blog!!!

For the first week we decided to bake brownies as we felt it would be best to start off with something easy to make and would make for an interesting first video 🙂

Ingredients

  • 200 g quality milk chocolate 
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 75 g dried sour cherries , optional
  • 50 g chopped nuts , optional
  • 80 g quality cocoa powder
  • 65 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 360 g caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs

Recipe 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 24cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Snap the chocolate into a large bowl, add the butter and place over a pan of simmering water, until melted, stirring regularly. 
  3. Sift the cocoa powder and flour into a separate bowl, add the baking powder and sugar, then mix together.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture and stir together well. Beat the eggs, then mix in until you have a silky consistency.
  5. Pour the brownie mix into the baking tin, and place in the oven for around 25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out clean – the brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle.
  6. Allow to cool in the tray, then carefully transfer to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares. 

Taken from – https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/bloomin-brilliant-brownies/