Brownies recipe

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When I and 11 of my best friends (and two babies) met for a sleepover a couple of weeks back, we mostly did three things: talk, cook, and eat. We made some brownies for dessert, but most of my crazy friends were busy talking themselves hoarse when I was mixing it up, (and there wasn't space for all of us in the kitchen), so after we all went home, some of them asked me to put together a video tutorial.

Here it is:


Make These Brownies Now from Nabeelah on Vimeo.

Recipe notes:
  1. This recipe is for a half-batch. I used a 7-inch square pan to bake it in.
  2. The original recipe calls for (white) caster sugar, but I substituted it with brown sugar, and I think it results in a chewier brownie.
  3. Also, you don't have to brown the butter. Melting it is enough, but I like the nuttiness of browned butter. Because I don't like dairy-tasting food, I think it's genius how browning takes out some of the buttery-milky taste of butter while retaining all the fat required for the recipe.
  4. You can add chopped nuts if you like. And chocolate chunks, though the brownie is rich enough without.
Enjoy making them, share them around, but eat brownies sparely. Overeating is real. Diabetes is real.

London, postscript

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Alhamdulillah, I've officially been awarded the MA Jewish History by UCL.
It has been a rich, rich year. I am now back in Malaysia, trying to make myself useful.
As much as I love Jewish history and academic life (so far), it still isn't easy to explain my plans for the future to people without including the decades-long back [hi]story of [insert subject of my research proposal].

The plan, in a nutshell, is to start PhD in October 2015, and until then work for experience and money.
Will I get an offer/offers from the unis I applied to? There is no telling. I leave it to Allah.

Anyhow, my year at UCL and in London was well worth the student loan that I have in my name now.

Instead of words, here's a spotty photo-summary of my London experience:
I'll grade each scene/place for regularity of doing/visiting,
on a scale of 1 (only when friends from outside London come and I have to be a tourist guide. And let's face it, during these times I too was a tourist) to 5 (all the time).

 Malet Place, UCL. 
Foster Court (where the Hebrew and Jewish Studies department is) is that building on the right.
How often I go here: 5, especially during the first two terms when I had classes to attend.

 The UCL Main Quad, very prospectus-y.
How often: 5, to access the main library although I can also do that from Malet Place.

 
 Oxford Street from the 390 bus (which I sometimes take to get home from UCL).
How often: not at all, if I can help it. But 3, for the occasional shopping, and because I sometimes ride through it when I don't want to spend the journey home underground.

 That crazy street on crazy sale day--Boxing Day. This was around 7am.

 
The Thames, from one of the bridges.
How often? 1, when Mizah came to visit and Adam took us for a walk around his part of London.

A battleship on the Thames, from a boat.
How often: 1, when Mizah visited.

Thomson Reuters building, Canary Wharf.
That red train is the DLR. Malaysians, that's like the London monorail.
How often: 1. What would we have seen of London without Mizah's visit?!

Somewhere in Shoreditch.
How often: 2. I quite like this area, but it's in the East (our flat was west-ish) and if I didn't have any *reason* to go, I didn't.

The Shoreditch hedgehog.

The very lovely Somerset House courtyard.
How often? 2, although if I knew about this place sooner, it would've been 4.

The set of George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance at the Tabard Theatre.
I've only been to this theatre once, and to three other plays elsewhere, all of them very good.
I've never been to a West End performance, but I probably would prefer the smaller productions.
So, 2.5 for plays.

Hyde Park, winter 2013.
How often: 3.
I mostly come here to think, eat on a bench (and watch people watch me eating on a bench), and watch dogs. If I feel like I need to think in a park that isn't too close to home, I go to Regent's Park.

Canary Wharf is so shiny. The Jubilee line, too.
 How often: 1 (Mizah came).

 All very picturesque, but I also spent a lot of time working on my essays at home:

Watching neighbours' windows.
How often: 5. I mean 5 for being home.

And at the libraries. UCL Main, UCL Science (very rarely, only if I need books from Geography or Anthropology), Senate House, SOAS, the British Library.

Senate House library, History level 4.
How often: 5.

And 3 for grocery shopping, but I have no photo for that.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Brownies recipe

When I and 11 of my best friends (and two babies) met for a sleepover a couple of weeks back, we mostly did three things: talk, cook, and eat. We made some brownies for dessert, but most of my crazy friends were busy talking themselves hoarse when I was mixing it up, (and there wasn't space for all of us in the kitchen), so after we all went home, some of them asked me to put together a video tutorial.

Here it is:


Make These Brownies Now from Nabeelah on Vimeo.

Recipe notes:
  1. This recipe is for a half-batch. I used a 7-inch square pan to bake it in.
  2. The original recipe calls for (white) caster sugar, but I substituted it with brown sugar, and I think it results in a chewier brownie.
  3. Also, you don't have to brown the butter. Melting it is enough, but I like the nuttiness of browned butter. Because I don't like dairy-tasting food, I think it's genius how browning takes out some of the buttery-milky taste of butter while retaining all the fat required for the recipe.
  4. You can add chopped nuts if you like. And chocolate chunks, though the brownie is rich enough without.
Enjoy making them, share them around, but eat brownies sparely. Overeating is real. Diabetes is real.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

London, postscript

Alhamdulillah, I've officially been awarded the MA Jewish History by UCL.
It has been a rich, rich year. I am now back in Malaysia, trying to make myself useful.
As much as I love Jewish history and academic life (so far), it still isn't easy to explain my plans for the future to people without including the decades-long back [hi]story of [insert subject of my research proposal].

The plan, in a nutshell, is to start PhD in October 2015, and until then work for experience and money.
Will I get an offer/offers from the unis I applied to? There is no telling. I leave it to Allah.

Anyhow, my year at UCL and in London was well worth the student loan that I have in my name now.

Instead of words, here's a spotty photo-summary of my London experience:
I'll grade each scene/place for regularity of doing/visiting,
on a scale of 1 (only when friends from outside London come and I have to be a tourist guide. And let's face it, during these times I too was a tourist) to 5 (all the time).

 Malet Place, UCL. 
Foster Court (where the Hebrew and Jewish Studies department is) is that building on the right.
How often I go here: 5, especially during the first two terms when I had classes to attend.

 The UCL Main Quad, very prospectus-y.
How often: 5, to access the main library although I can also do that from Malet Place.

 
 Oxford Street from the 390 bus (which I sometimes take to get home from UCL).
How often: not at all, if I can help it. But 3, for the occasional shopping, and because I sometimes ride through it when I don't want to spend the journey home underground.

 That crazy street on crazy sale day--Boxing Day. This was around 7am.

 
The Thames, from one of the bridges.
How often? 1, when Mizah came to visit and Adam took us for a walk around his part of London.

A battleship on the Thames, from a boat.
How often: 1, when Mizah visited.

Thomson Reuters building, Canary Wharf.
That red train is the DLR. Malaysians, that's like the London monorail.
How often: 1. What would we have seen of London without Mizah's visit?!

Somewhere in Shoreditch.
How often: 2. I quite like this area, but it's in the East (our flat was west-ish) and if I didn't have any *reason* to go, I didn't.

The Shoreditch hedgehog.

The very lovely Somerset House courtyard.
How often? 2, although if I knew about this place sooner, it would've been 4.

The set of George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance at the Tabard Theatre.
I've only been to this theatre once, and to three other plays elsewhere, all of them very good.
I've never been to a West End performance, but I probably would prefer the smaller productions.
So, 2.5 for plays.

Hyde Park, winter 2013.
How often: 3.
I mostly come here to think, eat on a bench (and watch people watch me eating on a bench), and watch dogs. If I feel like I need to think in a park that isn't too close to home, I go to Regent's Park.

Canary Wharf is so shiny. The Jubilee line, too.
 How often: 1 (Mizah came).

 All very picturesque, but I also spent a lot of time working on my essays at home:

Watching neighbours' windows.
How often: 5. I mean 5 for being home.

And at the libraries. UCL Main, UCL Science (very rarely, only if I need books from Geography or Anthropology), Senate House, SOAS, the British Library.

Senate House library, History level 4.
How often: 5.

And 3 for grocery shopping, but I have no photo for that.