Spies and Brownies

“Oh hi, you came.”
“Just for a second, to bring over brownies and welcome you to the neighbourhood.”

Have you guys heard about the tv show ‘The Americans’? I came upon it by accident a week or so ago and ever since then I can hardly think of anything else. Its first season came out in 2013 and so far there are 3 seasons of this show. I think season 4 is supposed to come out this year too…

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it yet and might want to watch it so I won’t give too much away… It’s basically about two Russian KGB spies that are integrated into the American society during the Cold War. The two spies, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, are leading double lives – on the one hand they’re pretending to be an ordinary American family (they’re married and they have two kids) but on the other hand they’re juggling their responsibilities as informants. It’s hard already as it is but matters are further complicated when an FBI agent moves into the neighbourhood.

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The acting is wonderful, the plot is intense and Philip (Matthew Rhys) is an absolute cutie. The style – clothes, music and the like – are also on point. It’s a tv show that is well worth a watch so if you’ve got nothing to do this evening, make yourself a cup of tea, pop yourself some popcorn and settle in for a cozy adventure with ‘The Americans’.

 

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Brownies

brownies2brownies3Today felt like the perfect day to make brownies. It was gloomy and cold and when the smell of chocolate filled my kitchen I thought I was in heaven. These brownies were devoured almost instantly – I could not recommend them enough (:

  • 55 grams butter
  • 200 grams chocolate
  • 175 grams brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 85 grams white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 70 grams walnuts, chopped roughly
  1. Put the chocolate and butter in a saucepan and stir until melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. Put the sugar and eggs in a bowl and cream them together until light and fluffy. Pour the melted chocolate and mix well. Sift in the flour and soda and put the chopped walnuts in, once again mixing the batter well.
  3. Grease a medium sized (20cm) square cake tin with oil or butter and then pour in the batter. Bake in a preheated oven (180C) for 30 mins.
  4. Once done, cool in the tin for a few mins and then run a knife around the edges of the brownie to loosen it. Let it cool completely before taking it out and cutting into squares.

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Can you believe that a couple of months ago I had no idea what brownies were? But one bite was enough to make me a brownie fan for life.