I read Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner a few months ago. It was such a tear jerking, soul wrenching story, so far from the usual trash that I read (chick lit, Steig Larsson, The Twilight Saga! Eeek!), that it moved the emotionally stunted mountains within me. I don’t even know what it is, I mean it’s not like I relate to the protagonist, god my life is brilliant-cut 5-carat diamond compared to his, but you know a book has changed made a dent in your life when it makes you want to be a better person.
Or eat a brownie.
I don’t think it’s easy to become a better person. You’d need a good deal of humility knocked into you, substantially more than the heart strings pulled by a fictional story. Spending time in a war torn country, experiencing the loss of life, love and innocence first hand. The desperate need of children who don’t know where their next meal will come from, or their next hug. But even that’s not really the same is it, because at the end of the day we hop on a plane and we’re back in our lives, sheltered from the terror that is someone else’s reality.
Anyway to do my bit for Afghanistan (because I’m supporting an Afghan author who well, he moved to California 30 years ago but he’s still an Afghan!) I bought Khaled Hosseini’s next book A Thousand Splendid Suns a couple of weeks ago. It’s another doozy of a story, about life, loss, pain and endurance. I was just getting into the book when this thing called The Birthday rolled around and my friend Christine (sister of Karen Cheng) bought me The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.
GODAMMIT CHRISTINE (but how I love you!).
Guys, honestly, forget the New York Times Bestsellers list, you need not ever ever purchase another book. Because this one will make you want to change your life. It will make you want to be a better person. And it show you the way.
I’ve changed. I really have. I want to be a baker, I want to bake scrumptious everythings! And I started with the chocolate brownie.
|200grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175grams unsalted butter
325grams caster sugar (I know, that’s a lot)
130grams plain flour
Icing sugar to decorate
a 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
|Makes about 12 portions|