The new TV series I'm obsessed with: BBC One's Silk. Love Maxine Peake as the genius barrister who turns things around last minute in the most unexpected ways! Too bad it is only a six-part mini series.
I don't usually share my recipes. I don't know why, I guess it's an ego thing. But this recipe will definetely blow your mind, and it would be a pity if I didn't share it with you. I got it from Food Network which I absolutely love, and each time I've made them, they have been particularly successful. Enjoy and let me know what the results are if you do make them. :)
Ingredients: (the recipe says it is for 12 muffins, but I usually end up with 15 or 16)
115g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole, 2 percent fat, or 1 percent fat milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease a muffin tin or line the cups with paper liners. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter until smooth. Add 1 cup of the sugar and mix. Add the eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt and mix. In a shallow bowl, mash 3/4 cup of the blueberries with the back of a fork. Add to the batter and mix. With the mixer running at low speed, add 1/2 of the flour, then 1/2 of the milk, and mix. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Fold in the remaining 1 3/4 cups whole blueberries by hand until well mixed. In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon. Use an ice-cream scoop or large spoon to fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar over the muffins (don't overdo it with the cinnamon or they will become bitter) and bake until golden brown and risen, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan at least 30 minutes before turning out.
A few days ago, when news broke out of John Galliano making anti-semitic comments, harassing a Jewish couple in a bar in Paris and publicly announcing that he loved Hitler, I was scandalized. And disgusted. And naturally satisfied when Dior suspended and then sacked him altogether.
Fast forward to this morning. I'm beginning to read the Sunday Times when my eyes fall on a small, but groundbreaking paragraph. On page 17, under the title 'Paris Fascist Week', it is claimed that Christian Dior himself did dress Nazi officials during their stay in Paris, Coco Chanel took advantage of the anti-Jewish laws in order to takeover her company, and Hugo Boss was an 'enthusiastic' member of the Nazi Party and a fan of the SS.
And the fashion industry thought Galliano was the problem.
PS: Of course, it is not my intention to question the above designers' abilities and influence in the fashion industry. Far from it. Widely admired, they are/were geniuses in what they did. But that's where I draw the line, because as it seems, they had in talent what they lacked in ethics.