I was sitting at the dentist's last week reading a lifestyle magazine. It was an article about Victoria Beckham and her fashion anguishes. After I put down the magazine I had to smirk! Why go through that hell I thought - just to set a trend and get a few shots in a magazine? After seeing a picture of her feet I shivered!
So, with the article in mind, I found your comments on my high heels yesterday very amusing. To set the record straight - these heels are not my everyday shoes. While I do love high heels, I know that the practicability of wearing such shoes, taming a wild seven year old and managing my day to day chores just does not work.
I remember an episode of Sex and the City, where Carrie is walking her boyfriend's dog - yes in heels as high as these. Well the dog runs off and she literally dashes off after him in those heels - and yes she looked good doing it too. I was bewildered for the whole week. And no, I won't be going jogging in those heels.
Coming back to Vic B. I tip my hat to her for going through all the pain and hassle simply to set a trend. It's incredible she can live through the day wearing the stilts she does and still smile for the cameras. It takes a very disciplined person to go through the daily ritual described in the article. And I guess only Vic can spend half a million dollars in one day on 20 pairs of shoes and other fashion items! Totally out!
But are the pains and troubles she goes through really appreciated?
To what extent would you go to to set a trend? Are you even bothered to be a trend-setter? And what pains would you take to be stylish? Are you a fashion victim?
I think it's not a secret around here that I love shoes and bags. I might not be a trend-setter and I do not follow each trend but still think of my style as chic. It's me. I fee comfortable with it and THAT in my opinion is the factor that needs to be considered. The heels - well they are a part of my collection now and I will wear them on a few special occasions knowing one thing - that for a day I can pretend to be a trend-setter!
These brownies are fully in trend with fruity cranberry and nutty pistachios all wrapped in rich chocolate brownie cake with a slight hint of cardamom.
Cranberry Pistachio Brownies
Printable version of recipe here
300g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
200g + more butter, cut into cubes
250g muscovado sugar
200g all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
80g dried cranberries
icing sugar, for dusting optional
- Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees C. Butter and line a baking pan approx 20 x 20 cm.
- In a saucepan, gently heat chocolate, sugar, butter and milk stirring frequently until mixture has melted. Allow to cool.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure each one has been incorporated well. Then fold in the flour, cardamom and cranberries.
- Spread half of the chocolate mixture into the pan then scatter the pistachios, finally pour the rest of the mixture over the top and smooth.
- Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm. If using dust with icing sugar.
The Food Guide tips:
- Antioxidant powerhouses – cranberries
- Selecting and storing pistachios
- Versatile cardamom
These are wonderfully moist treats, with a tangy tartness from the cranberries and a gorgeous crunch from the pistachios with a comforting glow from the cardamom. To be honest Soeren, Tom and I had to fight for our fair share because they tasted so good. Not too sweet and very much in style!
You might like these brownies ideas from WFLH:
|Chocolate Raspberry and Peach Brownies||Chocolate Mocha Brownies||Classic Brownies|
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