Fifty Shades of Grey

In search for that captivating summer read, Richard and Judy’s Book Club is often where I start, but with the growing almost underground popularity of British author E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey was the first on list to get stuck into.

The explicit content and erotic storyline has lead most to read book in secret, but the increased interest in the first instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, has encouraged more to openly talk about the hidden world of BDSM.

Set in Seattle, it follows a newly graduate college student Anastasia Steale, who experiences an awkward interview with a handsome, young successful business man Christian Grey, that she thought would never lead to a second meeting. The pair embarks on an enchanting relationship testing each other’s limits, exposing secrets and naivety to the sensual scenes.

The passionate descriptive prose is broken up by email-structured conversations between the lead characters, as their journey into a dangerous connection, makes this page turning novel an instant best seller.

Its consequence books: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed promise to further explore the dark side of sexual tendencies.

Having long awaited the next Victoria Hislop novel, Richard and Judy’s Book Club summer reads present The Thread.

Both previous books The Island and The Return leaves me with high expectations for this Greek adventure into the countries untold past.

Lastly it was nice to see a very apt, Jubilee by Shelley Harris featured as a Jackie Magpie ‘Book By Its Cover’ in the 10 recommended reads. Find the rest of the Summer 2012 list here.

Super Sunday Edition #5

Being told its ‘Super Sunday’, due to the non-stop sports being shown throughout the day has lead me to decide, maybe the best place for me is in the kitchen.

Mumma Higgins Cake Stand

Having raided my Mum’s cookery book, in search for her secret brownie recipe! My only bargaining tool was a strategic trade with ingredients to my Yorkshire pudding mixture (Oh how I love Mum’s fascination with me living in the North) so here it is American Chocolaty Goodness … I’m sure she won’t mind!

And it’s all in the spirit of the Super Bowl, of course.

Mumma’s Homemade Brownie Recipe

This is so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t made millions instead of Betty Crocker…

  • 175g Melted Butter
  • 175g Brown Sugar
  • 75g Cocoa Powder
  • 75g Self-raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Sneaky bar of white chocolate, half to eat half for chunks

All in together beat until all combined and smooth looking, bake for 20mins in the oven at 180c

No need for baking paper a touch of butter on your tray will do the trick.

Chill to room temperature and cut to biteable portions.

With all this baking I think a pizza order is on the cards, well that is the best way to enjoy living the American Dream.