Things had been pretty hectic over on my end, and I can only imagine it becoming busier with each week inching closer to the day. As of this moment, it is just weeks to go, but with the mister needing to serve the nation a week prior to the wedding, there are lots of loose strings awaiting to be tied within a shorter period of time. The past week or so had seen me playing the role of a postman, or a postlady if you so prefer, writing and sending out invites either through the mailbox, or personally. The best part about sending out invites;– that is, after conjuring what ever little memory you have of your guestlist and re-writing it for the second time after having had misplaced the first;– is receiving all the sincere reactions, along with the thrill of rekindling old ties and making new ones. It’s amazing how within the span of just a week, I’ve met up with old friends from my teenage years, caught up with a close partner-in-crime from my varsity days, as well as fixed a blind date of sorts with some of my dearest blog / Twitter friends whom I’ve never met prior to this. Along with some wedding shopping and final selection of outfits, you could say things had been very much happily hectic.
How did you two meet? How long have you been together? Where are you heading for your honeymoon? What will you be wearing on the big day? ;– those are just some of the many reactions I get from friends upon hearing the big news, amidst the smiles, hugs and congratulatory wishes. Whilst most of the questions were fairly run-off-the-mill, what really struck me was how everyone, or at the very least the ladies I’ve spoken to, appeared to have a specific idea of how a wedding should look like, should taste like, and should sound like. You can almost see it in their eyes that as they tear open the wedding invite, hearing you speak of your own wedding colours and arrangements, that they are picturing a glimpse of their very own, anticipating the sheer excitement of months of preparations. And it is these very small moments that serve as a reminder for me that a wedding, after all of its hard work and meticulous effort put in, is but merely the distinctly intricate and lovely packaging carefully encasing the decadently delicious treat of a marriage, a product of the right ingredients carefully chosen to suit the palates of two specific individuals. And just like the feedback I’ve read on these Nigella’s chocolate brownies;– some found them perfectly fudgy, while others found them much too gooey; some needed to tamper with the baking temperature and duration, while others didn’t care for modifications and fretted over the texture;– everyone has their own idea of the perfect brownies, and regardless of how picture-perfect the paper-thin crust on these brownies looked, what’s most important is that their taste and texture are to your own liking, even if no one else agrees with you. And for me, that just spells fudgy, no nuts, and with Oreos, please.
185 grams butter
185 grams couverture chocolate
200 grams sugar
112 grams flour
about 12 – 14 Oreo biscuits, chopped roughly
- Preheat oven to 180°C, and grease / line an 8-inch square baking pan with baking paper or foil.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a large saucepan. Leave aside to cool.
- In a bowl, beat the eggs with sugar. Add into the chocolate mixture, and beat well.
- Fold in flour, then add in Oreo chunks.
- Bake for about 20-25 mins¹, or until the surface has become a pale brown, and a skewer inserted in the middle would come out with moist crumbs.
¹The baking time depends on your preference. At 25 mins, mine were fudgy but the middle pieces were a lil squishy/gooey (NOT runny!). They dry out the longer you store them, so as always, don’t overbake.