miércoles, 30 de diciembre de 2009
The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!
lunes, 28 de diciembre de 2009
Chocolate Brownies Recipe. The Art of Hospitality School specializes in making food with kids - that's healthy and fun to cook. This is Chef Sally Kuhrt's delicious chocolate Brownies Recipe
Step 1: You will need…
250 g caster sugar
180 g plain chocolate drops
180 g soft butter
110 g plain flour
1 vanilla extract
some butter for greasing
150 g walnuts
large mixing bowl
Step 2: Prepare
Grease the side of the tin by rubbing with a kitchen towel dipped in a little soft butter. Line with a square of baking parchment. Turn on the oven, and set it to 160 degrees Celsius, or 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Chocolate & Butter Fill the saucepan with a little water, and sit a heat proof bowl on top. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water, and definitely not the bottom of the saucepan. Remove some of the water if this is the case. Cut the butter up into small pieces. Place them in the bowl and add the chocolate.
Step 4: Heat Put the saucepan over a low heat. Make sure the saucepan handle is facing away from you, so you don't knock it. The chocolate and butter will gently melt over about 10 minutes. Don't be tempted to stir! This will solidify the chocolate, and you won't be able to melt it again after that.
Step 5: Cool
When completely melted, stir gently with a wooden spoon. Turn off the heat, remove the bowl from the pan and leave it to cool.
Step 6: Eggs, Sugar, Vanilla Put the 3 eggs, 250 grams of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a large bowl. Whisk together
Step 7: Add chocolate
Fold in the cooled chocolate mixture
Step 8: Add remaining ingredients Now add 110 grams of plain flour. Use a method called cutting and folding to mix it, moving the spoon in a figure of 8. This helps to keep the mixture light and airy. If you would like, add 150g chopped walnuts, again using the cutting and folding action.
Step 9: Bake
Put the mixture in a tin and smooth the top over evenly. Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 20 to 30 minutes. If you can, set a timer to make sure they don't over cook. Check after 20 minutes. The chocolate brownies should still be soft but not springy.
Step 10: Cool Remove the chocolate brownies from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for at least 30 minutes.
Step 11: Serve the chocolate brownies
Cut into squares with a sharp knife. Lift the baking parchment from the tin, and use a pallet knife to transfer the chocolate brownies to a serving plate.
Traditional Full English Breakfast Recipe. Gail and Jill, of the Blacksmith's Café in Hastings, guide us through the ritual of making the perfect fried breakfast. Savour our Traditional Full English Breakfast recipe.
Step 1: You will need
100 g mushrooms
2 Rashers bacon
150 g baked beans
ketchup or brown sauce
1 chopping board
1 wooden stirring spoon
1 small saucepan 2 frying pans
Step 2: Sausages
We start with our sausages. Quality is crucial here - go for ones with a high percentage of pork and natural ingredients.Place them in a frying pan with preheated vegetable oil.
They'll take the longest to cook of all our ingredients, around 12 minutes, with regular turning required. They make a lovely, reassuring sizzle as they fry.
Step 3: Mushrooms
Wash and slice the mushrooms. Add them to some preheated vegetable oil in a separate frying pan, then stir and toss them on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes.After that, consign them to a warm plate until the rest of the fry-up is finished, which won't be long now. Because things are really starting to hot up.
Step 4: Bacon
Bacon next; when the sausages have been frying for 8 minutes, add the rashers to the same pan and turn them every minute or two.
Step 5: Baked beans
As soon as your bacon's under way, the baked beans go on the stove. They require a gentle heat and plenty of stirring. Now it's a total juggling act!
Step 6: Eggs
While you keep an eye on all that sizzling and bubbling, replenish the other frying pan with oil and put it on a medium heat in readiness for the eggs. Keep turning the bacon and stirring the beans; then crack one egg... and two, into the empty frying pan. Transfer it to the hottest plate on the stove if necessary - keep stirring those beans! And we're nearly done.
The final touch is to get your spatula and splash hot oil over the eggs until the yolks go opaque. This is a sure sign that they're cooked properly. And when they're done, the whole meal is done.
Step 7: Serve
Add it all to the plate with the mushrooms on and get ready for the Full English experience. Try a little tomato ketchup or brown sauce for the finishing touch to the perfect fried breakfast.
martes, 22 de diciembre de 2009
Su primer gran éxito llegó en 1969 con una canción de folk pop orquestado en la que narra la historia de un astronauta perdido en el espacio llamado Major Tom y a la que tituló Space Oddity en honor a la película 2001: A Space Odyssey (2001: Odisea del Espacio). Este tema abriría y daría nombre a su segundo L.P.(long play), en el que se aproximaba a la música psicodélica, corriente dominante en ese momento. Fue su primer disco producido por Tony Visconti y también contó con la participación de Rick Wakeman, teclista del grupo Yes.