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Money Woes #8


When my housemate tells me I don’t eat a varied enough diet.


‘There are 7 basic erogenous zones….’ Or What Friends Taught Me

1. Joey doesn’t share food. All the other Friends cannot understand why Joey refuses to share his fries when his date has ordered a ‘garden salad.’  But to be completely fair to Joey, I am exactly the same. Everybody’s like ‘Oh my GOD, you are SO SELFISH!’ But I would gladly buy you your own bag of Maltesers when we go to the cinema. Just don’t REFUSE a bag all to yourself and then dip into mine! That’s how you end up losing some fingers.

2. Pivot. PIVOT! This is handy knowledge I now have for if I ever move house and take hefty furniture with me. I also know that if I am ever in a pivoting situation, it would probably be best if I bring my most muscular friends to help me do the job, and not the Chandler-esque weeds.

3. Peeing on jellyfish stings is one way of cementing a relationship. I mean, look at Chandler and Monica. They eventually got married!

4. And by the way, Y-O-U-apostrophe-R-E means ‘you are.’ Y-O-U-R means ‘your!’ I like to think that Rachel fell in love with Ross because of his fine attention to detail when using punctuation marks.  And because of his dinosaur watch, obviously.

5. No matter how young you are, leather pants are never a good idea. On men. I think certain ladies can pull them off. (I loved them in the 90’s when it was all very PVC but only the Posh Spice Girl was allowed to wear real leather.) Also, if you are ever trying to take off a pair of leather slacks without chafing, don’t mix together talc and lotion. They will MAKE A PASTE!

6. Unagi is a type of sushi, not a form of karate. Sorry, a state of karate. Or something.

7. Fake names are a necessity. They can be used to solve all sorts of problems, including stopping your friend leaving for France and trying to convince a man to join an Identical Hand Twin showcase.

8. Trifle does not contain meat. I know a lot of English desserts sound odd (I only discovered that mince pies didn’t have mince in them when I was 13- and I live in England!) but we’re not that odd. We do seem to enjoy cheese as a dessert though and that is something I will never be on board with.

9. Foreign ‘Friends’ is not as funny as English ‘Friends.’ So keep your monkey away from the TV remote.

10. If you are reading Little Women and you get to the sad part, put your book in the freezer. And then go watch Friends to cheer yourself up.

Baking: Cookies and the COOKIE MONSTER! OM NOM!

I had a bit of a dilemma when I started making these: halfway through sieving the sugar I realised I only had one egg! D’oh! Luckily for me (and thanks to some speedy Google handy work) I managed to find a cookie recipe that only need one egg. Phew! And thankfully they were yummy! As cookies always are!

(And if you don’t agree with me, maybe this song will change your mind….)

Baking: Marbled Butterfly Cupcakes

One of my earliest memories is being taught by my grandma how to make butterfly buns on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve added the marbled effect and the caramel, but the basic recipe is hers. So thanks Nanan!


For the cupcakes:

  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz flour
  • 4 oz white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 2 oz butter
  • 4oz icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • caramel sauce
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

How to

  1. Pre heat oven to 190 C, or Gas Mark 5
  2. Blend softened butter with sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk eggs and add gradually to the mixture.
  4. Add flour, and then split the mixture into 2.
  5. Add milk and cocoa powder to one of the mixtures.
  6. Place a dollop of each mixture into cupcake cases: this recipe should make 12 standard sized cakes.
  7. Swirl mixtures together to create the marbled effect.
  8. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes, until cooked through.
  9. Whilst cooling, blend together butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk. The icing should be creamy but not too watery. If you think you’ve added to much milk, add more butter and icing sugar to compensate!
  10. Split the icing into 2 bowls, adding the cocoa powder to one and the caramel sauce to other.
  11. Cut a circular disc from the top of the cake and cut in half for the ‘wings.’ Put a blob of each icing in the hole created by the disc, adding the ‘wings’ to the side.
  12. Drizzle caramel sauce over the cupcakes and voilà!