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Chocolate Week Recipe: Indulgent Chocolate Brownie

To celebrate Chocolate Week Recipe which falls on 15-21 October 2018, chef Gopi Chandran from Sopwell House has created this delicious Indulgent Chocolate Brownie recipe.

Serves 8-10 people

250g good quality dark chocolate – we use Callebaut Dark Chocolate Buttons
250g unsalted butter
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking flour
4 large eggs
300g caster sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
2. Lightly grease a tray-bake tin (or silicone tray) and line with baking paper.
3. Melt the butter with the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and set aside to cool slightly.
4. Combine the eggs and sugar to create a custard-like consistency.
5. Slowly add the chocolate and butter, mixing in gradually to ensure the cold and warm mixtures combine smoothly.
6. Add the flour and baking powder, and mix well.
7. Once combined, pour the mixture into the lined tray and spread evenly.
8. Bake for 30 minutes, or 25 minutes if you prefer them more gooey and soft.
9. Leave to cool, slice into 8-10 squares and enjoy!

Sopwell House’s Chocolate Brownie is served in The Brasserie with passion fruit crémeux & coconut sorbet.

Sopwell House is a stunning 18th Century Georgian house located in the city of St. Albans deep within the Hertfordshire countryside. The hotel is the perfect place to dine boasting a 2AA Rosette restaurant, a vibrant Brasserie, an elegant cocktail lounge, and conservatory bar, all of which look out on 12-acres of beautiful gardens. for more information check out www.sopwellhouse.co.uk.

Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue

We love playing games, so we were really excited to download the cool new Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue app, the game gives players the chance to be Virgil with the help of his trusty team John Tracy and lead engineer Brains, you will get the opportunity to complete life-saving mission rescues, this fun game gives you the opportunity to become a hero, simply choose a rescue mission  and your off, but you'll need to use your problem-solving, creativity and navigation skills to complete each daring mission. Check out the cool game trailer to get an idea of the gameplay that awaits.

Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue also includes a dyslexic-friendly font, and allow parents to monitor and limit their child's gameplay time. The game is suitable for children from 6yrs+.

Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue is an official game based on the hugely popular television series created by Kuato Studios and ITV Studios Global Entertainment.  The game is available to download for free on the App Store and on Google Play worldwide (see links below)
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thunderbirds-are-go/id1363201024?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kuatostudios.thunderbirdsprod

Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree

We were ever so delighted to attend Polka Theatre in London to watch the amazing theatre production of Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree, a magical enchanted story based on The Panchatantra – India’s Aesop’s Fables.

Photo credit: Craig Fuller

The story follows three orphans who share a magical book given by their father, the book will help the young orphans learn from the tale, the young orphans begin to share the stories of the book and bring to life the amazing stories to life, the production is stunningly shared from start to finish with each story sharing a vibrant story, each filled with music movements and beautiful yet simple costumes.

Photo credit: Craig Fuller

We loved every minute of the show, the actors literally brought the stories to life, a great production filled will life lesson stories perfect for the whole family. Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree will be playing until 21 October, suitable for children from ages Ages 7+, For more information check out polkatheatre.com.

Body Worlds London

Body Worlds London

We were really excited to attend the exclusive opening night preview of Body Worlds. Body Worlds is an amazing unique interactive exhibition of the human body, it has been a huge global success and now has a permanent home in the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus.

The exhibition starts on the third floor, we were given an interactive headset which allows visitors to listen to cool facts as they explore the exhibition, visitors can wander freely exploring each floor at there own pace taking in this fascinating experience.

Body Worlds

We were in awe as we walked through the exhibition, at times it felt quite surreal yet extermly fascinating, having the chance to look inside the human body gives you a huge insight on how the body works and the lifestyle choices we make and how they affect the human body.

The human specimens are produced by using a preservation technique developed by Gunther von Hagens a German doctor and his wife and creative director Dr Angelina Whalley, all of the exhibits on display have given consent to be part of the unique plastination process.

Body Worlds is a thought-provoking and educational experience which you will find yourself talking about long after you leave, its a valuable educational experience that really makes you think about your own body and life. Body Worlds opens its door to the public on the Saturday 6th October at the London Pavillion in Piccadilly Circus. To find out more about Body Worlds head over to bodyworlds.com/exhibition/london


We love Johnny English, so we were super excited to head into Central London to watch Johnny English Strikes Again the third instalment of the Johnny English comedy series, starring Rowan Atkinson who returns as the much loved accidental secret agent. 

The new adventure begins when there is a cyber-attack in London reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, except Johnny English who becomes the secret service’s last hope, Johnny English is called out of retirement to take on the mission and find the mastermind hacker, Johnny English then must use all his tactical skills to overcome the challenges of modern technology and make this mission a success.

Johnny English Strikes Again is a must a see movie, a fun lighthearted movie which is suitable for the whole family, its not only hilariously funny but its also highly entertaining on every level, there are some amazingly funny moment of this movie that had me literally crying with laughter, you'll defianly know what I mean when you watch the movie, by far this has to be the funniest movie I have seen in a very long time, if you are looking to be entertained and need a good giggle then you won't be disappointed, I cannot recommend this movie enough.

Johnny English Strikes Again is released in UK cinemas on 5th October 2018