British Museum And Brownie

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Zebra brownie

Zebra brownie

My husband one day came back and told me that we would be going to the British Museum in London that weekend. He said his friend, Edwin, is taking us there. Sounds great. A great relief he didn’t say, “We are going now!” I would have banged his head with the frying pan….haha. He did that not too long ago when he called back to say that we are going to watch ‘The King’s Speech’, giving me little time to get ready. You can read more on that in ‘A Day Of Madness’.

Men need to be reminded that women need ample time to get ready. Looks like my mini lecture worked. He gave me more than enough time this round….*smile*. See, he was rewarded with a very delicious zebra brownie for tender loving care! If he repeats the same mistake again like before, there will be no desserts for him. Instead, I will get my girls and we will stage a demonstration at home, with placards of course…..haha.


Edwin signing a book he gave us

The day came and we met at the tube station. Edwin came with another friend, Obasi. Both are engineers. They are very friendly. It was a real delight meeting them and talking to them. Edwin originates from Sri Lanka and he knows a lot about the Bible through the Museum. And that’s what he was going to do….taking us around and sharing with us.

He is very passionate about his knowledge. However being a very bad History student, all the dates just made me go dizzy…..hmmm. History drives me crazy. I never do well in school no matter how hard I tried. If you love history, you will go down into my book of ‘weird’ people…haha. No, high IQ people…*smile*. Well, I doubt my husband is any better. Maybe my daughter, being young can handle it better. But I do love all the stories….very enlightening.



This is Obasi. He came from Nigeria. You probably can’t believe it. He entered university at the age of 15 years old to study engineering!! My eyes almost popped out and my heart must have missed a few beats. What an intelligent young man! His elder brother has just got his PhD at the age of 27 years old! Suddenly I became conscious of my IQ which is no match against his! I better talk about food…haha. I’m quite certain my food and cooking IQ is slightly better here….*wink*.

Obasi told us what his dad told him and his brother since they were young, “I don’t have money to give you, I don’t have house to give you, but I will give you the best education. The rest you have to earn it.” Obasi said he always remembers his dad’s words and works very hard and that’s what makes him today. That’s very inspirational. Despite his early success he is a very humble man and has travelled to many parts of the world.

British Museum (King of Assyria)

British Museum (King of Assyria)

This part of the British Museum that we visited is full of stones and rocks with ancient scripts written all over, most of them are just too small to see with the naked eyes. This piece of stone above represents the King of Assyria who ruled from 883-859 B.C.

British Museum (King Jehu)

British Museum (King Jehu)

This piece of stone is very impressive. Rows of pictures were carved into it to tell a story.

British Museum (description of stone pictures)

British Museum (description of stone pictures)

Edwin explained to us the second row of pictures which pointed to King Jehu as mentioned in the Bible.

British Museum (stone wall of pictures)

British Museum (stone wall of pictures)

We walked through a section where we were greeted by stone pictures on both sides of the hallway. It was just amazing how pictures were craved into these hard rocks to tell the stories at that time.

British Museum (coloured shoes)

British Museum (coloured shoes)

As we were standing admiring the stone wall, suddenly I heard someone was talking to me. I quickly turned around and saw this big tall man standing just next to me, in suit and a name tag around his neck. He must be the officer on his rounds. He pointed out to us the shoes of those figures on the walls. They were coloured. He explained that the original pictures were all in colour and very beautiful. But over the centuries, they all faded. Wow…the original must be very beautiful!

Suddenly the man asked where we came from. I replied, ”Scotland”. He said, “I know it. You have the Scottish accent”. I told him, “Scottish won’t agree with you”, which he replied, “I know. Yours is better because I can understand you. I can’t understand them.” Haha…we sure had a very good laugh. I like that. I wanted to give him a big hug but then looking at his height and his big belly, I decided not to. I think my arms can only go round halfway and my chin would be resting on his belly…haha. Besides I have a pair of sharp, glazing green eyes just next to me…haha.

British Museum (artist drawing)

British Museum (people drawing)

We passed through another hall where there were broken statues on display. There were quite a number of people, young and old, drawing them. I think that’s a great past time.

British Museum (ram in the thicket)

British Museum (ram in the thicket)

This is the ram that was caught in the thicket. It looks every interesting to me. Reminds me of Abraham and Isaac.

British Museum (stones and sling)

British Museum (stones and sling)

These stones and sling reminds me of David and Goliath story. Now I can see how strong David was as a young boy. My arms would have given up after slinging only one stone. They look big and heavy. Even if I sling, I think it will fall only a couple of metres away. I would have quickly turned tail and run for life with Goliath at my heels. I’ll probably tell Goliath, “You can have the stones”!…haha

British Museum (ancient writings)

British Museum (ancient writings)

These are ancient writings written on most stone tablets, even across pictures. Most of the writing are very tiny but this one is big. They look like nails in different arrangement…how interesting! There were no curves or other shapes.

Brownie at British Museum

Brownie at British Museum

Half way through the walk, we decided to have something to eat at the cafe inside the museum. My girl bought a piece of brownie. At one bite, she said, “Mom, still yours is the best.” Now that’s so heart-warming. Of course mine is the best….hehe. I mean, it’s true mine is way better than this one. The flavour, taste and texture were not there. I think it’s just average. But when you are hungry, anything will do.

Disappointed with the brownie, I went back and make my own one. I had to. I want to go to bed feeling satisfied having eaten a good brownie. I decided to make zebra brownie using dark chocolate and white chocolate. I used my usual brownie recipe, My Best Chewy Brownies For Friends and followed the way of my Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake to create the zebra pattern. It didn’t come out in nice circles like my zebra cake but it was very delicious. See the top picture.

After the tour of the British Museum, we invited Edwin and Obasi to Malaysian Hall to try some authentic Malaysian food. They liked it very much.

What a lovely day out and what a privilege to meet 2 wonderful people, Edwin and Obasi! Edwin even bought a book, ‘Through The British Museum With The Bible’ and gave it to us as a souvenir. So sweet of him. It’s a very interesting book.

Brownie recipes that you may be interested in:
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Chocolate Rum Brownies With Sultanas

More about Malaysian hall and Malaysian Food:
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Exotic Malaysian Food In London

Quote of the day……

“When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”

- John F. Kennedy

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redkathy  on March 29th, 2011

Oh Mary your brownies look fabulous! I made a batch of brownies last night but they weren’t nearly as lovely as yours!

Treat and Trick  on March 29th, 2011

Looks yummy! Thanks so much for showing around the British Museun and introducing us to your lovely friends…

suituapui  on March 30th, 2011

My daughter would love this place. She loves museums, so cultured - not like me. I’d love the brownies a lot though! LOL!!!

busygran  on March 30th, 2011

That’s a moist-looking brownie! I like them moist unlike the ones bought which are dry. Interesting museum tour you had and I can see the relation with the Bible.

LeQuan  on March 30th, 2011

What a fun day with two amazing gentlemen. I am still in awe that your friend Obasi got into university at 15 years old and that his elder brother got his PhD at 27. Heck, I’m still collecting cute stuffed animals. Except now I just say it’s for my daughter. Haha. Oh dear, I am so not a history person either. Believe me, there won’t be any talk of history when we meet, just all talk about food :-D. You are adorable, Mary. Too funny about what you said about thinking twice about giving the very tall man a hug. (my my, so many abouts in that last sentence). I’m glad to hear that you guys had a great time. I agree with your daughter, even just by looking at the brownie, you can tell yours is much better. Yours looks moist and soft and chocolatey. The othe browning just looks discolored, dry, and not very chocolatey at all. Although, when your Mom is Mary, I’m sure many things you buy out don’t taste as good ;-). Must check out those recipes of yours. I’m a big white chocolate fan.

Christine's Recipes  on March 30th, 2011

How nice are your brownies. Eveytime I read your blog, you always give me a surprise! :)

Cenwen  on March 30th, 2011

Hi Mary:)
I hope you are well and that you received my mail:)
Thank you for this nice sharing!
Take good care of you!
Lots of kisses:)

somewhere in singapore  on March 30th, 2011

I always look forward to read your blog, hehe…

Priya  on March 30th, 2011

Seems u guys had a wonderful visit..brownies looks highly addictive..

Catherine  on March 30th, 2011

“I would have banged his head with the frying pan” haha love it Mary! Obasi is VERY inspirational indeed. He should quit his job engineering and tour around the UK giving people advice on how to bring up their children with proper values haha. Glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum (and that brownie looks beautiful mmm).

Sanjeeta kk  on March 30th, 2011

Lovely monuments and clicks, MM! Like the way your girl gave you the much deserved accolade for your Brownies :)

divya  on March 30th, 2011

Wat a great looking brownies,simply irresistible..

Belinda @zomppa  on March 30th, 2011

What a neat tour - and fascinating folks - and irresistible brownies indeed. A perfect combination.

Jeannie  on March 30th, 2011

I see you have master the art of making brownies to perfection…great photos, surprising you can take photos in museum there…some countries do not allow this.

Suman Singh  on March 30th, 2011

These brownies looks so addictive..I wish I could eat some right!

Angie's Recipes  on March 30th, 2011

Love those zebra brownies! They are perfect for any time!
Thought it wouldn’t be allowed to take photos in the museum.

Swathi  on March 30th, 2011

Zebra brownies are perfect and delicious. Looks you guys had wonderful time in museum. I love to visit history museum.

pigpigscorner  on March 30th, 2011

Looks fab! Your hubs is very..spontaneous…lol. That’s a compliment!

Drick  on March 30th, 2011

lovely brownies and what a beautiful story of finding new friends… really enjoyed the photos, so interesting to see and glad you took us along

Simply Life  on March 30th, 2011

oh wow- those look so good!

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on March 30th, 2011

Lots to see at the British Museum. I remember those stone walls. Glad to hear you had a lovely day out.

Your zebra brownie looks delicious. Wish I can have a slice with my tea :)

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit  on March 30th, 2011

Mom’s brownies are definitely the best. :) These zebra brownies look so good! It sounds like you had a great time with great company at the museum. :)

Blackswan  on March 30th, 2011

Thks for sharing your beautiful day out, Mary! Makes me wanna book a flight to London again :)

Mary  on March 31st, 2011

@redkathy - Thanks very much, Kathy! I’m sure yours is just as nice. I can eat all for you :D

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! :D

@suituapui - Haha……too cute though :D

@busygran - Yes, you are right about the store bought brownies. May be it’s because it’s not fresh but I don’t know. Our kitchen manufactured ones are still the best :D

@LeQuan - Haha…you are just too funny with your soft toys. I don’t collect them but my youngest daughter always buys them for me! :D So I end up with a collection! Phew….a big relief that we are not talking about history when we meet….I will fall asleep :P Aha…the right word….the brownie at the museum is not chocolatey. Maybe they used cocoa powder. I love it made with real chocolate….mmmm

@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! :D

@Cenwen - Thanks very much for writing. Hope you had received my mail. Really appreciate all your love and concern. You are a VERY sweet friend…..always make me smile :D Hope you have wonderful days everyday!

@somewhere in singapore - Thanks very much, Sharon! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much Priya! :D

@Catherine - Yes, totally agree with you that our children need to hear of proper values, especially to work hard, be challenged to compete and reach their highest potential. It’s quite worrying when I look around. Now I need more brownies to take away my worries….haha

@Sanjeeta kk - Haha…it always feels good when it comes from my girls. Makes cooking and baking more fun :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@Jeannie - Oooops… I wonder whether I was allowed to take photos or not. No one stopped me though, not even the officer who talked to me :D

@Suman Singh - Thanks very much, Suman! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! Oh, I’m not sure about taking photos in museum. There was no sign stating that :D Maybe only certain parts you are not allowed.

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! Hope you get to visit the British Museum. There are lots to see. I had a great time :D

@pigpigscorner - Haha…thanks very much, Ann! :D

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much :D

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Thanks very much, Biren! :D

@Betty @ scrambled hen fruit - Thanks very much, Betty! :D

@Blackswan - Hey, come…summer is almost here. There’ll be lots to see and do :D

penny aka jeroxie  on March 31st, 2011

HOw delightful! YOur brownies are definitely better.

kitchen flavours  on March 31st, 2011

What an interesting post! Love the part about you’re from Scotland! Ha! Ha! Your brownie looks really nice!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective  on March 31st, 2011

I hate biting into a disappointing treat! The rum brownies sound awesome.

Barbara  on March 31st, 2011

Super brownie recipe! And I love the name.

I also love the British Museum!

Ananda Rajashekar  on March 31st, 2011

Oh Merie i’m to too terrible in history, when pople ask i just put a blank face! and ur friends bro PhD in at age of 27 i better find wall to jump! wat a lovely brownies :D

Magic of Spice  on March 31st, 2011

Sounds like such a lovely day :)

teresa  on March 31st, 2011

how cool, what a nice experience. love the brownies!

kristy  on April 1st, 2011

Now, you just tempted me to make some brownie too. I wanna try yours next time. I like really moist brownie. Are you planning to send some over to Edwin & Obasi? ha… Btw, are they still single? Just curious! haha…

Ivy  on April 1st, 2011

Lots of stolen things to see at the British Museum. Elwin did a great job ripping off the Parthenon Marbles but it seems that they have ripped off other cultures as well.

tasteofbeirut  on April 2nd, 2011

The brownies look fantastic and the visit to the museum was so interesting; not as interesting though as meeting your lovely friends, fascinating people who have overcome many odds and can be admired for their courage and brains.

Anna Johnston  on April 2nd, 2011

What a great experience Mary to visit the museum with some serious brainiacs (my word for amazing brainy people), its always daunting to step into the academics world & have conversations, how amazing would it be to have talent like that huh.
Speaking of talent ;) - your brownies looks wonderful…, now pass me one quickly before anyone see OK :)

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