“Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.” – Francis Bacon
It’s always nice when friends from back home take the time out of their own busy schedules (whether that be due to full time work, higher education or travelling the world) to come and visit you in your new home at university. This last weekend, I had this very visit from one of my best friends, who is currently studying at Sheffield Hallam University. We spent the day doing some of my favourite things to do on a quiet weekend in Worcester; here, I am going to give you some top tips of what to do both in Worcester and generally, when friends visit you.
Remember to give your friend the classic house/flat tour when they first arrive.
Walk to town down past Sabrina Bridge, Worcester Racecourse and the Hive; this can be a lovely, scenic route if there is good weather.
Eat Pieminister pie and mash at the King Charles II pub down New Street.
My favourite combination is the Matador pie with chilli mash and mushy minted peas!
Shop in the selection of independent and chain retailers that are on offer.
My personal favourites include Monkee Business (https://www.monkeebusinessshop.com/) for all things nerdy and Harry Potter themed and Tiger (http://uk.flyingtiger.com/en-gb) for quirky little bits and pieces!
Do some baking. Brownies, cookies, whatever you like.
Our Gooey Chocolate Brownies:
What do I need?
- 185g Butter/Margarine
- 200g Milk Chocolate
- 85g Self-Raising Flour
- 40g Cocoa Powder
- 3 Eggs
- 275g Caster Sugar
- 100g Cookies and Cream White Chocolate (or normal white chocolate – we just happened to find this one in ASDA), chopped
- 1/2 bag of mini eggs
How do I make it?
- Line a 20cm square baking tin on its base with greaseproof paper.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Melt the milk chocolate and butter in a bowl in the microwave or over a pan of boiling water (Tip: if doing this in the microwave, make sure to stir every 20 seconds so it doesn’t burn).
- Set the mixture aside to cool slightly.
- Whisk the eggs with the sugar until the mixture is thick and creamy (and looks like a vanilla milkshake).
- Add the flour and cocoa powder to the chocolate and butter mix.
- Add the egg and sugar mixture and fold – be careful not to beat all the air out of it.
- Add the chunks of white chocolate and mini eggs.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth over.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. The brownies will still seem wobbly in the middle but will have crisp top.
- Leave until completely cool then cut in squares.
Take some photos (from selfies to instant polaroids) to document the day!
What do you like to do when you have visitors?