LIFESTYLE & CULTURE hand. Whilst we easily identify sin as the breaking of a list of rules, Jesus shows us that a man who has violated nothing on the list of moral misbehaviours may be every bit as spiritually lost as the most profligate, immoral person. For the elder son, the unwavering obedience was a means to an expected end, a conviction that can be convenient for long-term churchgoers to accept. But by doing this we are at risk of putting ourselves in the place of God as Saviour, Lord and Judge in order to displace the authority of the father in our own life. This in itself is sin. Keller’s differentiation of the two sons in Luke 15 is a foundation for an insightful evaluation and critique of both the religious moralists on the conservative right, and the moral relativists on the liberal left, concluding that each is just as lost as the other, and what both need is Jesus, whom Keller presents as the “true elder brother” – the one who comes to our rescue at his own expense. Through his infinite mercies and his grace, we are given hope and invited to the great feast of the Father. I highly recommend this book to new believers, established Christians, seekers, and unbelievers alike; it’s a pretty short book and very easy to read!
The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead Disregarding the apparently genetic predisposition for people of African descent to completely shun snow sports, we thought to recommend an extremely enjoyable family day out to the indoor Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Well done to those of you who are still reading this. The Snow Centre is the largest teaching slope in the UK, with real snow and only a half-hour’s train ride from London Euston. A team of over 100 qualified instructors provide first class tuition in skiing and snowboarding at all levels, giving you the opportunity to learn how to snow in a desirable setting, and with English speaking instructors, regardless of how seriously you intend on taking the sport. For more info on the Snow Centre visit www.thesnowcentre.com
RECIPE: Cupcakes & Cocktails Review by Bimbo Alonge
extract) as well as the milk and stir well. Put 12 cupcake liners in your cupcake baking pan and divide the mixture evenly. Allow 15 to 20
I don’t know about you but summer always makes me feel like having a get-together. So if you feel the way I do then this cupcake recipe is sure to get your planning started. The non-alcoholic cocktails are easy to make and will be great for a social night in.
minutes to bake until golden. Once done, remove from oven and allow to cool on an iron wire.
Cupcakes for Cockails (12 servings) Cupcakes • 100g of butter • 100g of sugar • 2 large eggs • 150g of self raising flour • 1/2 tsp of maple/almond or preferred syrup • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract Frosting on the Cupcakes • 75g of butter • 150g of icing sugar • 1 tsp of vanilla extract • 1 tsp of milk • Food colouring, choose your favourite colours. For the spring I personally love pink, yellow, green and blue And the Cherry on the Cupcakes. Decorating the cupcakes is optional but I have to say it adds that extra touch. You could use edible sprinkles, glitter or petals to decorate the cupcakes. Cupcakes: Firstly, preheat the oven to 180C. Now pour the sugar into the butter and beat until fluffy and light. Slowly mix in the egg (beaten) and flour (sifted). Lastly add the vanilla and maple extract (or your preferred taste of
Frosting: Beat the butter until smooth then sift the icing sugar whilst stirring. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until light and creaming. Add your favourite colouring until even colour is reached. Divide the mix if using more than one colour. Pipe or spoon the icing mix on the cool cupcakes. Decorate if desired. Allow the cupcakes to set for at least 30 minutes. Cocktails for Cupcakes Cinderella Shake equal amounts of orange, lemon and pineapple juice. Add some ice cubes and a splash of grenadine. Jazz your cocktails up with a cherry on a stick and a small chunk of pineapple. Princess Margaret Blend a slice of pineapple, five strawberries, the juice of half an orange, the juice of half a lemon, a few dashes of sirop de fraise and some ice cubes or crushed ice. Garnish the cocktail with a strawberry/lemon on the glass rim. Queen Charlie Pour a splash of grenadine syrup over ice cube then top up the glass with some soda water. Dress the glass with a slice of lemon and put in a cherry on a stick. Drink with straws. Grenadine and sirop de fraise syrups are available at major retailers including Tesco and Waitrose. 59