Sunday Pudding: Upside Down Cake
Play with this one, use whatever fruit needs using up. We used clementines this time!
55g brown sugar
170g self-raising flour
55g caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
Zest the oranges and put zest to one side.
Peel and heat the orange pieces and sugar in a frying pan gently until the sugar has melted and the orange is caramelised. Then turn into a 6” cake tin and spread out evenly.
Meanwhile, whisk the flour, eggs, milk, sugar and orange zest together in a bowl. You should have a thick mixture, the consistency of whipped cream.
Pour the mixture onto the oranges. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sponge is golden and springy to the touch.
Remove from the oven and turn out onto a plate to serve.
Sunday Pudding: Sticky Toffee Pudding
400g tin of prunes, drained
1 rounded tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g salted butter
150g soft brown sugar
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
butter, for greasing
For the sticky toffee topping
250ml double cream
80g soft brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Blend all sponge ingredients in a food processor until nearly smooth, but with a few specks of prune still visible. Generously butter a baking dish on all surfaces and pour in the sponge batter. Bake for 40 minutes, or until just firm to the touch.
Make the topping by heating the ingredients gently in a pan, whisking regularly, until briefly boils. Pour over the cooked pudding. Place under a moderate grill until bubbling.
Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.
Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.
City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.
Holy shit, go Utah.
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