And why not treat yourself to a space brownie today, Brownie Day…? you deserve it after the year we’ve had.
The Brown Cafe is something of a rite of passage for youngsters visiting Amsterdam.
And your favourite Travel blogger took one for the team on my first trip to the Dutch city…. all for research purposes you understand.
Brownies and whities
Dam right: With The Scary One in Amsterdam
More of a whitie than a brownie to be honest in my case.
And the Amsterdam cafe I visited didn’t help the non-user by operating a toilet system.
Because surely I’m not the only customer who turns a whiter shade of pale and then has to take the shame.
Of asking the owner to press the little white button under the counter.
So to mark Brownie Day I’m flagging up a the Brown cafe where you can get more than just a sugar rush… just don’t overdo it.
And maybe also other other places on my visits where a friend with weed is a friend indeed.
High old times
With its narrow bars, boats and cycle routes.
And while you’re in the neighbourhood to visit the Anne Frank House and others of the marvellous museums in Amsterdam.
Then try out canalside cafe Paradox where they tempt you in with board games and rich coffee…
And remember the Dutch brought the stuff here through the Dutch East Indies Company.
Paradox’s excellent website has a section for Social Paradox with a picture of the ubiquitous Amsterdam bicycle.
While they also tum you through everything you need to know including how to roll a joint – and edibles.
Bake your own
Now even in those other liberal hotspots we’ve all come to know around the world, you won’t get this eating experience.
You’ll have to take your weed home and bake your own.
Now this has never made the technical challenge on Great British Bake Off…
Noel and Matt are already giddy enough although I’d pay money to see Prue and Paul off their faces.
So let me give you you the Bandanaman Brownie Friend With Weed recipe.
The ingredients: An eighth of an ounce of cannabis. Or three tablespoons.
Three-quarter of a cup of butter.
Four ounces of unsweetened chocolate.
One and three quarters coconut sugar.
Half a teaspoon of salt.
Two teaspoons of vanilla extract.
Three large eggs.
One and three-quarters cups of all-purpose flour.
Two-thirds cup chopped walnuts.
Ready, steady, bake
1. Preheat oven to 240°F (115°C). Spread cannabis evenly on a baking sheet. Bake 50 minutes (if using less cannabis, check oven after 35 to 40 minutes). Remove from oven and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add decarboxylated (oven-baked) cannabis and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, then remove from heat.
3. Strain cannabutter through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a small glass measuring cup or bowl. Discard strained cannabis solids or save for cannabis tea.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9-by-13 inch glass baking pan with cooking spray.
5. Place chocolate in a large glass mixing bowl and melt in the microwave or over a saucepan of boiling water.
6. Add cannabutter to melted chocolate and mix until combined, then mix in coconut sugar, salt, and vanilla.
7. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated.
8. Mix in flour, and walnut and/or mint, if using.
9. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut into 16 pieces. Store leftovers — clearly marked if there are others using your kitchen — in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for several months.