Devour the patriarchy

For any one who took part in, or even just saw the images of the #womensmarch you’ll understand when I say that this weekend was inspirational. Standing in Trafalgar Square surrounded by amazing a powerful women (my incredible wife included) is something I’ll never forget.

My wife and I rounded off our weekend of Feminist inspiration by attending a recording of @globalpillage, a diversity themed podcast hosted by @deborahFW. We decided that smashing the patriarchal hegemony was probably hungry work … and came up with this recipe so they could devour it instead.

Broken glass ceiling brownies


The Brownies
145g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
80g Fair trade cocoa powder,
1/4 rounded teaspoon flaked sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 whole large eggs (It’s important to include the yolk of oppression)
65g Plain flour
75g walnuts (The most divisive of nuts)
100g The patriarchy (White chocolate chips)

The glass ceiling
170g Water
83g liquid glucose
pinch of cream of tartar
261g caster sugar
1 egg white (egg with the oppression removed but the hegemony retained) 
225 icing sugar 
Food colouring


  1. Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  2. Line a deep roasting tray with baking parchment and grease with butter
  3. Take a sauce pan and set a couple of inches of water and bring it to a simmer. Place a heatproof bowl on top of the pan, being careful not to let it touch the water
  4. Chop the butter into cubes and place it in the bowl with the sugar and cocoa. It may feel like these ingredients don’t want to mix but stir vigorously on the heat until the butter melts and they combine
  5. Once the butter, sugar and cocoa have combined, remove from the heat. Beat in the vanilla extract and the eggs. Add the Eggs one at a time beating the yolk of oppression vigorously as you do — you really don’t want lumps of this in your brownie
  6. Stir in the flour making sure it is well combined
  7. Break down the walls (nuts) into smaller pieces and along with the patriarchy (chocolate chips) mix into the brownie mix
  8. Pour the mix into the greased tin and distribute the mixture evenly (this isn’t as easy as it sound because it doesn’t come very naturally to the patriarchy)
  9. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 20–25 minuets
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely

Glass Ceiling

  1. Combine the caster sugar, liquid glucose and water in a sauce pan (preferably one that is not non-stick).
  2. Bring the mixture to the boil but do not stir. You can swirl the plan lightly but only to this a few times, and only if necessary
  3. If you have a silicone mat this will be perfect for pouring the sugar onto but if you don’t then find a heatproof surface and cover it in tin foil that has been lightly greased with vegetable oil
  4. Once the sugar reached the hard crack stage (150 degrees centigrade) remove it from the heat and wait 1 minuet
  5. Pour the mixture onto your prepared surface and leave to completely cool and harden
  6. While the sugar hardens make some royal icing by gradually whipping the icing sugar into the egg white — add any food colouring you would like to this.
  7. Once the sugar has hardened, place the icing into a piping bag and graffiti your glass ceiling with any oppressive force that takes your fancy
  8. Your icing will take about 30 minuets to harden.
  9. Now for the fun bit. Once the icing has hardened, smash that glass ceiling to pieces in any way you want. IMPORTANT: If, like me, you are a part of the patriarchy you can’t do this step- you’ve got to get out of the way and give someone else the chance.
  10. Once you have your shards, stick them into your brownies and use them to fuel activism. WARNING: The broken remnants of the patriarchy can sometimes be sharp.