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strawberries-and-coriander
Pâtisserie

Flavour combination #1 – Strawberries and coriander

By On June 28, 2012

This morning, I went around the garden. And ate a strawberry. Then I saw the coriander in full bloom and had a leaf. And bang! Strawberries and coriander is such a darling… Read more.

coconut-water
Cuisine

You’re my favourite flavour – Summer 2012 edition

By On June 26, 2012

One. Coconut water. Feel the heat. A heat like you’ve never felt it before. Or at least you’ve forgotten. Yes, at times, it is pointless to try and remember things that can… Read more.

apricot tart
Pâtisserie

Un dîner d’été – Tarte à l’abricot et à la pistache

By On June 23, 2012

[A midsummer dinner – Apricot and pistachio tart] I had a pâton of pâte sucrée in the fridge. And a little bag of roasted pistachios a friend brought back from Lebanon. And… Read more.

techniques
Pâtisserie

How to become a pastry chef? – The checklist

By On June 19, 2012

Being a pastry chef is most possibly the best decision I’ve ever taken. Everyday, I have no words to describe the bliss I feel when I’m busy making things. Yes, making. With… Read more.

apricots large
Le marché & its produce

Les abricots

By On June 19, 2012

Yesterday, we found a basket on our fence. The third this week. It’s made of osier and hung by a metal hook. Inside, we could see apricots. And at times, cherries. Most… Read more.

custard-cornbread-molly
Pâtisserie

All mornings should be like this – Custard-filled cornbread

By On June 8, 2012

Yesterday, two am. Tonight, we ate al fresco. In our garden. Who said you’re not allowed to play make-believe anymore? I made dessert. One strawberry tart, only it’s so much more. Black… Read more.

ingredients
Pâtisserie

Réussir le fondant pâtissier blanc, pas à pas – Mastering white pâtissier fondant, step by step

By On May 29, 2012

One of the first things you see through a boulangerie-pâtisserie window in France is a herd of glazed éclairs and choux. Pretty in pink, brown, white, and more often than not, green… Read more.

confiture concombre
Le marché & its produce

Comme la rosée des matins d’été – Confiture de concombre à la vanille

By On May 24, 2012

[Not unlike summer morning dew – Cucumber and vanilla jam] I walked in mud and bought some vintage tupperwares at a vide-grenier. I saw waves bigger than life. I felt them too.… Read more.

madeleines
Pâtisserie

Surprise, surprise – Madeleines aux framboises

By On May 19, 2012

[Raspberry madeleines] This morning, the sky turned black, of the bruised kind. And then, clouds started to grumble, roar really. For minutes. And before we knew it – {insert French accent here}… Read more.

scones
Pâtisserie

Not unlike living in cotton – Scones, scones, scones…

By On May 10, 2012

So it seems I’ve told you I’d see you soon with tips for the perfect scones. Apparently, soon can hold different meanings. A birthday to the sound of drum n’ bass, and… Read more.

root-veg
Cuisine

On clouds blanketing everything we see – Roast chicken and root vegs

By On May 4, 2012

An hour ago, I took a whole – 1,5kg kind of whole – chicken out from the oven. Just for myself. You see it started this morning when I first opened my… Read more.

scones
Pâtisserie

Everyday magic

By On April 30, 2012

I made scones today. Twice, because two seems to be a trending number these days. Same recipe, except for five extra grams of milk. And somehow, no matter how long I have… Read more.

ooops
Kitchenware

Oops #2

By On April 30, 2012

I don’t know what just happened on ebay, but I seem to be the newest owner of – not one but – two Le Creuset cocottes. I guess the advices my friend… Read more.

coffee chocolate self-saucing caked
Pâtisserie

The end – Coffee and chocolate self-saucing cake

By On April 18, 2012

The end. Of this, that is. I was writing when the timer went off. Upstairs, sitting cross-legged in front of my laptop. It wasn’t as cold as the outdoors would suggest. Perhaps,… Read more.

jerusalem artichoke veloute
Cuisine

On thunderstoms and first kisses – Caramelised Jerusalem artichoke velouté

By On April 14, 2012

It’s been oh-so-quiet around here lately. Perhaps, that’s what happens when I have too much to say, too much to do, too much to look forward to. But last night, I saw… Read more.

spring blossoms
Memories

Bonjour mars, au revoir mars

By On March 28, 2012

[Hello March, goodbye March] I’ve felt raindrops running through my hair; and my dress too. I’ve made a cake. And another one too. I’ve seen blossoms on every tree. I’ve walked in… Read more.

eclair tronc
Pâtisserie

Fields of frost – Éclairs au chocolat, presque comme chez Fauchon

By On February 28, 2012

[Chocolate eclairs, almost like Fauchon’s] When trees are shaped like hearts; and breakfast means just-brewed coffee slash bike ride slash jonchée eaten as soon as I’ve taken my gum boots off. And… Read more.

egg-disaster
Pâtisserie

Oops #1

By On February 24, 2012

Three cuts and eight eggs on the floor later, the cake came out of the oven. As a reminder that heatproof means heatproof, and not just a random glass bowl. You see… Read more.

a cake too
Memories

PS. I felt like cake; made one and ate a slice.

By On February 17, 2012

A friend, of the dear-to-my-heart kind, made this cake today. A few thousands of kilometres away. And I did too. In ten minutes, from cupboards to oven*. It was eaten on the… Read more.

flapjacks
Pâtisserie

Find a map and draw a straight line – Chewy flapjacks

By On February 15, 2012

I started collecting objects, to make up for memories I forgot. A blue pool ball, a broken cigarette, a plastic table number. I read words. Most of the time, at night. Yes,… Read more.

olive-oil-jelly
Pâtisserie

Those three words – Gelée d’huile d’olives

By On January 18, 2012

[Olive oil jelly] In autumn, with figs, a young brillat-savarin curd, and a warm sponge so full of vanilla seeds it’s almost grey. Perhaps, a few toasted and salted almonds for crunch.… Read more.

egg bacon sandwich-2
Cuisine

On breakfast for dinner – Bacon and egg sandwich

By On December 7, 2011

When home means finally-untangled hair, the sound of waves that won’t quit our minds – oh and of the shower he’s into two-open-doors away while this song is playing on repeat, only… Read more.

vanille
Le marché & its produce

La vanille

By On November 17, 2011

It’s hard to play favourite with vanilla. Tahitian vanilla (or for the geeks out there, and that includes me, Vanilla tahitensis) is a bit of a outsider – considered its the only… Read more.

chocolate
Kitchenware

Copeaux de chocolat

By On November 10, 2011


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tart shells
Memories

Bonjour novembre

By On November 1, 2011

[Hello November] Is it just me, or do you also feel like that – more than any other month – tarts belong to November? It usually happens without a warning. And without… Read more.