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Mind your French – Le fondant au chocolat

By On September 27, 2011

[The ultimate chocolate fondant] In London, we’ve had winter in July. Air damp with rain. Kitchens warm with soup on the stove. Oven smelling like chocolate cake. And now, in the south… Read More

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A little sweller – Petits quatre-quarts, au chocolat ou pas

By On September 10, 2011

[Little poundcakes, with chocolate or not] It smells like the week-end around here. Actually, it’s been smelling like it for a week now. And boy, week-end does smell good. Just-brewed coffee and… Read More

maryse
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Une maryse

By On September 10, 2011

I got quite a few emails regarding the word maryse. One of you even wrote a kinky poem, because – yes – Maryse, is also a French name. It involved some whipping… Read More

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Réussir la crème pâtissière, pas à pas – Mastering pastry cream, step by step

By On September 5, 2011

It was a day at the end of September. A couple of years ago. I put on my pied-de-poule trousers for the first time since the internship I had done the summer… Read More

plums
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Les prunes

By On August 27, 2011

[Plums] Let me introduce a new category. The market. A collection of random thoughts – and perhaps, recipes – about my favourite fruits and vegs from the market. Last week, I picked… Read More

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A lucky strike with tangzhong 湯種 – Petits pains au lait à la japonaise

By On August 6, 2011

[Japanese-style milk buns] It was a night of early winter, I think. It was possibly raining. And dark. I can’t remember for sure, but it seems right. I weighed flour and water… Read More

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Roadtrips et autres histoires – Cake au maïs, comme à Caravan

By On July 28, 2011

[Roadtrips and other stories – A cornbread just like at Caravan] Sometimes, all I want is to put my warmest boots on, and escape to a place outside of time. I would… Read More

la-brioche
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PS. Une brioche avec un peu plus de beurre

By On July 24, 2011

[PS. A brioche with a tad more butter] London, sometime in April. I made a brioche. In five minutes; and five days. We woke up early to shape and proof the dough.… Read More

pancakes stack pola
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Ensemble, c’est tout – Pancakes tous simples

By On July 21, 2011

[Together, that’s all – Very simple pancakes] It was a morning like no other. That day, we woke up to clouds around us. Some call it fog, but living in the clouds… Read More

bordier-butter
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On secrets and playing pretend – Hot chocolate tartine

By On July 16, 2011

I’ve been grazing at the sky lately. Sure it was from my bed, possibly half-asleep and not-just-half-deaf, but it was during day time. Or so I think. The clock said quarter to… Read More

scallion pancake
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On water and flour – Cong you bing or green onion pancakes

By On June 14, 2011

There is something about flour bond with water. Something that possibly goes back to those afternoons spent sat on the kitchen counter, watching my grand-mother making pâte brisée [shortcrust pastry], which I… Read More

profiteroles
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Skinny dipping – Double chocolate profiteroles

By On May 28, 2011

I haven’t been hanging out with my laptop much lately. You see, I’ve been sort of busy doing this. And some unexpected things. Of the good kind. Like a lunch at Mauro… Read More

chouquettes
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Comptine d’un autre été – Des chouquettes

By On May 25, 2011

[Lullaby from another summer – Sugar choux puffs] I could tell you how my dad would take me to the boulangerie after school, as I was smaller than the smallest tree of… Read More

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Drink me

By On May 22, 2011

Sundays in France are made for: mornings in the kitchen and afternoons in the garden. With a possible visit to the vide-grenier [garage sale] and a few drinks at a café. We… Read More

matcha green tea ice cream mochi
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Where the wild things are – Ice-cream mochi au thé matcha

By On May 19, 2011

[Matcha ice-cream mochi] Almost a year ago, a boy-friend – at times with a dash, most of the time, without – gave me two Japanese manuals. A textbook and a workbook. They… Read More

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Au menu, aujourd’hui – Le thé matcha

By On April 29, 2011

[On the menu today – Matcha green tea] On a summer day of two-thousand and five, I remember driving on those small roads in between Biot and Valbonne. With something old, something… Read More

brioche with jam
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Neige d’avril et petit-déjeuner au lit – Une brioche en cinq minutes

By On April 19, 2011

[On April snow and breakfast in bed – A five-minute brioche] When I mentioned the five-minute brioche, I forgot to say it’s more of a five-minute and five-day brioche. Five days where… Read More

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Au menu aujourd’hui – Les (pas si) classiques de mon enfance

By On April 7, 2011

[On the menu today – The (not so) classics of my childhood] Childhood memories are – more often than not – strongly related to food. The slice of store-bought chocolate marble cake… Read More