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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

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Sur un nuage

By On October 25, 2011

[On a cloud]

For days when the sky feels like a cloud, of the gigantic kind. And our homes are made warm with gas ovens.

I've yet found what dough will become a… Read More

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How to become a pastry chef?

By On October 19, 2011

I'm currently writing a series of posts on how to become a pastry chef.

What it involves on a day to day basis, what we do - whether we work in restaurants,… Read More

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Et des morceaux d’arbres tomberaient du ciel – Le cake très chocolat

By On October 18, 2011

[And pieces of tree would fall from the sky – The ultimate quadruple chocolate loaf cake] I plan to spend this autumn collecting dead leaves and horse-chestnuts, drinking coffees with warm mittens… Read More

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On summer secrets – Feta and lemon dip

By On September 29, 2011

This is what happens when it’s summer. Or at least when it feels like it. We swim in the sea, or more accurately, we’re forced by that wave which chose the exact… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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