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ten-things-I-want-to-bake
Memories

Bonjour février

By On February 3, 2014

[Hello February] I’ve been catching up on blogs lately. A thing I hadn’t done in a while, and a thing I’ve missed doing. I’ve found some new treasures that will forever remain… Read More

apple cider cake
Pâtisserie

PS. We picked apples and made cider. Oh and an apple cake too!

By On October 20, 2013

One morning, we woke up to lights through the wooden blinds barely covering never-ending windows. Coffee got made. And we sat on the steps overlooking the garden. Early signs of autumn, drawn… Read More

kanelbulle
Memories

J’avais oublié – Kanelbulle

By On September 29, 2013

[I had forgotten – Cinnamon buns] I had forgotten about the smell of bonfires and forests; coffee made in a cast-iron pot, with as much water as we put ground beans. I… Read More

riz au lait
Pâtisserie

Rêveries – Riz au lait à la vanille et plus

By On April 2, 2013

[Daydreams – Vanilla riz au lait and more] It’s ten am. The wind is howling through the windowsill. And the rain battering against the glass. Yes, I’ve told you before, it’s my… Read More

sunday morning
Memories

Not just a Sunday afternoon

By On January 13, 2013

I could have turned this into a follow-up of a favourite feature: how to become a pastry chef? – the days off. But I guess you somehow get it. As a chef,… Read More

apple cake
Pâtisserie

But we had us – Un gâteau aux pommes et au cidre, un peu comme une tarte tatin

By On January 7, 2013

[A cider and apple cake, not unlike a tatin tart] There was that night made of champagne, flickering candles, crisps and smoked salmon sandwiches, the last of the foie gras smothered onto… Read More

parsnip ic
Pâtisserie

Pure morning – Burnt honey, vanilla, and parsnip ice-cream

By On September 27, 2012

It’s the light, a cold blue grey. It’s the window, adorned with pearls. It’s the wind, carrying the scent of moss and ocean. And just like you don’t even have to think… Read More

basil pdf
Pâtisserie

She fell in love with… #5

By On August 19, 2012

Guys, it’s eight pm. And I’m sitting in my bed. Looking at the sun playing hide-and-seek through the City. Perhaps, I took a picture with my phone. And one with my minolta… Read More

yogi-tea-cake
Pâtisserie

From me to you, Gaïa – Cake de voyage au yogi tea

By On June 29, 2012

[Yogi tea journey cake] It was the end of autumn and my days were spent on a farm, milking goats and making cheese. I met her. She had a name from the… Read More

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

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

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

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