A Royal Tea Party

I’d never have thought I’d be so into all this Royal Wedding frenzy but I got sucked right in, and decided to host a Royal Wedding Tea Party in honour of Kate and Wills. The main objectives for watching the wedding on telly rather than getting squashed amongst hordes were the following: 1. Clean loo … Continue reading

Death by Chocolate Macarons

Font styles – Palatino Linotype? Italics? Size? Colours, paper GSM, orientation? Oh and the wording on every bleeding insert, and that’s just the wedding invitations. Then there were sarees. SO MANY SAREES. In all-sorts of colours I’d never even heard of…until I went saree shopping that is. Not pink, but onion pink. Not orange, but … Continue reading

Tarte Citron and Tarte Chocolat

Tartes are nice. They are especially nice at lunch-time, tea-time or dinner-time. All the time. Even though they pack in a calorific punch, a tarte citron slice is really pleasing after a heavy meal. Besides, there’s still room for chocolate in my belly. Our patisserie class this week was eventful. We made pate sucree (sweet … Continue reading

Alumettes and Petites Parisiennes

They say practise makes perfect. Or at least, better. Puff pastry the second time round was way better. There are few more pointers to keep in mind: 1. Try keeping the edges as straight as possible. This can be done by marking the edges with the rolling pin pressed down hard before rolling the dough … Continue reading

Millefeuille

The new sofa is warm and cozy like a mother’s womb. It envelops me right into its soft welcoming cushions and transports me away to a heaven made of wool and feathers. It makes the entire arduous eight week long process of getting permission and keys to open the front gates and for using an … Continue reading

Quiche Lorraine and Tarte à l’Oignon

I’m totally psyched and nervous about tomorrow’s dinner service – my first taste of a real kitchen, serving real people. Yes of course it’s made by students and all, and we may not be at Ducasse levels yet, but it’s a LOT of food. We had a two and a half hour briefing session with … Continue reading

Choux Pastry with Mocha Cream

I wanted to gauge my eyes out due to sheer boredom today. After having looked forward to our patisserie class for two weeks now I was in for a super disappointment today. We made choux pastry – Yei! One recipe in five hours – Nei. Any half-witted monkey could’ve nailed this by following the recipe … Continue reading

Tarte aux Pommes avec Pâte à Foncer

Our first patisserie class today had a very different atmosphere to our usual cuisine frenzy – sifting flour calmly, people humming along while rolling dough, slicing apples leisurely…all very different to the rush, speed and fervency of the cuisine kitchen, but having its own pleasant energy. And there were some super cool gadgets in there … Continue reading

Christmas Chow

Hi, I’m back after my bezzie’s wedding in India. The bride and groom were fabulous, catching up with loads of old pals from school was awesome, seeing the Taj Mahal with my N&D was totally wow, the food was outstanding, and the runs could’ve been done without. It was really no surprise why so many … Continue reading