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

Macaron Ispahan

My mom is adorable. Everytime I visit home she works on this massive spread of all my fave dishes way before my arrival, something new for every lunch or dinner. Hence, I love visiting home. I get my laundry done, I wear my old pyjamas and laze about all day long, I snooze on the … Continue reading

Vanilla Macarons

Vanilla is boring. It’s great. But it’s boring. I had been massively looking forward to the macaron making pastry class. We started off excitedly cooking up colours and combinations in our heads and then baking the macaron doughs. Amongst some of the ideas we had: white chocolate & raspberry, passion fruit, blackcurrant, and balsamic vinegar. … Continue reading

Menu Picardie: Chocolat-Caffè Macarons

This was the least exciting regional menu we’ve done. I was still hungry after our five courses as I was so disappointed and was craving KFC. It was just my sodding luck that I’d invited N&D along for lunch at school when we had prepared the dullest menu ever. There were of course some bits … 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

Crème Caramel and Mousse au Chocolat

I used to be rather fond of those boxed brownie or cake mixes. Betty Crocker brownies were so very convincing that I’d sell them at my high school’s bake sale to little pudgy gluttons. Creme caramel mixes weren’t too bad either. They had a strange gelatinous, yet creamy texture and a very un-caramely taste which … Continue reading

Génoise with Coffee Buttercream Frosting

I was initially feeling buckets of sympathy for the patisserie students while I was whipping buttercream and génoise by hand. Twenty minutes of whipping, messing it up and not getting a buttercreamy consistency, and then starting all over again. Another twenty minutes of whisking the génoise and not getting a ribbon-like consistency, and then starting … 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

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