Friday, July 25, 2014

Sweet Findings


I can't believe that my puppy; Cooper is 19 weeks old already! I remember the time when we first brought him home. He was unwell, but he recovered really quickly! Cooper is a pure bred beagle, if you don't know. He is smart, cheeky, playful, naughty and such a darling! He loves SOCKS!

Ooops...sorry for going off topic... *grins*

Did you discover anything interesting this week? I have! Here are my sweet findings for the week!

1 - Oh NUTELLA! Want to make a Nutella Brownie with just 2 ingredients? It's SERIOUS! Or....if you prefer another way....
pic: thekitchn

pic: serious eats

3 - Looking for something to make for afternoon tea? Check these tiny palmiers! Aren't they cute?
pic: elephantineblog

pic: foodrepublic

5 - Love Waffles? Here's 10 waffle topping ideas for your Sunday brunch! 
pic: passionatemae waffles recipe

Happy Friday! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to create a dessert?

Show of hands who loves desserts?!!

pic: veja.abril 
Want to know how to create a dessert?? Thanks to the experts from the book "Cooking with Chocolate - Essential Recipes and Techniques", here's how.

"Creating a dessert involves using your heart, your imagination and your senses. A successful dessert of your own creation might conjure up a childhood memory, evoke a flavour, emotion, aroma, colour or shape that is meaningful to you and that will convey something to others."

pic: valrhonaprofessionals

Give it a try, maybe if we follow these 7 tips, we can be our own Willy Wonka!

1 - Your priority must be delicious food
Your creation should not elicit more questioning than pleasure. A dessert may be intriguing and awaken the desire to discern its various flavours, but this should never overpower the simple pleasure of tasting it.

2 - Remember to stay simple
Remember the old adage of the importance of leaving well alone. Sometimes, one is tempted to accumulate the ingredients rather than work towards a harmonious, balanced creation. It's important not to confuse complexity with originality. Try to limit yourself to three different flavours or five, at most, so that each one can be clearly defined.

3 - Work on the architectural aspect
An architect would never construct a twenty-story building without a foundation. Bear in mind when you construct your desserts. Logic dictates that you work from the most solid layer, at the base to the lightest at the top.

4 - But why play by these "technical" rules
Our love for certain ingredients might tempt us to dream up a nut nougatine atop a creamy, melting chocolate mousse. But stop! Take into account the mechanical reality. When you cut your dessert, you'll crush the mousse completely. It's quite simple all you need to do is place the nougatine between the sponge base and the mousse.

5 - Try creating a surprise 
Be audacious! Combine unusual and unexpected flavours. Create surprises with complementary textures and flavours - a hot soufflé with a cold sorbet, or a sour passion fruit jelly accompanied by a milk chocolate mousse for a note of sweetness.

6 - If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Another well-known adage, and true in the kitchen as well. If you don't get your dessert right the first time, it's not serious. Roll up your sleeves again, pick up your spatula and whisk and try again, rectifying an errors you might have made. It's not often that a professional manages to get it right the first time either.

7 - Combine technique and imagination
A successful dessert is the result of a fine balance between ideas and technique. When you have learned the basics, you can give free rein to your imagination. Technique is indispensable, but it provides only the foundation and the tools for your creativity.

pic: amazon

This book has so many beautiful recipes filled with AMAZING photos. These recipes - Homemade Pralines to a Bittersweet Chocolate Panna Cotta with Thai-style Lemongrass Foam to Manhattan Cappuccino sounds delicious! 

Seriously, even if at the end of the day, you don't make anything from the book, this book seriously makes a very good food porn coffee table book!

Happy creating! :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sweet Findings


Seriously, today was so windy, my hair was blown in all directions! Definitely not a very good day to wear a skirt or a dress. I hope you've been keeping warm too. 

Let's check out this week's sweet findings. Do you love to read? I enjoy reading novels, especially novels that has recipes or anything about food! Though I have not tried the recipes from the books below, I sure enjoy reading them.

1 - Have you read Jenny Colgan's collection? "Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe" or "Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams" or "Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe" ? I love these books. Below you can see she has other titles too. You've got to check it out yourself.
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2 - How about Tracy Madison's "A Taste of Magic"? Seriously, I was hooked! 
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3 - "If only everything in life was as simple as baking a cake...", written by Cathy Woodman; titled "The Sweetest Thing" is another one to read.
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4 - How nice it would be if you are part of "The Cookie Club"? Check out this number by Ann Pearlman.
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5 - Don't forget to also add this novel to your list, called "The Saturday Supper Club" by Amy Bratley.
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You can get all these books from Book Depository. Free Shipping! :)

If you have novels that you've read or would recommend, please share in the comments section. 

Happy Reading! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Recipes to Stay Warm this Winter

It has been pretty cold the past few days. How have you been keeping warm?

I have compiled a short list of recipes that you can make this winter!

You can use any stale bread - croissants, brioche, bread, buns. That's the beauty of it.

Oh My...looking for something STICKY? Try this pudding! It has just the right amount of sweetness and it is oh so MOIST!

Chocolate always warms the soul, so why not make some puff pastry. Those flaky crispy pillows, still hot and filled with delicious-ness.

Soup is good for you too...let's go for a sweet dessert soup to finish off the meal, shall we!

Happy Hump Day! :)