Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crème pâtissière

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If I'm given the choice between chocolate and vanilla I wouldn't hesitate 1 second on choosing anything vanilla! 
2 years ago on our honeymoon in French Polynesia, we visited an amazing vanilla plantation on the Island of Raiatea (click here to see pics), I felt like a kid in a candy store, it was such a unique experience to see where these precious vanilla pods come from. We brought back quite a few pods from our trip and kept them vacuum sealed for them to keep their freshness and as I opened a pack for this recipe, they tasted just like when we picked them 2 years ago.

Here's a very simple creme patisserie recipe which I then used to fill little Christmas treats back in December (post to follow). 

Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
140g caster sugar
45g cornstarch 
400ml whole milk
2 vanilla pods
100ml heavy cream 

Method:
- In a sauce pan, bring the milk, heavy cream and split vanilla pods to a simmer, turn the heat off, set aside and let the mixture infuse for at least 15 minutes (picture 2,3,5)

- In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until they turn pale and subsequently  amalgamate the sifted cornstarch into the mixture (picture 6,8,9)

- Remove the vanilla pods from the saucepan (picture 10) and pour the egg mixture into it, whisking continuously bring the pastry cream to a simmer until the desired thickness is reached (picture 11,12,13)

- Place the ready custard in a bowl and cover with cling film directly on the pastry so that it doesn't form that unpleasant skin on the top (picture 14)

-Once the creme patisserie has cooled down, place it in the fridge and use to fill your favorite baked goods!

* Original recipe from Giallo Zafferano 


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cape vs Blanket

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*Left- Fendi Cape*Right- Valentino Cape - available at http://www.net-a-porter.com*  

1 week to go until we fly to LA for the holidays and I couldn't be more excited!
It's finally time to leave the summer clothes and sticky weather behind and think of wrapping up in some cozy knits.
Before I leave, I'm on the look for a cape coat and the more I search the net for the perfect one, the more I come across the " Cape vs. Blanket' trend, so as I make up my mind for the perfect LA weather cape or blanket coat, here are a few street style inspirations as well as my high street selection: 

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*1. H&M - 2. Zara - 3. Mango - 4. River Island - 5. H&M*


Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY glitter Christmas tree place cards


A quick and easy DIY to sparkle up your Christmas table:

-With a cutter, make a small incision on the top of the cone (this is where you will slide the name card) 

- Paint your cone shapes and sprinkle a generous amount of glitter while the paint is still wet, alternatively you may use liquid glue.

- Cut name cards in a rectangular shape and punch through the 4 corners of the cards with a decorative paper punch

- Slide the name card on top of the cone and enjoy your celebrations!











Thursday, December 4, 2014

Unwrapped :)


So this is what I've been keeping under wraps for the past 6 months :):):)
 A little bundle of joy will be joining our family at the end of March and hubby and I could not be more excited!
It is one of the reasons why there has been a lack of posts on the blog since July, together with a lot of traveling back and forth to Europe and simply because I've been in full baby mode and just not paying too much attention to blogosphere...
However December being one of my favorite months ( especially for baking) I thought it was time to dedicate some more time to posts as well as sharing this news!

In the picture above are some items from our first baby shopping, can you guess the baby's gender?! :)

xx

*Bumpie taken in November at week 19*