STRAWBERRY CURRANT MERINGUE CAKE

with coconut sablée crust. Stumbled upon another pastry chef online that I can be fascinated by now. Thank god his book only costs 200 Euros. NOT kidding. I wish I had unlimited baking supply and that book. Until then I’ll just incorporate and practice some of the techniques and recipes of his found online. This time I adaped some familiar recipes and tried this new coconut sablée one. Sorry this is all cake and fangirl talk here. It’s all I know to rave about besides music and gardening!

This cake made it into the vast office maze of allyouneed. If you ever need anything. Food supplies for instance.

PEACH PASSION FRUIT JAM

I just made this peach passion fruit jam tonight and am so excited about it that I can not find sleep nor go to bed. I so urgently wanna try the jam that is yet still cooling down for full flavour effect. I cooked sago starch pearls also, hoping for the jam to have interesting texture, on top of crunchy passion fruit seeds and sweet peach pulp.

HERBS

There is something in knowledge nobody can take away from you. It’s precious and serves for magical moments. Like being on a trip through a royal park and recognizing lots of herbs on the sides of the way for free, only if you knew. Whole bay leaf bushes and three beautiful types of sage were admired! The purple one really had me thrilled. Whenever cooking with them now, it will feel magical. As if cooking for Frederick II himself!

I SOMETIMES COOK
Note to self, eat more fish. It tasted great, a bit undercooked which later gave me some stomach ache. However, always so scared to buy fish. Even more so than buying meat because I feel so uncertain about where the fish is from. Or whether it’s an endangered species, or underpopulated. Overfished. The ocean is so mysterious.
Salmon with fresh potatoes, beet and horseraddish sauce.

I SOMETIMES COOK

Note to self, eat more fish. It tasted great, a bit undercooked which later gave me some stomach ache. However, always so scared to buy fish. Even more so than buying meat because I feel so uncertain about where the fish is from. Or whether it’s an endangered species, or underpopulated. Overfished. The ocean is so mysterious.

Salmon with fresh potatoes, beet and horseraddish sauce.

VIDEO

Just had to share this video, I sometimes get blown away by some cake making techniques. So sick. Found this video after actually looking up cake decoration robots. Totally unrelated. And then such handcraft wins it at the end of the day.

BEER PUDDING

Boiling down beer 87% and making a custard experiment. I’m so excited for this. It’s gonna be used as a pastry filling for a friend. More on this later, hopefully it tastes alright. Can only get better compared to the beer essence.

BREAKFAST
I usually don’t eat eggs for breakfast. However I was completely emptying out my fridge before going on a weekend trip. I know it was only three days but I like to keep this routine of cleaning the apartment and fridge before leaving. Just to find it all neat when returning. Compared to that, I really like my egg yolks anything but neat. The more runny, the better!

BREAKFAST

I usually don’t eat eggs for breakfast. However I was completely emptying out my fridge before going on a weekend trip. I know it was only three days but I like to keep this routine of cleaning the apartment and fridge before leaving. Just to find it all neat when returning. Compared to that, I really like my egg yolks anything but neat. The more runny, the better!

WHAT IS…
in my shopping bag? I thought I’d share this, since I was amazed how much fresh produce you’d get for little money. This will probably last me three weeks or a month (fresh bread added when needed). I figured my monthly costs for food are by far the lowest compared to some friends and family. And I am really curious to know why this is, or whether it is odd. I wonder how much more someone pays for ready-made food. Because in New York you’d probably have it the other way round, more costs cooking on your own instead of going out. Any feedback on this?

WHAT IS…

in my shopping bag? I thought I’d share this, since I was amazed how much fresh produce you’d get for little money. This will probably last me three weeks or a month (fresh bread added when needed). I figured my monthly costs for food are by far the lowest compared to some friends and family. And I am really curious to know why this is, or whether it is odd. I wonder how much more someone pays for ready-made food. Because in New York you’d probably have it the other way round, more costs cooking on your own instead of going out. Any feedback on this?

SEASONAL TART FLAMBÉE
I’m really good at buying seasonal produce. However, really bad when it comes to the MUST-EAT dishes of the season. If I am really lucky I get to cook asparagus twice a year, eat strawberries once, if super lucky I get to eat peaches, apricots, white peaches AND plums all in one year. Usually I tend to miss out on tomatoes (not a big fan overall) and pumpkin. So it’s a mystery to me how I got my hands on the first bottle of ‘Federweisser’. It’s the year’s first fresh wine put in bottles. Traditionally going well with a tart flambée. For occasions like that I seldomly buy meat products. Only then. Also, I had this dish two weeks ago and quit alcohol since then. Trying to stay sober for a while. Can only do me good, I guess.

SEASONAL TART FLAMBÉE

I’m really good at buying seasonal produce. However, really bad when it comes to the MUST-EAT dishes of the season. If I am really lucky I get to cook asparagus twice a year, eat strawberries once, if super lucky I get to eat peaches, apricots, white peaches AND plums all in one year. Usually I tend to miss out on tomatoes (not a big fan overall) and pumpkin. So it’s a mystery to me how I got my hands on the first bottle of ‘Federweisser’. It’s the year’s first fresh wine put in bottles. Traditionally going well with a tart flambée. For occasions like that I seldomly buy meat products. Only then. Also, I had this dish two weeks ago and quit alcohol since then. Trying to stay sober for a while. Can only do me good, I guess.