Delicious cake au beurre

October 4th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (25 Comments)
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In the world of French language the word “cake” doesn’t refer to your typical kind of layered cream cake, but rather to a pound cake. The quatre quarts cake, absolute epicenter of the French cake culture is what you learn to bake when you grow up along ironing and sewing (yes! I did sew some … Read more

Jammin’ with the Roses!

July 9th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (11 Comments)
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The following post has been published in 2010, when we had the visit of Chef Helal in our kitchens. After the hacking of my blog, all the photos from this post were lost along with many others… I re-did the jam today because I think it’s really worth sharing such an interesting recipe. Also, I … Read more

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Throughout my young age, I have been convinced that the beignet au fer my Grand-Ma was making were one of the deepest gastronomic heritage our region of Switzerland ever had and of course… I was wrong. What triggered my brain cells to awake at this busy time of the year is Chef Jorge Gonzalez from … Read more

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It all started with Sonia, as she was yet again, on her way to visit us here in Hong Kong… Sonia is addicted to Nutella, which I can totally relate to as I am in love with the delicious chocolate spread myself, but lately, I have been questioning if Nutella the best we can do … Read more

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Summer is in the air and with it, the first fresh stone fruits are making their way to our pastry! Simplicity must be part of everything I create. Not out of any laziness to accomplish the most complex blend of flavor or the most beautiful display of art ever created, but simply because I put … Read more

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Last week, when I posted that photo, tons of people asked me for the recipe, but also many of you told me how popular cornflakes cookies were in some part of the world. Then I searched the web to see what other people had done and there are hundreds of different recipes, including many of … Read more

Biscuit Japonais a la coconut

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (31 Comments)
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During my apprenticeship (many moons ago) one very popular petit gateau was called Japonais, which literally translates in English as “Japanese”. The other day, I was reading random tweets and found one speaking of that very same Japonais pastry. I was so surprised that someone actually still talks about it! I did a quick search … Read more

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While Europe breaks all the sub-zero temperature records in history, we’re harvesting organic strawberries on this side of Earth! We’ve just started getting a great and steady supply of homegrown organic strawberries from Zen Farm. Delicious, beautiful and local to the point where I had to create seasonal desserts with it! Generally speaking, strawberries are … Read more

Microplane grater, 100% Peruvian Cacao!

The way Willie talks about his chocolate and the whole enthusiasm around it in his TV show has always left my mouth watering. The problem is that I could only imagine how his “world class” chocolate would taste… and licking the TV screen didn’t help much! And so, being on the other side of Earth … Read more

The frozen oil in blocks

Thinking about the next dessert you are going to prepare to impress the neighbors? Here is a little hint that is actually going to be a fairly big for the 2012 food trends. Something that is locally grown, fresh, healthy and innovative in desserts. Fresh herb infused oil. I know. You just wanted to click … Read more

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Reading about the virtues of ingredients often keeps me in absolute awe when finding out what Mother Nature has created for us, and yet, most of the time we barely know about it. Ginger is the cure of many illness, yet, it is prominent in arthritis treatment and most of all motion sickness and nausea. … Read more

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Egyptians probably never imagined what they discovered when they started using the ancestor of baking soda to clean their floor! Baking Soda Sodium bicarbonate is indeed widely used in today’s baking, be it in quick breads, cookies, muffins, cakes or confectioneries. Unlike other leavening methods such as the biological natural yeast or by the physical … Read more

Done!

With fresh roselle available on the local market shelves, I was poised to create. Yet, as I dug into countless websites, books and other magazines, I couldn’t find much recipes beside ice tea. Fresh roselle and raspberries The last time we had roselle was in its dried form and it had a nice and balanced … Read more

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