Petite Apartment In Paris

It was love at sight when I saw this listing on Airbnb. The interior was so chic, clean and cozy.  I especially adored the little loft that the bed was nestled in. Located on the 6th floor (technically 7th, since it starts from level 0), it has a great view from both its own window and the window just outside the apartment, along the stairwell. The walk up as you can imagine, is always a little tough.. But I took it as exercise to burn of the pastry I ate throughout the day. Carrying your luggage up and down can be abit of a struggle, but to me, it was very worth it. 

The kitchen and bathroom are located just under the loft. The kitchen has all the necessities you need, including a microwave, fridge, oven and washing machine. 

Over the railing on the other side of the loft (in view in the first photo), you can see directly into the shower and wash basin area. Thankfully, no view of the toilet bowl. And surprisingly, no whiff of it either, if you know what I mean. Hur hur. 

The bed was so comfy and cozy, I found it difficult to wake up. With a small window up on the ceiling above the bathroom, the whole apartment was well lit and well ventilated and the small breeze that occasionally came through allowed me to snuggle in nicely beneath the covers.

While Paris did not win my heart, this apartment did very much. It was so comforting to stay in that I would look forward to coming back at the end of the day. So if you’re ever in Paris, I do recommend this petite apartment

  
    
    
 

FIG TOASTS WITH BUTTERED HONEY

Fig, Thyme & Honey

When I saw the photo of this dish on the cover of Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady, I knew I had to try making it myself. Anything with fresh figs is very appealing to me because it is, to me, considered a very rare and not to mention, very expensive fruit. Being able to get my hands on fresh figs on the first day of my trip here was like finding gold… which may sound pretty sad to alot of people out there… but when a small box of 4 figs cost 12 Singapore dollars in the supermarket… the rush of buying 4 for 2 Euros is electrifying. A little over the top emotionally, but I speak the sacred truth. lol.

So if you get to lay your hands on a fig or two, you should definitely make this dish as well. It’s sweet and savoury at the same time and the taste is out-of-this-world good. Plus, very easy to make. So no excuses on not having the thyme to do it. hurhurhur. Sorry, I had to.

FIG TOASTS WITH BUTTERED HONEY
Serves 4

2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Sprigs Thyme, or 1 or sprig rosemary, plus more for garnish
3 Tablespoons HOney
Flaky Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
6 to 8 Slices of Sturdy Grain Bread
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for Drizzling
4 to 6 Fresh Figs
Stilton to serve (optional)

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with the thyme. Once the butter is fluid, pour in the honey. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook, swirling the pot often until combined and bubbling thickly, 1 to 2 minutes. Set asisde.

While the honey and butter are simmering, grill or toast the bread, with a few drops of olive oil brushed on each side. Slice the figs thickly and arrange in mosaics upon the toasts. Use an offset spatula or the side of the blunt knife to squish the figs into the toasts, so that the flesh spreads and softens.

Pluck the herbs from the honey and discard. Drip the syrup onto the figs from a height, twirling and circling the spoon so that the oney falls in sweeping arabesques. Season the toasts with more salt and pepper and a few fresh herb leaves. Serve right away, alone or met with a wedge of stilton at the table.

ENJOY!

Fig, Thyme & Honey

My Birthday Cake

Strawberry Shortcake

I don’t know if it’s normal for someone to make their own birthday cake… even if that someone might be a baker. I figured I would use the excuse to bake with the tiny strawberries which I have only ever seen here in the Netherlands. While very adorable, the strawberries are very sour, so I cooked them with sugar to make strawberry compote that was place in between the layers as well as on top. Made such a difference!

Frosting the cake was a little tricky because I didn’t have a frosting stand, but it worked out pretty good, thankfully. Definitely need to remember to buy one before the Organic Market I’m going to be part of next weekend! But more on that on a future post… hopefully!

After blowing out the huge sparkly candle on the cake, the extended family and I had a small slice of cake each. The double dinner before that probably wasn’t such a good idea… but I can’t say no to homemade Indonesian food and then pizza. Seriously.. who can?! It was a great 29th birthday dinner!

Happy New Year!

cakeshnyI love being inspired by what other people do.
Linda Lomelino has been a huge inspiration for the longest time and after reading her book, my head has been spinning… in the best way possible.

So thanks to her,
I’ve finally come up with a few new cakes to welcome the new year.
The lemon cake and the walnut coffee cake
are two of the three new cakes M&M will be offering.

To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of some of the cakes and frosting
Linda makes, in her recipe book. So these new cakes are more inspired by her flavour combinations, more so than the actual cakes. Just wanted to make that clear, if not everyone would think  I’m blatantly copying her. Blargh.

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cakes-76872 014 has been a rocky year for me and M&M.
It started off really quite horribly, but it ended on a better note as compared to last year.
In between there were ups and downs, a lot of lessons learnt…
And I’m feeling more motivated than ever to push forward and bulldoze through 2015 with great fervour. Whatever happens, at least I know I’ve given it my all.

And as for this blog..
no promises on how much time I’m going to spend on it.
Hopefully, my love for it rekindles bit by bit again.

Happy New Year my loves~
May the new year bring about more exciting and happy times!
Never stop chasing your dreams.
Never stop wanderlusting!
xx

Merry Christmas

christmascakes3There’s something about me and decorating cakes.
It’s like yoga, without the pain. :)
Zen.
My favourite choices of decoration for the festive season:
Rosemary,
Lavender
& Dried Lemons.

I don’t know why, but I’m never quite sure how I’m going to design or decorate a customized cake until I see it. I do it McGuyver style, finding things in the fridge, on the shelves (no worries, all good stuff of course), basically anything that might look pretty together on a cake.

Rustic is the new beautiful I tell you!

christmascakes1Lime Yoghurt Cake / Earl Grey Lemon Cake with Fresh Cream & Fruits.

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christmascakes2My personal favourite version of the Red Velvet cake.

Merry Christmas my loves!
Hope you’re having a fantabulous time!
xx

DON’T LISTEN

My brother bought me a Christmas present
Dominique Ansel
The Secret Recipe

A particular part of the book felt so relatable to me,
I nearly started tearing after reading.
It inspired me so much.
Hope it might inspire you too.

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Chapter 3
DON’T LISTEN

My parents tell me that the first word I ever said was “yes.” Of course, I may have been trying to say something else, since I was sputtering all sorts of unformed noises at the time. But I like to think it is true, and I often wonder what it was that inspired me to break my silence.

I live by the rule that if you don’t have anything worthwhile to say, you shouldn’t speak at all. But perhaps one of the quietest times of my life took place when I first started my own bakery.

It took just seven of the most backbreaking, sweat-drenching, and utterly frustrating weeks from the time I left my previous job at Daniel until the opening day. During that entire period, despite the fact that I was trying to build my vision, I was silent. Something within me withdrew into the solitude of my infant days.

As it turned out, it was a lot easier to not speak than it was to not listen. Everyone else had something to say about my next step.

“You should focus on selling sandwiches,” one person suggested. “People don’t buy pastries these days. They’ll buy sandwiches during lunchtime. That’s where you make money.”

“You should make cupcakes,” another recommended. “It’s New York! People love cupcakes.”

“Lower the prices,”said one
“Increase the prices,” suggested another.

There I found myself, at the beginning of the next stage of my career, and I could barely hear my own thought about the chatter of everyone else’s. I understood that their advice was well intentioned, but I knew I had to decide the way forward for myself. I needed to learn how to not listen.

The world speaks only to what has already happened: tales of those who have already succeeded, those who have already failed. Advice is based on history rather than possibility. And only when you stop listening do you stop imitating and start creating…..

Take a moment with me and try not to listen. Dig within yourself to find the things you deeply care about and believe in. And when you hit upon what inspires you the most, the doubt with dissipate. The right path will be clear. And you will break your silence with a resounding “yes.”

Wedding Weekend

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When you really like the couple, you feel extra motivated to do more and the best you can to make sure their happy with what you can do for them on their special day.
Even though I’ve been so stressed out with all the financial strains of running a small but extremely costly business, seeing the finished table setup, made me remember why I started it all in the first place – “to bring joy and happiness to other people“.
The exact words one of my best friends, Cheryl had said to me just this morning.

Thank you Cheryl.
Thank you Jeremy & Sarah.
Thank you Zhicao & Dawn.

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Simple Philosophy

 

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If you’re lazy with your skincare regime just like I am, you’ll appreciate the Purity cleanser from Philosophy. Easy around the eyes, it removes all your makeup while cleansing your face. No more cotton pads and eye makeup remover! Well, at least on a more casual-makeup sort of day, that is. Plus, its like a almost-500ml bottle for a decent price.Totally worth the money. Christmas present option anyone?

P.S This is not a sponsored post. I just really love this sh*t.