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 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Crafted Christmas Tree

Here we are. The week has finally come. The penultimate week of the year. The Christmas week.

Because it’s been ages I didn’t share a little crafted piece with you, I thought the Christmas tree of this year, would be a good excuse.
Simple, but more colourful than the one of last year. And bigger too, I should say. Much better to welcome more and larger presents at the same time !
And now, we’ll have to decide what will be in our plates for Christmas eve…

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Colour Paper balls
 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Paper Wreath
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Paper Christmas Tree

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© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Pineapple Gratin

Hope you all had a good week-end.
Here, it was a great one. After a full week of rain, the week-end held its promises and was all balmy and nice.
Enough to make one girl happy.

Two days, quickly spent, going to our usual farmers market, picnicking on the beach, crafting a Christmas tree and chatting for hours with my sisters on Skype…

Knowing how much I’m fond of pineapple, my little sister teased me with fresh and juicy slices she was nibbling on, while we talked.
On my side, I told her about my late disappointment that I turned into a surprisingly good dessert…

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coconut and Pineapple Gratin

Except bananas – Paprika seems unable to live without them- I rarely buy tropical fruits.
More often than not, I tend to be disappointed. I guess that’s because I’ve been spoiled during all my childhood eating fully ripped and sweet ones directly from the tree.
And the pineapple I recently bought, fell into this disappointing category. It was bland.

If baking tropical fruits is not always my first thought, this time, it was an option to consider. And that’s how this pineapple gratin with coconut milk and vanilla bean was born.
To be honest, the result exceeded my expectations. Paprika and I gave it the approval stamp and I filed it under ‘to bake again very soon‘…

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Pineapple Gratin Closeup

Coconut & Pineapple Gratin

375ml (1 1/2cup) coconut milk
2 egg yolks + 1 egg
90g (1/2cup) sugar + brown sugar for sprinkling
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 pinch salt
1 tbsp rum
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped

1 pineapple, peeled and sliced

In a saucepan, bring coconut milk to a boil, add vanilla seeds and then keep aside. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks and egg with sugar for a minute or until pale. Add cornstarch and whisk. Keep on whipping and slowly pour in hot coconut milk. In a saucepan over medium fire, heat the batter stirring continuously, until thick and creamy. Stir in rum. In a gratin dish or individual ramekins, arrange pineapple slices and spoon custard over fruit. Sprinkle with brown sugar on the top and grill (broil) until nicely golden.

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Take a Peek

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi TasteDec11XmasTable

The count down to Christmas has officially started. And here, we have kicked off the festive season with a beautiful Summer day -the very first one.
Back in october, you may remember I made allusion to projects I was eager to share with you. Today, I’m happy to tell them to you.

I’ve contributed to New Zealand magazine Taste. Currently on sale, the latest issue includes a Christmas table I’ve styled and photographed. For local readers, hope you’ll enjoy what you see and read !

And I’ve also been working for months on the making of an online portfolio, now launched. Please have a look.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Collage Portfolio

I would like to thank my dear Paprika for his invaluable work to make the website alive; my sister Sandrine for her constant support; Vanya Insull, Art director of Taste magazine, for her trust; and last but not least, You who have given me strength and faith with your good vibe and feedbacks. Thank you.

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