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The Simple Way

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Labne Beetroot Salsa and Mint Tartine

Sometimes the best things are the simple ones.
Simplicity is underrated.
We live in a world that feels like a constant and endless auction and where less is more is not the mainstream.
Yet there’s a kind of beauty in simple things that more often than not attract me.
And what I share with you today is definitively easy. Yet tasty.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Labne Beet Salsa Tartine

I initially intended to prepare the drained yogurt to eat it in a savoury way. Which I did. Generously spread on sourdough toasts topped with a beetroot salsa and fresh mint.
Lunch, the simplest way.
It was afterward that I thought of having something sweet. And that’s how came the idea of another kind of truffle. Made of plain drained yogurt, nicely coated with pistachio and served with honey.
An effortless dessert made with a twist…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Pistachio and Labneh Truffle with Honey

Yogurt and Pistachio Truffle with Honey or Sweet Labneh

250g yogurt drained overnight in a muslin cloth (makes about 105g)
30g pistachio, freshly grind
2 tbsp of honey

With a melon bowler scoop the labneh and roll it gently between your palms to form a little ball. Roll each ball in the ground pistachio and place in a shallow plate. Pour honey on top before serving.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Labne with Pistachio and Honey


Dans les Rues de Paname

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Notre Dame

Our time in Paris has been synonym of retrouvailles.
We got reacquainted with the city and familiar places, that invariably brought back memories from the part of our life in the capital.
Our journey was also an occasion to meet family and friends we have missed for years.
Unbelievable how in such a short time frame as five years, so many things can change…
As a lovely coincidence, we returned on the exact day in the city where Paprika and I officially celebrated our union five years ago.
And to top it all, Paris gave us beautiful days…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Window Display Paris

During our stay, we walked. A lot. And we enjoyed cycling too. We liked how each way gives different perceptions of the city.
The architect in me rejoiced in that urban environment. Old or contemporary. The perspectives and details. The contrasting atmosphere from one quartier to another. And how the face of the city changes when comes the night…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Facades Quais de Seine Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris in Black and White
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Street Haussman Architecture
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Institut du Monde Arabe
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Bistrot Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Details floor and door
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Passage du Grand Cerf
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Street Tag© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris By Night Pont Neuf

It felt good to sit at the terrasse of cafes and watch passers by; drink apéro with friends while telling stories of our life; step into a boulangerie and bite into a good crunchy bread or a fresh viennoiserie; browse around market stalls for fresh fruits and vegetables and feast our eyes on pretty little cakes before having a taste.

All simple little pleasures…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Confiserie Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sweets in Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Fruits Candy and fresh
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sourdough Bread Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Market & Chouquettes

Time went by too quickly, but we had a lot of fun.

Unexpectedly, this trip was like an eye opener and pushed us to reflect on our life and what we want out of it.
Yes, travel broadens the mind…

Au revoir Paris…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sign Paris© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Old Peugeot Car

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sign Paris© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Tuileries Fair© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Tuileries & Rivoli
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Tuileries
All images © Viviane Perenyi

Coconut & Chocolate Steam Cake

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Steamed Coco and Chocolate Cake

After a very good time in Paris, Paprika and I are back in Magyarország -Hungary- enjoying the ever charming Budapest…

Before I’m able to share more about our trip, here’s a little sweet I’ve made a couple of weeks ago in my kiwi kitchen.

In my little notepad I had scribbled lamington.
The initial idea I had in mind. An excuse to use the light and crisp coconut chips I had in the pantry.
From there the idea evolved into this cake that requires no baking.

A steam cake with a subtle coconut flavour frosted with a generous chocolate crème anglaise and topped with the delicate curls of coconut chips…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Coconut & Chocolate Steam Cake

Coconut & Chocolate Steam Cakes (makes 6 little cakes)

120g rice flour
50g caster sugar
200ml coconut milk
4 egg whites

In a bowl mix together rice flour and sugar. Pour in coconut milk and and stir. In a separate bowl whip egg whites until firm peak. Fold gently in the flour mixture and combine to have an homogenous batter but still foamy. Grease well moulds with vegetable oil and pour the batter in (3/4 full). Steam for 25-30 minutes.

Chocolate crème (you will have more than needed for the cakes)
100ml coconut milk
50g dark chocolate
2 egg yolks
25g sugar

In a little sauce pan over low fire, warm coconut milk and chocolate. In a bowl, whip egg yolks and sugar until pale. Pour the hot chocolate and coconut milk over the eggs and keep on whipping. Pour the sauce back into the sauce pan and over low fire stir constantly until the sauce starts to thicken – between 5 to 10 minutes. When the desired consistency is obtained. Coat each cake with the crème and sprinkle on top the coconut chips.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Steamed Coco and Chocolate Cake

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