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The countdown started…

In one of the bookshop downtown, I stumbled upon gift wrap sheets from BeauMonde designed by Hanna Werning. And they look perfect for my Christmas presents.

Not really Christmas colours ?

Yes, I know and that’s why I like it ! As you know, summer starts to heat seriously the Southern hemisphere and these bright colours match much better the season than the traditional ones.

gift6Some people are under stress to organise their Christmas diner, I am for Christmas gifts. That doesn’t mean I get organised. I’m always and invariably late every year…!

Since I left home, more than I decade ago, I have to think about presents that are nor too big, nor too heavy and obviously not fragile as they will be shipped overseas… That’s a challenge, believe me.

But this year, I decided to make it simple. Everyone will get the same gift and to add variety, I customised the packaging.

Boxes are now ready, just need to place the gift in…

And what’s about you ? How is it going on on your side ? At least, I hope you have fun decorating your Christmas tree, shopping for the best gifts or simply enjoying this typical end of year frenzy !

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A Bout De Souffle…

I told you last time about the origami box. Since then, I had an idea, but had to experiment it first. I like it cause it’s economic, customized and simple.

Few days ago, I went to Moore Wilson, hoping that I will be able to buy for the sales, these little cake pans I was dreaming about for months…I was very disappointed ! There was in a corner, a kind of table dressed up on trestle legs, with a couple of items that nobody want to buy. And that was it for sales !

I came back home empty-handed…

I was thinking afterwards about it and remember that I’ve seen there, paper baking molds, embellished with golden pattern. A little bit like for cupcake, but thicker. So I decided to make my own from baking paper ! I know, you are probably thinking, this girl is a little bit weird ?! Doesn’t matter…

After making the star box I decided to play with the corolla. A blowing soufflé coming out would make it more fun than a simple cake and a contrasting color against the white paper too. Cocoa will be perfect. I have to thanks Donna Hay and her 38th issue for this inspiring idea. It’ll sound strange, but I’ve never ate any soufflé in my life. So it was now or never.

Despite their volcanic allure, I’m surprised how light it can be. The texture is very soft. I like it and I think I’ll do it again !
I’m also happy that the idea works. The cooking time is fast enough. The box remains in one piece -I did stamp egg yolk at the rear side of each junction under the petals to avoid opening. I baked them on the plate to have a warm surface. Don’t you think it’s a good way to surprise and entertain your friends for a dinner ?

So here is the recipe for cocoa and pistachio soufflé -yes, I could not resist to add these little gems in…

Makes 4

45g unsalted butter
4tbsp cocoa powder
3tbsp caster sugar
250ml milk
4 eggs
Pistachios, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 200°C // Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat // Add cocoa powder slowly and stir // Then pour slowly the milk stirring continuously until a thick and smooth batter // Add sugar // Remove from the heat and let it cool // Whisk in egg yolks // Whip (or with electric beaters) egg whites until firm peaks // Gently fold through chocolate sauce and combine carefully // Drop pistachios in // Fill 4 ramekins or 4 star-boxes // Cook for 18-20 minutes // Serve immediately

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