Wednesday, 24 November 2010

How to ...

make calissons ...Calissons are traditional French sweets consisting of candied fruit like melons or oranges and ground almonds. They are almost always topped with a layer of royal glaze. They look like marzipan but they taste fruitier. Calissons are traditionally linked with Aix-en-Provence in France.

I mixed apricots with almonds, a teaspoon of honey and icing sugar until I got a paste that I could roll out on a plate. Try to roll the paste until it's a little less than 1 cm.
Then use any circular shape form to make the cut-outs and cut each circle again into almond shaped mini pastries. Let them rest for a night and top them off with tick icing paste and decorate with edible goodies from your local cupcake store ...
Enjoy !

Monday, 22 November 2010

This is why I love Winter more than heatwaves

Fact : I really like Fall and Winter.
It makes my dresschoices easier as I'm a scarfaddict, love love love wintercoats.
I totally get high on a crisp and cold morning ; it saves us women on blusher, makes you walk a bit faster so you've got yourself a little excercise surplus !
Doesn't your coffee taste better in November ? I know mine does !
Doesn't everything look more beautiful ? It's like we all have to replace the natural beauty of Summer by artificial, over-the-top extra's ...
Look at the packaging on your regular beerflask ; somehow someone decided to add a bit of Christmas to it. Little extra's are available and I crave panettone every single day from November till January. Lights are hung in our streets ; heaters to protect people that smirt outside when it's like -2°C.
I'm pretty veggie during Spring and Summer ; heat and meat don't combine well in my body but hey, I make up and stock my body with extra iron once November starts.
What's your fave thing during these 2 last months of the year ? Or do you really hate Winter and feel a bit depressed ?

Saturday, 6 November 2010