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Monday, 23 January 2012

Red fruits Mille-feuilles with its white chocolate mousse

In 2007 with my husband (then boyfriend) and I decided to try making a new dish every Sunday. The idea was to avoid routine, discover new recipes and tastes. Unfortunately it lasted only for a month or two. Now we still try to make new things but not on such a regular basis. Have you seen the film Julie and Julia with Meryl Strip? I definitely recommend it! In this film Julia Powell decides to cook and bake all the recipes of her favourite cooking book (Julia Child's) in one year and she blogs about it. We got Julia Child's Cooking Book for Christmas 2010 but not the time to take up such a challenge ;) - Maybe one day though we will manage to challenge ourselves to do more cooking and baking (I usually do the baking and my husband the cooking).

Anyway, I will just present you the first recipe that I experimented in 2007 (I do not remember where I got the recipe from... somewhere online on  a French website, but I am giving you the translation).

Red fruits Mille-feuilles with its white chocolate mousse

(Serving four)     
Preparation time:     30 min
Baking time:              10 min
Resting time:             2 hours           
Ingredients :                     
* 25 cl liquid cream
* 150 g white chocolate
* 1 egg                        
* 3 cl white rum                     
* 250 g puff pastry                 
* 250 g fresh strawberries                     
* 150 g white and black currants         
* 50 g powder sugar                   
Preparation :         
* Whip up the cream into chantilly and put it in the fridge. Break the chocolate in small pieces and melt it in a double-boiler or in the micro-wave.

* Put the egg in a bowl and whip it on top of another double-boiler until it has a cream-like consistency. Take it off the hob and carry on whipping to cool the cream. Mix together the melted chocolate, the rhum and then the chantilly. Put about two hours in the fridge.

* Pre-heat the oven (200°C or 170°C if you are using a fan assisted oven). Butter the oven dish. Unroll the pastry on a floured working area. Split the pastry in 12 squares without (!) cutting it completely. Place a grid on the pastry and put in the oven (mid-height) for 10 minutes.

* Wash and dry the strawberries, cut them in halves. Wash the currants and mix them with the 50g powder sugar. Then put it through a sieve. Take the pastry out of the oven and cut the 12 pieces.

* On four plates place a piece of pastry, cover with chocolate mousse and then some strawberries. Cover with another piece of pastry, again with mousse and strawberries. Finish with a piece of pastry. 


* Sprinkle generously with powder sugar and serve with the currant coulis.

Bon Appétit!

Remark: I do not remember why I did not make the currant coulis, it probably tastes lovely! And my mousse was far too liquid. In my defense though I have to say that we did not have really decent cooking stuff back then.

Friday, 13 January 2012


Nothing very new at the moment, just trying to slowly work on the Baby book project which I started when I was pregnant but it is rather long (a lot of hand embroidery). Moreover we are in the process of moving house, so in the next month or so I will probably only show you things I have made some months or even years ago.

To start with: jewels. This is something I started doing when I was about 10 years old, more or less successfully (usually not even daring giving it to someone!). But those two sets were made for my sisters:

 It was no big deal really since the only thing I really made was to assemble the earrings. Unfortunately also some of the small stones of the green set broke, I will have to make a new earring at some point. But I don't even know if my sisters ever worn them ;)

The part of the set I prefer is the necklace stone, especially the green one, it looks amazing!

I think the next post I will try to write will be about food. It has been too long since I've had something about cooking (actually nothing at all except for the green crêpes I believe).

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Best toy in the world!

Every parent knows that when making a present to a baby the toy itself is not going to be of interest to the child... What matters is the wrapping paper and the colourful strings! Nevertheless we always give them presents (which they enjoy only when the papers and strings are thrown away). And this is how for Baby N. first Christmas, I bought and made her some toys but ended up making an extra one on Christmas day after she had (with our help) opened her presents:

 A shiny paper, two ribbons, two minutes of my time and we had a happy Baby N.!!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Happy 2012 everybody. May this year be filled with health, success and happiness!