Marking a Milestone: Chocolate Whipped Cream Cookie Sandwiches

March 31st, 2014

chocolate wafer cookies with lemon cream

Dear readers,

I'm back! Apologies for my extended absence, as the last few weeks were given over to finishing edits on my third cookbook. It's with a sense of relief and anticipation that I let go of the manuscript, and let the publisher take over. I'm looking forward to sharing more about the book as it gets closer to release...stay tuned for more details!

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{Review}: Sweet Subscription Boxes (and a Giveaway)

March 7th, 2014

cococlectic 24 blackbirds

I love getting things in the mail. Growing up, I was obsessed with the book/stamp/sticker/etc of the month clubs and heading out to the mailbox every day in anticipation of packages for me. Now the modern version of those clubs, subscription boxes, are calling my name. Hey, on the days I’m at home with the baby, a package on your doorstep is a big event, know what I mean?

Although there are subscription boxes for pretty much every interest and need imaginable, there weren’t any sweet-related ones that really caught my eye. However, recently I was introduced to two sweet subscription boxes that impressed me with their quality and creativity. Happy surprises at my door, indeed!

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Kouign Amann with Praliné Noisette

February 24th, 2014

kouign amann praline noisette

Kouign amann: this tongue-twistingly named pastry is also one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten, and seems to inspire such instant devotion wherever it pops up. Essentially an amped-up croissant with lots of extra butter and sugar added in, this pastry is not for those without a sweet tooth, or plenty of stomach space! Although kouign amann comes from France, its name is from Breton, which is a Celtic language. This pastry is a specialty of Brittany, where the Bretons settled after emigrating from Great Britain, way back in the 6th and 7th centuries. The name translates to “butter cake”; although the traditional form of kouign amann is indeed a large round “cake”, most of the ones I see today are individual-sized versions baked in small tart rings.

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Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

February 6th, 2014

penelope bird pink ombre birthday cake

A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly!

I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable!

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Pierre Hermé Hong Kong – Macaron Heaven

January 15th, 2014

pierre herme box lineup

One of the highlights of my visit to Hong Kong was a long-awaited reunion with one of my favorite patisseries: Pierre Hermé. While the macaron craze seems to have leveled out in the US, it’s going strong in Hong Kong. Ladureé and La Maison du Chocolat, among others, have already opened branches in Hong Kong, but Pierre Hermé remained tantalizingly out of reach. For the last few years all I had was my visit to Paris and a class in New York to sustain me. I was over the moon when I learned that Hermé was finally opening shop in Hong Kong, as it’s so much more accessible to me than Paris or Japan. His first store opened in the IFC mall in Central in May 2013; his second store quickly followed in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, in November, right before I arrived.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Mango Mousse Cake

January 8th, 2014

mango mousse rose

Happy 2014! I hope you all had a great holiday and are staying warm and cozy wherever you are. Now that the business of 2013 is done, I’m looking ahead to this year and a fresh set of to-dos.

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