Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Friands with Fleur de Sel

Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Friands with Fleur de SelDark Chocolate Olive Oil Friands with Fleur de Sel

“How long have you been holding those words in your head, hoping to use them?” – John Locke

There’s a thin line between passion and obsession. And I always find myself crossing it. I’ve lived life by a fleeting string of obsessions. Things, Feelings. I can’t help myself. It’s easy to get carried away by opacus thoughts and ideas. Star-eyed dreamer, star-spangled lover. It’s the worst, or best, consequence of my personality. Everything is exciting, and I want to become lost in it all. 

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Créme Caramel Flan with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Créme Caramel Flan with Dulce de Leche Ice CreamCréme Caramel Flan with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

“Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” – Anaïs Nin

First off, thank you all for your support regarding the recent news that butter and brioche is a finalist in the Saveur blog awards. It’s incredibly humbling and I’m feeling so loved (voting is now open, and I would love if you could spare a moment to vote for butter and brioche). If time permits, I’m hoping to make it to New York for the announcement next month but it may be cutting it fine. Nervous in anticipation is an apt choice of words, because the future is so uncharted. 

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Golden Butter Cake with Pink Sea Salt Caramel and Honeycomb + a Saveur Nomination!

Golden Butter Cake with Pink Sea Salt Caramel and HoneycombGolden Butter Cake with Pink Sea Salt Caramel and Honeycomb

“I swim in the sky; I float; my body is full of flowers, flowers with fingers giving me acute, acute caresses, sparks, jewels, quivers of joy, dizziness, such dizziness.” – Anais Nin

Well, it looks like butter and brioche is a finalist in the ‘Best Baking and Sweets’ category for the 2016 Saveur Blog Awards! It feels so strange to say that. It’s been two relatively short years since I first started blogging. And I honestly did not expect this at all. These kind of dream-like ecstasies do not occur often enough. But when they do, the feeling is yet to be rivalled.

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Dark Chocolate Chunk, Rye and Sour Cherry Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dark Chocolate Chunk, Rye and Sour Cherry Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesDark Chocolate Chunk, Rye and Sour Cherry Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

“Perhaps the only difference between me and other people was that I always demanded more from the sunset; more spectacular colours when the sun hit the horizon. That’s perhaps my only sin.” – Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1

I spent this weekend in a technicolour dream. Baking, writing, creating. And then I received two amounts of crazy good news, that I cannot wait to share soon. It’s still all such a fantasy. And I made these Dark Chocolate Chunk, Rye and Sour Cherry Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches too. They were so good and went just as quickly as they arrived. And even though it’s the (not so)cool winter here at the moment, these ice cream sandwiches are something I can see myself eating, in any season.

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Café au Lait Macaron Cupcakes

Café au Lait Macaron CupcakesCafe au Lait Macaron Cupcakes 2

“You see what kills your body, but you don’t see what kills your soul.” – Lacey Sturm 

I feel like I’m on hiatus of late, waiting for something to show or someone to come. I can’t quite figure out who or what. And I for sure can’t figure out how or when. My current vices being impatience, frustration, and affliction. Making new lazing routines, like taking the day (more apt, the week) off, and counting the rain.

Attaching each isolate droplet to drought-eyed memories. And more often than not the occasional feeling of guilt surfaces. It’s a grievance, and seemingly stagnate. But perhaps, at this moment, it’s what I need. There’s a yearning with an unquenchable thirst attached to it all too. A hunger that isn’t a hunger. A deep craving for something that my subconscious desires, that I cannot, and will not, admit – never in private, not even in the dark.

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Smoked Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel Créme Brûlée Macarons

Smoked Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel Créme Brûlée MacaronsSmoked Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel Créme Brûlée Macarons

“The desire to go deep: to the depths of the night, the depths of love. Love: a gap in time.” – Marina Tsvetaeva

It feels both natural, and unnatural to be home again. Falling back into the rhythm and routine of daily life. The holiday is over – for now, at least, but the adventure – never. A few days back and it feels like we’ve never left home. Travel’s funny like that. The sensation and promise of escape is addictive. As soon as I return home, the travel bug bites again and I’m already planning another trip (or two in this case!). America in January, France in June. I can’t wait. I’m trying to fit in another trip for my birthday in November too. 

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