Rhubarb and Mascarpone Créme Pâtissière Brioche Tart

Rhubarb and Mascarone Créme Pâtissière Brioche Tart Rhubarb and Mascarone Créme Pâtissière Brioche Tart

“Perhaps if I make myself write, I shall find out what’s wrong with me.” – Dodie Smith 

The quote sums it all. Of late, my mind has been drifting. From one consciousness, one reality, to another. It’s mad and strange. Beautiful and broken. I’m mourning loss. In more senses than human, or physical. Death has peered through the stark shadow, and her sighs drape the onyx lit sky. The seas whirl with turbulence, hurricanes of oceans and mind. The morning slips in front of the stars, and the opalescent light illuminates our world. And the landscapes continue to change. 

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Dark Chocolate Brownies with Rhubarb and Rose Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Rhubarb and Rose Ice CreamDark Chocolate Brownies with Rhubarb and Rose Ice Cream

“I am infatuated with private life, and with anonymity; perhaps even invisibility” – Joyce Carol Oates

June is showing itself to be cool and kind. In moments of weakness, I find comfort in the shallows and silence of morning tea, and in the flossed clouds of a pastel hued sunset. Sleep has become my lover, my amnesia, my opium. It’s a total disregard, a perhaps-narcotic to the perils of the mind that occasionally surface. This Winter, is already proving a time for hibernation. 

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White Chocolate and Tiramisu Doughnuts

White Chocolate and Tiramisu DoughnutsWhite Chocolate and Tiramisu Doughnuts

“What is to give light must endure burning” – Viktor E. Frankl

I’ve never really been down with all the food related holidays. Pies, cookies, popsicles. There seems to be a national food day to celebrate almost everything. It’s partly because I’m one of those people that find it impossibly hard to plan posts in advance. My cravings shift on whim. As does my styling and photography. It seems that the longer I sit on an un-published post, the more dissatisfied with it I become.

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Salted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked Cake | a collaboration with Matters of the Belly

Salted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked CakeSalted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked Cake

 

“We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.” – C.G. Jung

It’s just a short post but one I can’t wait to share. I’ve been travelling for the past few weeks – what originally was meant to be a one and a half week trip has extended into nearly a month away from home. Despite the challenging, surprising times – it’s been enjoyable. And I’ve gotten to experience and share many incredible moments and memories with many new and old friends.

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Toasted Sesame and Chocolate Cookie Cake with Tahini Halva Buttercream

Toasted Sesame and Chocolate Cookie Cake with Tahini Halva ButtercreamToasted Sesame and Chocolate Cookie Cake with Tahini Halva Buttercream

“…she would abandon her body to flow into a vaster body than her own, as it was at the beginning, and return with many other lives to be unfolded…” – Anaïs Nin

My baking is largely dictated by cravings and those come and go, just like the changing seasons. Unpredictable, that’s the word. Lately, my cravings have been drawn towards middle eastern flavours and spices. Ras el Hanout, plenty of it – in ice-cream, buttercream, brownies and on-top of my morning breakfast bowls. Tahini and Halva feature plenty. So too does Dukkah (the dessert kind), Figs and Honey

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Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Truffle Tart

Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Truffle TartDark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Truffle Tart

“Every Morn and every Night, Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to endless night.” – William Blake

I couldn’t resist sharing that Blake poem to go along with today’s post. Auguries of Innocence. It’s one of the first poems that I read, and one of the first that I truly could connect with. I remember adorning my blank pages with Blake’s words, painting the skies with his prose and becoming swept up in waves of a shared infatuation, desire and lunacy.

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