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Brioche Doughnuts with Matcha White Chocolate Glaze

Brioche Doughnuts with Matcha White Chocolate GlazeBrioche Doughnuts with Matcha White Chocolate Glaze

December. This heart full of tears and of night.” – Albert Camus, Notebooks.

The tree is up. The balsam branches wildly twinkled with warm lights, hints of gild. There’s tapered candles, and wood, woven stockings hung on brass animal-esque ornaments. I could go on and on, but I won’t. It’s become hard to embrace the Christmas season. Not, because I don’t love it…I do, trust me, I do. It’s more that, lately, I’ve been feeling like there’s something missing, something I’m so desperately desiring to experience.

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Chocolate Walnut Brioche Babka

Chocolate Walnut Brioche BabkaChocolate Walnut Brioche Babka

“How I wanted to be that sky – to hold every flight and fall at once.” – Ocean Vuong, from Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Some context, this post is currently being written from the onyx-lit sky on a red-eye flight, the passing moments becoming etched into memory of mind. Red eye, perhaps the only time I can use that word in all it’s euphemism and glory. I delicately fear flying. Not for all the ways you’d think. I can’t sit still. Ever. There’s too much to do. It’s in my fear of ticking time passing. It’s the feeling of becoming stagnate. It’s uncomfortable. It’s feelings and emotions all tied up in a single destination – New York

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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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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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Chocolate Coffee Tarte Tropezienne

Chocolate Coffee Tarte TropezienneChocolate Coffee Tarte Tropezienne

“Everyone in me is a bird. I am beating all my wings.” – Anne Sexton, from ‘Love Poems’

When I think of French cuisine, hundreds of ingredients, flavours and recipes spring to mind. And when I try to develop a list of personal favourites, it seems impossible. You see, there are just too many good feelings that I associate with French cooking and eating. But if I did have to make a short list of delicious favourites, a classic Tarte Tropezienne would be right up the top of my list.

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Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Brioche Wreath

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Brioche WreathBrown Sugar and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Brioche Wreath

“Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I’m heavy, like there’s too much gravity on my heart.” – Sarah Ockler

I never really know how to answer when people ask me what my favourite thing to bake is. The question does come surprisingly a lot. Usually, I just answer with my most recent decadent and indulgent creation. Something that’s sure to impress. But when I really think about it, I do have a favourite thing to bake. And it’s a humble loaf of brioche.

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