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Apple and Rose Pie & Buttermilk Honey Custard Pie with Lavender and Crème Chantilly

Apple and Rose Pie & Buttermilk Honey Custard Pie with Lavender and Crème Chantilly

“June and I have paid with our souls for taking fantasies seriously, for living life as a theatre, for loving costumes and changes of selves, for wearing masks and disguises. But I know always what is real. Does June?” – Anaïs Nin, December 30, 1931

The past few weeks have been spent in a turbulent state of desire and upheaval. My mind is thriving elsewhere. That’s for sure. I doubt it will ever arrive. I’ve never felt whole in any one place. It’s like this hybrid, this disassociated fragment of myself that I never could quite control, exists in an entirely different world. And then comes the night.

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Black Plum, Fig and Berry Pie with Brown Butter Oat Streusel

Black Plum, Fig and Berry Pie with Brown Butter Oat Streusel

“I elect something I can love and absorb myself in it.” – Anaïs Nin, Winter, 1931

February, my month of thwarted longing and despair. The dark days, the rainy days. The lucid dreams and wild silence. It felt like an eternity of feelings abandoned. Unwillingly becoming serenaded whilst the nocturnal melodies of mind trembled with the longing for somewhere else, someone else. You see, I fall easily. Feel easily. I’ve forged an entire career out of feeling too much. And in that moment, all needs become secondary. I lose, lose, lose myself. I have no desire for anything other than the thing that has it’s knuckles to my throat. And I accept it. And I live with it. And I wait for it pass. Until the next thing comes.

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Fleur d’Oranger Caramel Apple Pie

Fleur d’Oranger Caramel Apple PieFleur d’Oranger Caramel Apple Pie

Life is not so much invented as composed” – Peter Pereira from ‘What’s Written on the Body: Ravenna at Dusk’

8 months, max no more than 14. It’s my instinctual timeline of transformation, like unmeditated clockwork of mind happening between and only, those months. Usually it’s something minor, learning a new language, changing my prop collection, ordering an excessive amount of cookbooks. This time, it’s something slightly more prolific.

I threw out my things, I bought new things. I redecorated my room, again. It’s starker than minimal and in shades of grey and white. Elements of Scandinavian style, slight Japanese too. I discarded old furniture in the desire for blank space. I learnt to want for few things, but great things – like a Rick Owens marble bed. I’ve always wanted a Rick Owens marble bed. I bought another Pentax and re-organised cosmetics, discarding the ones that weren’t organic, vegan and packaged in aesop-styled attire.  

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Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

Strawberry Balsamic Slab PieStrawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

“I will soothe you and heal you. I will bring you roses. I too have been covered in thorns.” – Rumi

It’s no secret I’m quite the strawberry lover. Oh, and a pie lover too. There are quite a few recipes featuring both on the back archives, but none yet that have combined the two. That is until now.

The strawberries in Australia are amazingly beautiful at the moment…ripe, sweetly fragrant and very juicy. And a tonne of them fell into my lap recently. So naturally, I needed to use them up as fresh, seasonal strawberries tend to ripen all too quickly.

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Chocolate and Espresso Pudding Cream Pie

Chocolate and Espresso Pudding Cream Pie | butter and briocheChocolate and Espresso Pudding Cream Pie | butter and brioche

“My hours are married to shadow.” – Sylvia Plath, excerpt from The Colossus 

I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with you today. It’s no secret that I love using the rich and strong flavour of espresso in my cooking, and recently, more often than not, I have found myself incorporating it into more and more of my baked goods.

So, I was ecstatic when the kind people at Di Bella Coffee  reached out a few weeks ago with the proposition to create a recipe utilising their wonderful product. I immediately agreed – because not only do I love drinking their coffee but I also love baking with it.

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Dark Chocolate Mint Julep Pie

Dark Chocolate Mint Julep PieDark Chocolate Mint Julep Pie

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dalí

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of things I wanted to prioritise for 2015. I didn’t hold them as a set of resolutions that demand strict adherence or completion; rather I just wanted a set of goals to work towards which can guide along my year. Among those on the list, was a strong desire to learn how to bake a good pie.

Dark Chocolate Mint Julep Pie

Though I adore it, I have only ever made a pie once or twice in my life. I remember my first pie bite vividly. I was young – seven or eight, sitting in a cosy coffee shop with my mother, sharing a thick slice of rich chocolate pie as an after school winter reward. It seems like such an insignificant and distant recollection now, warm remnants of childhood past, but the memory has nevertheless stayed with me. And despite that chocolate pie shared being rather ordinary, that pie…has stayed with me too.

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