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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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Pink Champagne, White Chocolate and Rose Layer Cake

Pink Champagne, White Chocolate and Rose Layer CakePink Champagne, White Chocolate and Rose Layer Cake

There are stars in your dark side, brighter than the sun.” – Andrea Gibson.

Layer cakes are happening more than usual in my kitchen. It’s to be expected though, willingly or not, the holiday season of extravagance – is upon us. It’s an occasion deserving of cake, a sparkling Pink Champagne Layer Cake made even more decadent by the addition of White Chocolate and Rose. It’s so perfect for a celebration. 

What’s strange is that champagne has never been my celebratory drink of choice. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always shunned any kind of forlorn tradition that deemed what I should be, do…drink. It’s definitely part of my subconscious superiority (or subjective inferiority) complex that seems to permeate through everything I do. It’s a precipice, and I’m slowly working on it. It will forever be xo café patrón that I turn too to make my heart sing. But champagne in baked goods? It’s something extra. I’m hooked, completely and utterly. 

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Dark Chocolate, Raspberry and Nougat Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry and Nougat Ice CreamDark Chocolate, Raspberry and Nougat Ice Cream

I could be healed by the sheer courage of continuing to live. I could heal myself” – Anaïs Nin, Henry and June

I didn’t anticipate a lot of things about the life I’m living now. I didn’t anticipate how I could turn something I love doing into a quotidian lifestyle. I didn’t anticipate all the experiences had, memories created and the people met along the way. And I sure didn’t anticipate how I could travel doing what I love, often. 

The past month saw me travelling to New York, to the Middle East, then to Sydney. All-in-all, over a month away from home. The next few months will see me going abroad again too, back to America and then to Europe. It’s becoming a regular pattern, being away for extended periods of time. And even when I am ‘home’, it’s far from me.

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