As you might have seen in earlier posts, I’ve started making recipe videos. Since the videos are in Chinese and I assume most of you don’t understand what I’m saying, I’ll also post the recipes in English. I made this Eton Mess for my second video last weekend.
I find it hard to express the tastiness of the dishes in Chinese, cause I’m just not a fluent Chinese speaker and it doesn’t come naturally (yet). So I wish I would’ve filmed the reactions of my roommates when they ate this dessert. They were having continuous foodgasms, with expressions of eternal bliss and producing sounds that probably made the neighbors frown.
I don’t know many desserts as easy and enjoyable as this one. So if you want to impress someone – maybe even let him or her moan
a little – with minimal effort, this is the dessert to make.
Here’s my new video in which I’m making Eton Mess.
Recipe will be posted in English later this week (without a video though).
For the last one and a half week I have been eating like a queen. Every meal I had was made by someone else – either served to me in a restaurant of bought from small food stalls on the street. Almost every single thing I ate was incredibly delicious and even though food in Beijing is much more expensive than in other parts of China, it still is very cheap compared to Dutch prices.
Yesterday I was scanning through some pictures I took from my last couple of weeks in the Netherlands – things I haven’t blogged about yet – and then I started missing Western food and cooking. When I saw the pictures of this tiramisu I got an instant craving for it. Me and my housemates had it as a dessert after this porchetta. I’ve added a little bit more limoncello than the recipe said and it gave the tiramisu a delicious lemony flavor without being too overpowering. It got us all pretty tipsy though.
Last week I bought a big bag of blueberries on the farmers market, so I made this blueberry-lime cake for one of my housemates and I made this one – but with the addition of blueberries – for another housemate. I have this feeling they’re going to lose some weight when I’m gone in September..
I have this long bucket list in my head with all the things I want to make and bake – some day. The items on that list all sound pretty delicious to me, but they end up there because they are not your (/my) typical put everything in a bowl, mix and pour it in the baking tin recipes. This sabayon recipe has been on the list since March, but I only gathered my courage to try it last Wednesday – I know, I’m really living on the edge. The thing with this recipe is this: it is dead simple. It’s like the easy recipes, but even without the oven time. You actually do put everything in a bowl and mix and except for slicing some strawberries into pieces, that’s all there is to it. So don’t let the fancy name or whisking egg yolks au bain marie scare you off and go make yourself this delicious dessert tonight.
Last Thursday was a very special day; my best friend from high school got married to the love of her life. The ceremony was just indescribably amazing and beautiful and the party afterwards was lovely relaxed and laid-back. The bride was terrified that it would rain on her big day, since the whole wedding would be outside and the weather forecast predicted a rainy day. A few drips started to fall when the ceremony started, but luckily the sun came through after a couple of minutes and the rest of the day was hot and full of sunshine. I’ve never seen a bride with a dress that suited her body and character so perfectly. The vintage dress was from the 1930s, came from the US and had been worn by other glowing brides before. As if the day wasn’t wonderful enough on its own, I had the honor of being her made of honor, which I thought was really special – I’ll always remember it.
As my gift for the newlyweds I made the sweets for the wedding. We didn’t do a big wedding cake, since these cakes often looks prettier than they taste nice. Since I knew the party afterwards would be pretty laid-back I just made a big feast of various small sweets – with large amounts of chocolate, as this was requested by the bride – and placed them onto nice cake platters. I didn’t bring my camera, but I hope the photographer has made some nice pictures. When I have these pictures I’ll show them you, but for now this is the only picture of the cakes that I have. It’s taken with a phone, so the quality is poor, but it shows the cakes before we placed them onto the platters.