Cake. CAKE.

Hello sweeties,

2 weeks ago, it was my birthday. And I decided to bake my own birthday cake this year. I was quite nervous about it, because each time I try to bake a cake, it’s a disaster. It tastes too egg-y, too flour-y or too butter-y. And this time, it was… Great!

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It’s a berries bavarois with sponge cake. I’m super proud of myself haha. The cake isn’t complicated to bake, but it’s time-taking. You’d better to bake it the day before.

Here’s my berries birthday cake recipe (8 pieces) :

  • For the sponge cake :

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  • For the berries bavarois :

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And a tablespoon of icing sugar. Make sure that the liquid cream is very cold, place it in fridge at leat 8h before use.

  • For the berries gelly :
    * 100 g of berries coulis
    * 2 gelatin sheets
  • 600gr of berries for the topping

First,the whipped cream that will be used in the bavarois. 

With a beater, beat the 40cl of liquid cream in a very cold bowl.
Tips : place a bigger bowl full of ice cubes under the liquid cream bowl.

When the cream gets thicker, add the icing sugar and keep on mixing until it gets even thicker. It’s ready when, when you stop beating and remove the beater from the bowl, the cream forms a beak at the tip of the whisk.

Place in fridge for at least 2h.

Second, the sponge cake. Here’s a quick recipe for those who are in a hurry. But you have to be organized, because all the ingredients have to be added without pausing mixing.

Pre-heat the oven at 180°C (thermostat 6).

Mix the baking powder with the 125g of flour. 

Separate the eggs yolk from the white.

With a beater, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. When it’s very firm, add the 125g of sugar, keeping on beating.

Lower the beater speed, add the 4 eggs yolk in once and immediatly add the flour and baking powder in shower.

Stop once it’s mixed (don’t mix too long), pour the mixture in a cake pan, smooth the surface and let it bake for 20 minutes.

You should get something like that :

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 Now, the berries bavarois.

Let the 6 gelatin sheets soften in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes. 

Mix the 500g of berries, the juice of the lemon and the 200g of sugar. Pour the mixture in a saucepan through a sieve to remove the seeds from it.

Heat the mixture over low heat. When it’s lukewarm, remove from heat. Drain the gelatin sheets and add it in the mixture. Mix until the gelatin sheets have melt. Let it cool down completely.

When it’s cold, add the home made whipped cream.

Assembling beginning : Cut the sponge cake in half, lengthwise and crosswise. In a removable cake pan, place the first half  at the bottom. Pour a third of the bavarois mixture over the sponge cake and smooth the surface. Place it in the freezer for about an hour. Place the rest of the bavarois mixture in the least cold place of the fridge (we need to pour it later and don’t want it to be set).

Prepare the berries jelly : Soften the 2 gelatins sheets in a bowl of water. Heat the 100g of coulis over low heat. When it’s lukewarm, remove from heat and add the gelatin sheets. Mix until it melts. Let it cold down, but not completely, the jelly musn’t be set.

Take the cake pan out of the freezer and gently pour the jelly mixture over the bavarois.

Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then, pour another third of the bavarois mixture, place the other half of the sponge cake on it and pour the rest of the bavarois mixture.

You can let it set in fridge all night/day long, or 2h in freezer then 2h in fridge.

Remove the cake pan before serving, decorate the top of the cake with berries and admire your masterpiece!

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Head in the clouds

Hey sweeties,

How’s life going? Me? Haa, I’m a bit sick. On my way to healing though.

So, yesterday, I gathered all my last strengths and I went to the french premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And it’s

absolutely fantastic

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on the short story written by James Thurber in 1939. Walter Mitty is the chief of the negative assets department of Life magazine. He is what we could call a lambda employee. He is discrete and mild. And he daydreams a lot. He imagines himself as the hero of situations where he isn’t, to seduce the woman he likes – Cheryl Melhoff, played by Kristen Wiig- or to shut the mouth of his dickhead boss – Ten (dickhead dickhead dickhead) Hendricks,played by Adam Scott.

And I found that, paradoxically, he’s a very reasonable and pragmatic man who always keeps his counts updated in a notebook. Well, maybe it isn’t so paradoxical, it may be quite complementary to his daydreaming… But this isn’t the point.

So, someday, the magazine is redeemed and the last number is to be released. For that last cover, Sean O’Connell – the star photojournalist of the magazine apparently, played by Sean Penn – sent a special photograph that represents the Quintessence of Life.

But this photograph could not be found. It wasn’t sent with the rest of the camera film.

With the help of Cheryl Melhoff, Walter tries to find the photograph. But under the pressure of Ten (dickhead) Hendricks who threatens to fire him, he needs to resort to drastic measures and decides to go in search of Sean O’Connell.

I mean UUUUUGH OF MONSTERS AND MEN AS SOUNDTRACK, how could you not go to watch that film AND love it? So, yes, first awesome thing about the film : the soundtrack. Of Monsters and Men, David Bowie, Arcade Fire.

Second awesome thing : the freaking landscapes. It’s mind-blowing.
[BEWARE, I don’t know if it might be a spoiler, but, just in case, spoiler alert] From Groenland to Himalaya, passing through Iceland, it’s wonderful. [spoiler alert end]
It’s so beautiful that it hurts. It hurts so much. I almost cried of frustration. I was like “nononononononono stop, stop it, my feels, I want to be there so badly, my heart is bleeding”.

feelingsGuys, I’m just so under the heat of emotion that I don’t really know how to carry on writing this post. I don’t know what to say. I could say that the actors are perfect, the atmosphere is perfect, the directing is perfect, it’s on the top of the entertaining scale, etc. Yeah yeah, I could say all that. 

I could also say that it’s hilarious, touching, sweet, fabulous, tough and tender *wink wink*(you’ll understand when you’ll watch the film, because you will). There’s everything you need for a good film. Humour, action, romance, adventure, suspense (well, except if you’re like me and you expected the end), real life, fantasy and references.

Of course, there are some imperfections, some points that could have been better. But it’s a gorgeous film and you guys really need to watch it. It’s such a relief for the mind, I don’t know. You’re just happy to watch what you’re watching. 

Look, it’s like being a 6 year-old and going to Disneyland for the first time. Eyes are shining, hands are shaking, you’re so exciting about what you see that you don’t know how to react. You can’t even tell how you feel. Happy? Yes, but it’s more than that. Excited? It’s more than that. Lucky? More than that. It’s an explosion of all the best feelings you can ever feel. There’s no better feeling than this on the eve of your birthday.

Apple far breton

YO.

WHY  DON’T WE HAVE SWEET RECIPE HERE.

ಠ_ಠ

Let’s fix this. I’ve got some cake for you today.

For the story, a few months ago, boyfriend was away for work. He had harsh days over there, it was pretty stressful. He had some pounds off when he came back (and I was doing my typical dramaqueen, like UGH WHO ARE YOU). So I decided to remedy to this and made him a Breton speciality, the ‘far breton’. But not a random far breton, one with apple, his favourite fruit.

apple far breton 1 whateverwinaHere is what you need to heartened 6 brave souls (or 2 super brave and gourmand souls hah) :

  • 2-3 apples
  • 220g of flour
  • 140g of cane sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla extract  or a vanilla bean
  • 3l of milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of orange blossom water
  • 20g of butter

Pre-heat the oven at 180°C (thermostat 7).

Mix the sugar, flour and salt in a bowl. Add the eggs one by one and mix well. Add the milk, vanilla and melted 20g of butter and keep on mixing until the paste is smooth. Add the orange blossom water and mix again.

Butter and sweeten the baking pan. Dispose the apples cut into quarters in the baking pan. Pour in the far breton mixture and let it bake for about an hour. Serve lukewarm or cold!

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Art deco for beginners

Guys! I’m super excited! For those who read my last post, know that my whole what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life reflexion led me somewhere eventually! I thought a lot about it and made some research and I had like a revelation. This is still a little bit unsure, I need to think about it really really seriously, but I think that I found my way.

I want to be a wedding planner.

This regroups a lot of things that I like, a lot of things that I can do and… a lot of things that I like to do heh! It feels so great, it’s so amazing. I really started to think that I would never know this feeling. It’s such a relief and such a joy, I’m so happy! And of course, there will be some project updates here. Keep fingers crossed for me!

Apart from that, I’ve got some nail art for you sweeties.

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Well, my hands are pretty red… It was cold, but I didn’t think that it would look so obvious on the pictures haha.

Anyway, here’s a mini-tutorial :

  1. Apply a base colour all over the nail. I chose Kiko Holographic nail lacquer n°400.
  2. Draw a center band with another nail polish. I chose Kiko Holographic nail lacquer n°401. Well yes, I was in a holographic mood.
  3. Draw the pattern with some black nail polish. I used Agnès b. nails pen in Black Graphic.

The colours I chose make the whole thing look very soft. It needs more pep’s. I think it’s prettier if the colours “clash”. Next time!

Wake Me Up Before You G- Ok, no.

Hello sweeties,

I almost abandoned the blog. Again. I didn’t even log in during these two last months. I almost thought about taking WordPress off of the welcome mosaic page of my browser or however this is called. I felt guilty from time to time. Guilty and sad, because there actually was no content to post.

I was pretty busy with school and work and trying to keep a decent social life and making my brain burn because I don’t know what to do with my life, etc. The usual business. Also, I had face skin allergies haha awesome. Nothing terribly serious, but enough to make you ease off about makeup. Plus the cold weather, plus the stressful environment, plus the sleeping issues, plus I’m getting old. Oh I, the so old Wina, I’m turning 23 in about two weeks. Oh god.

So, what was the point… Oh yes. I was pretty busy and I still am, but I’m taking care of the blog again. This is making me think of a conversation we had last night with boyfriend. I was confessing my fears about this year (I have a few projects to stick to, there’s a lot of work and not so much time, I’m worried about not reaching my goals) and about making the wrong choices, going to the wrong direction. As some of you might know, I was/am pretty unhappy about my studies. I’m thinking more and more about making a studies shift next year. But there is so much pressure. And I don’t know where I should go. I’m still thinking about it and I don’t know if it’ll eventually lead me somewhere.

And um sorry I went a little to far. So he asked me if I was still drawing, I said no. Was I still nail arting? Neither. Was I still reading graphics? Neither. Was I still cooking? Neither (well actually, I was but it wasn’t good enough, or I didn’t think about taking pictures because of the unsure result). So, I was complaining about having no talent, but I stopped everything I could do and that was making my ‘talent’.

I got to the conclusion that I needed to reconnect with that. So there we are: NAIL ART, MY FRIENDS.

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I used a thin paintbrush for that, like in the mrcandiipants tutorial. I was inspired by my dear Maëlle’s post (she’s my mentor, my master, my sensei, follow her, she’s cool).

It’s Claire’s Black for the background.
For the leaves : the lightest green was from ELF, the bright from Essie and the darkest from Kiko.
For the flowers : wow kids, you’re being greedy about my memory. There were an old lame white nail polish, a bright orangey red from Essie, a yellow from H&M, a royal blue from Gilles Gold, a pastel blue from Hema, a lilac from NYX and a mauve from ELF.
I can’t remember the names and I’m too lazy now, but I will edit that on the weekend. Come back saturday night, babes.

The funniest thing about all that is that today is the blog’s birthday. Let’s celebrate.