I’ve been so consumed by what’s been happening in my life that I’ve completely forgotten to do a celebratory blog post for my website’s 2nd anniversary! (Not that it is crucial but I do like celebrations.)
I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for the month of May, it was an unplanned one but I decided to just let it flow. Some things happened in my life which distracted me from baking on the weekends but it is all good now!
The “tart” pictured above marks my return in baking on my days off and I’m happy to say that it feels great.
What I can say for now is that you really do have to do the things you truly enjoy to be able to feel motivated and happy about yourself everyday. That’s not to say it solves all the problems. Sometimes courage and timing both need to coincide to enable things to happen and passion definitely makes it slightly easier.
Happy belated Birthday, PetitePatissiere.com. Thank you for being a great platform for me to share my thoughts and ideas. Thank you for helping me meet one of my closest friends through blogging.
As for all of you who are reading, thanks for all your support for the past two years! I apologise for my on & off hiatus but sometimes unpredictable things happen in life so I am grateful for your continuous readership!
I have grown and changed together with my website and I’m looking forward to what the future holds for the both of us. Sounds so cheesy but it is true.
You know the thing with baking? It can take you anywhere.
It always starts with an idea, and then it plays out and you never know where it’ll take you until you’ve completed the whole product. This isn’t always the case since baking is a science and everything happens according to plan if you follow a recipe, but if you’re creating something as you go, then it is interesting to see where an idea can take you.
A couple of Sundays ago, I had an idea in mind – I wanted to make a tart. I didn’t know exactly what tart to make but I knew I wanted to make a tart for sure. I played with the idea of making a raspberry chocolate tart because that is a flavour combination that I was familiar with and also had the ingredients for, but as the day went by, my ideas changed and this “Almost There Triple Caramel Tart” was born.
So I really enjoy shopping, any type of shopping excites me and I go crazy if I am in the mood to spend money. The easiest things for me to buy are fruits and snacks. They’re just so easy to grab and go. The colours are usually enticing, flavours exciting and most importantly, if they’re fruits, they are healthy too.
I get shopping crazy sometimes and end up with punnet of fruits in the fridge gone uneaten for days. There’s only so much fruits you can eat without getting sick of them and sometimes, the busy lifestyle gets the better of me and I forget these healthy snacks that are in my fridge.
This weekend, when I opened my fridge I “discovered” week old raspberries and blueberries. They looked very inviting but also expiring, I didn’t want to eat them on their own and didn’t have any yoghurt to go with, so I thought why not whip up some quick sweet pastry tart shells to transform these beauties into tarts!
I was in Paris in May this year for a Valrhona training and as part of the program, we got to visit quite a few patisseries on our last day. It was probably one of the happiest days of my life in 2015 so far because the pastries in Paris were simply amazing. I was fortunate enough to try a bit of everything from many patisseries because there were so many of us and it was a great way to end an amazing learning tour.
Newens Tea House is located in the Starhill Gallery, just across the road from Pavilion Shopping Centre. It is situated in the centre court of the basement level, surrounded by high end luxury brands. This location could make you feel more expensive, or it could suffocate you, depending on how you feel. :p
The whole environment at the Tea House was quite traditionally English and it gives you an upscale feel. There was even a lady playing the harp live in the non-smoking area! Everyone around us seemed to have all ordered their afternoon tea set but we only ordered 2 petit gateaux to share.
I love eating tarts for their lovely combination of textures and flavours. Unlike most cakes, tarts will always have a crust therefore slight bite and texture, which makes eating them interesting and slightly more complex. I was researching for a place to visit and came across Tart Blanc, immediately I was drawn to their concept of selling solely tarts and made a visit promptly.
Banana chocolate silk tart
This tart had a lovely fragrant banana flavour from the marinated banana. The chocolate silk cream was smooth and complemented the whole flavour well. However, the tart shell a bit hard and crunchy, I would have preferred a shorter crust. The roasted banana cream on top lacked banana flavour but when had together as a whole, the tart did have a nice banana flavour.
I love strawberries and that is no secret. I also love tarts so when I wanted to make tarts, it was only natural to make some strawberry tarts to satisfy my cravings. This tart was made of a sweet pastry base, some yummy creme patissier and some juicy, plump strawberries.