Tada, it’s a Paris-Brest (“a Paris what?”), just in time for the magical February 29th! A Paris-Brest is traditionally made with choux pastry and praline cream, and was created to honour the Paris-Brest-Paris bike race… it’s circular to represent the bike wheel.
I think it gives you a bit more freedom in terms of how you want to present it compared to regular cream puffs, just because its shape inherently gives you more surface area to work with. Conceptually I was going for a chestnut-taro Paris-Brest, but I’d never tried using canned chestnut puree before and was disappointed to find that its texture was like, well, chestnut meat / cat food, haha. So I did a quick switcharoo to a vanilla bean pastry cream and homemade taro paste.
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Every time I intend to make something out of my comfort zone / something crazy creative it ends up being quite normal– like these, haha. Then again if it’s too crazy creative it can blur into being gimmicky. We’ll give it a week, I’ll think of something… actually, I finally got around to checking out Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours and Dominique Ansel’s book, can’t wait to immerse myself in that.
So it’s reading break, and for me that means getting “life stuff” done. Stuff that I usually shove to a corner in my mind. Like my class 5 test, and uh mm yeah well uh hm I didn’t pass, haha. The examiner was the same lady who passed me for my N, and I was feeling relaxed/hopeful. A bit too relaxed, because about 20 minutes in I forgot to mind the speed limit (50km/h…. who actually drives that speed like pls) because we were about to go on the highway and I was thinking omg we’re going on the highway I haven’t failed yet!! which is the ultimate irony because that was the moment when I sped up to keep up with traffic and yeah it was game over at that point. Also in my defense it was downhill, ok.
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Every time I write a blog post I feel compelled to say “I’M BACK!!” as if I was on a long hiatus and that I really should’ve been blogging like every week. In an ideal world I’d be able to do it every day. I recovered from a horrid mystery stomach flu (or what I guessed it to be) last week, which left me feeling completely sucked out of energy, it was the weirdest feeling. Like I slept 9 hours the night before, and I passed out at 6pm for an hour, then I went to bed two hours after I woke up from that nap. Never in my life had I ever felt so energy drained, and it was pretty frightening to me thinking that for some people, maybe that is what their energy level is… and it won’t ever reach back to 100%…it just really made me appreciate my two legs and feeling back to normal.
Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate small things in my life to, I don’t know, improve my quality of living. Compounded habits, I think they call it? So it’s a bunch of small things like being more appreciative/practicing gratitude, being more active and exercising, being more creative and creating… Continue reading →