Just some pictures of stuff I've baked recently. I am very proud of myself how those buns (left corner) turned out! I'm a total disaster when it comes to bread, but I was ready for the challenge and together with my Kenwood standing mixer we conquered it!
On the last day we went to Montmartre, the part where most of the artists live. At least, that's what our travel book said. I really liked it because it's very parisian but on the other hand very different.
I really liked that between all those grey, beige and white houses there's a bright pink one. The houses have more green on the outside compared to the rest of Paris. Also a plus. ;)
I still wanted to show you all the pictures that I've made of Paris, so here's part 4. We went to the Notre Dame (unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that) and to the Arc de Triompe (including the Champs-Elysees, which I'm not a big fan of). We also walked on the bridge-with-all-the-locks-that-symbolize-the-our-love-is-forever-locks (I forgot the name of the brigde) and we went to Le Bon Marché.
Saw this picture all by himself on my computer in my file with pictures of Paris that I haven't posted yet (which I'm gonna do in a couple of days, so stay tuned!). This door reminded me of Paris and that I really want to go back.
After a few failed attempts to run (at least) 2 or 3 times a week I've decided to give it one more try. I've never been really athletic in my life so it's gonna be a bit of a challenge to maintain this.
I've got a schedule from a running store downtown and within 10 weeks I'm ready to run 5 km (which is around 3 miles).
I really want to reach this goal and if I reach it I get a new pair of running shoes (of course financed by me).
I was 7 or 8, the night before it finally snowed after a few winters without it, and me and my brothers played in the snow and all of us were cold and wet. We went inside, put on our pj´s and my mom made some hot chocolate milk. While we were heating up, we were baking cookies. That´s why I love to bake cookies. It reminds me of the good old times. And it´s one of the first things I ever baked! :) Back then we had cutters of cats, people, hearts, flowers and even houses. But nowadays I keep it simple. The cookies:
125gr unsalted butter 75gr brown sugar (dark or light) 250gr all purpose flour 1 egg 10gr vanilla sugar pinch of salt
There isn´t a specific way of making this dough. Just combine all of these ingredients into a large bowl and start working the dough with your hands. Or you can mix it with a hand mixer or with a Kitchenaid (I love love love Kitchenaid, except their prices..). Once that is done you can or start working immediately or put it in you fridge for a while. Once you start working with the completed dough you can cut out any figure you want and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to preheat your oven to 175C or 345F. Bake them for 10-15 minutes until they´re golden brown.
Start whisking the eggwhite until it´s nice smooth, white and foamy. Then slowly add the powdered sugar. Finally add the lemon juice and voilà, the glace is done. When using it for cookies or cupcakes or even normal cakes, let the glace dry about 3 hours (after applying it) before eating it.
Holland is being terrorized by this very cold weather featuring snow, cold winds and freezing nights. For me it means that I'm wearing 2 pairs of socks, sweaters with coats, big scarves, gloves and hats (when it suits me). I try to stay in as much as I can, but I met up with a friend downtown to do some last minute shopping before she'd fly away to her adventure (read: a 4 months trip to the other side of the world, aka summer). It was a beautiful cold day, the sun was out and we had a blue sky, so I thought it would be fun to bring the big camera. So here are a few quick snapshots of my hometown.
I got something really cool in the mail yesterday! It my Acne Paper that I ordered a couple of days ago. First of all, this magazine is massive! It weighs over 1 kg and it's bigger than my biggest Harper's Bazaar.. (It even doesn't fit into my 'Billy' (bookshelf-thing from Ikea).
But I was so excited when I got it yesterday! I love photography, I even want to study it next year, and when I opened this magazine my mouth was going like: 'oooooooooh' and my heart was skipping a couple of beats. All these pictures are just amazing! I wanted to take pictures OF the pictures.. That's kind of weird, right?
I am so happy with this! Best money (on a magazine) spend ever!
Of course, when traveling to Paris for the first time, you can't leave out a visit to the Eiffel tower. So we didn't ;) There was a huge line in front of the elevators, so my mom & dad came up with a genius plan: just take the stairs. Uh? Ok.. Well it wasn't my first choice but after all the experience of visiting and being on the Eiffel tower was bigger with taking the stairs than an elevator. Plus, it's a good exercise ;) (I keep telling myself that with everything I do when I don't really want to do it..)
As a lover of everything that's sweet (as in food) I couldn't leave Paris without going to Ladurée! I bought the Lanvin for Ladurée macaron package (incl. 8 macarons: 3 'lanvin' macarons & 5 of your choice).
The three 'lanvin' macarons were bubblegum-ish.. Not my favorite. For the other five I choose Vanilla, Chocolate, Caramel, Green Apple and Raspberry. My all time favorite (also bought them in Switzerland) is the caramel one. Yummy!
Also stopped by the American Apparel store and took pictures all the time.
What would be the first thing you will visit when you are in Paris?