What does summer mean to you? To me, it means listening to Sebastien Tellier, plenty of bossa nova, indulging in rosé wine and long beach/boat days on the water that end with a whole fried fish and a very sandy bed.
I'm on a summer break, if you can call it that.. after being in college and getting about 5 months off a year, this 10 days off seems a bit cheap, but I'll take it. I finished off my Bread and Viennoisserie class with an A+ and my next is Advanced Patisserie Technique. Finally, I'll be knocking out some tiramisu and maybe even an opera torte. Rumor has it we'll be making frozen desserts too. Add a day or two in cannoli making and I will be on cloud nine.
Here is the rundown in photos of my last two weeks before break.
|Channeling a fancy strawberry shortcake~ Napoleon filled with Bavarian creme and strawberry preserves|
|Handcut pithivier filled with almond creme... I have knife skills..|
|Cute sugar crusted miniature palmiers|
|Croissants worth writing home about|
|Goat cheese, sun dried tomato & basil croissants|
|I was told not to make bear claws look like actual bear claws, but I couldn't help myself!|
|This is the "correct" bear claw formation, both filled with pecans, cinnamon and sugar.|
|Guava filled danish pastry|
|The second way to do a danish- covered in apricot glaze and flat vanilla icing, filled with apples.|
|A little slice of heaven if you love honey as much as I do... Baklava.|
|I brought it home to my mom to share with her friends.|
And now finally to the summer favorites list...
If you are like me then you LOVE sangria....here are two recipes I've been dying to try out: CHOW.com's Lambic Sangria looks like everything that's good in the world. Bon Appetit ( of course) has me salivating over their Rosé sangria with pinapple and guava.
I am kind of obsessed with having a bento box for lunch. A bento box is something so nice looking you don't want to eat it. Food art. It feeds into the Japanese side of me that I claim is real. I had a bento box today. Check them here.
I like weird photos. I pride myself in collecting them. Find your own here.
Art things. Bellwether Gallery.
Fashion things. Les Nouvelles.
Where I wish I was spending my summer holiday: Capri, of course.
And now, I'll send you off with classic Tellier's "Kilometer".........
Sebastien Tellier - Kilometer from Lucky Number Music on Vimeo.