• Madeleines
    Food,  Sweets

    French Madeleines Recipe

    I have been waiting to bake Madeleines ever since I bought the molds last week. These scalloped spongy cakes go great with tea or coffee. I also love them cause they are so versatile that both adults and kids alike can enjoy them. The French tea cakes originated in the town of Commercy which is located in eastern France. Rumor has it that the name came from a maid called Madeleine Paulmier who worked for the Duke of Lorraine in the late 18th century. When Louis XV got a hold of the recipe, it became popular in Versailles. The tea cake rose in popularity again in the mid-20th century through Marcel…

  • Food,  Sweets

    Kneading Dough

    Making bread for the first time was a long process. It took approximately 5 hours to make two loaves of bread. A big and important part of the process is kneading the dough. If you can’t knead the dough, you will never make the bread. This was my second time kneading dough and thankfully it was quick and easy. The first time I kneaded dough, I was following a video of Julia Child. However, the instructional video didn’t work out for me. I took longer than I was supposed to in kneading the dough and just gave up making anything. It just kept sticking to my hands and the surface.…

  • Food,  Lifestyle

    Café de la Régence

    What a cold night this was. The great thing about Paris is that you don’t have to sacrifice being outside for staying warm. With the heaters above the tables, you can sit outside even during the winter. We decided to stop by Café de la Régence. Many say it’s good place to stop by after visiting the Louvre. We didn’t visit the Louvre but we just needed somewhere to warm up and drink hot chocolate. The hot chocolate here was so cute as it was in the shape of a flower as seen below. If I remember correctly, the hot chocolate had a cute name as well. Oh how I…

  • breakfast in bed
    Breakfast,  Lifestyle

    Lagom at home

    The perfect way to spend a snow day indoors? Setting up a bed and breakfast with a good book. After New York City was warned of the bomb cyclone snow storm, I knew indoors was the place to be. I set up the perfect breakfast along with a great cultural book. I recently purchased Lagom by Linnea Dunne, a book about living the Swedish balanced life. I’m a regular follower of Swedish bloggers and I always think there is something different yet appealing about their lives. Whether it’s their meet-ups or their interior decor, the Swedes always make their life look good. So when I saw there was an actual…

  • Food

    How to use a French press

    Finally got my hands on one of these beauties. Now, I was contemplating a cappuccino machine but currently don’t have the space. So why not get the French Press? It’s perfect for small spaces and a quick caffeine boost. Oh and the coffee comes out delish! Though it’s best to start with whole beans and then grind them, you can definitely use ready-to-brew ground coffee. The best amount is one tablespoon for every cup of water you add. So, let’s say you want to make four cups of coffee, you would need four tablespoons of ground coffee. Now that you have added your ground coffee, it’s time to boil water. Tip: Do…

  • Moroccan chicken tagine
    Dinner,  Food

    Moroccan Chicken Tagine

    I finally decided to share my Moroccan chicken tagine recipe. I have been making it since the summer last year. Although this dish wasn’t made with traditional Moroccan cooking techniques, like preserved lemons, this one is still very reminiscent of a Moroccan dish. The yummiest part of the dish are the sweet raisins and crunchy almonds. Serve the dish with a side of couscous and your tummy will be happy. Print Moroccan Chicken Tagine Ingredients 2 tbsp. of olive oil 2 tbsp. of butter 5 chicken thighs, skin removed 1/2 tbsp. of salt 1 whole onion sliced 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. turmeric 1tbsp.…

  • Café des Deux Moulins
    Food,  Paris,  Travel

    Café des Deux Moulins

    Being in Paris for the second time, it was important to stop by Café des Deux Moulins. You may recognize the café from the popular French film Le Fabuleux Desting d’Amélie Poulain starring Audrey Toutou. Located at 15 Rue Lepic in Montmarte, the Café des Deux Moulins is a cozy café that offers a variety of dishes including a separate menu for kids.

  • Kefta Tagine
    Dinner,  Food

    Kefta Tagine with Eggs

    Making any tagine can seem like an intimidating task for many. Now, add poached eggs and the perfect tomato sauce. Exactly. It’s one of those recipes that I wanted to refrain from trying but couldn’t due to how delicious it was. Like plenty of other Moroccan recipes, the Kefta Mkaouara requires various ingredients and dedication. Traditionally, the dish would be prepared in a tagine but if a tagine isn’t available a deep wide skillet would work too. Now, let’s get to making this dish.

  • french food
    Breakfast,  Food,  France,  Paris

    A love letter to Paris

    Dear Paris, This recent trip was the second time I visited you and unlike in March, walking your streets in late November was a no-no for me. There was no snow yet and there was no autumn breeze. Instead, there was a lot of rain, harsh coldness, and grey skies. However, I’m judging you based off of only 5 days of being there. The great thing was that you made me thankful for a lot of things.

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