January 31, 2007

as good a day

as a tuesday could get

... to you.

January 27, 2007

is it really

... a bowl of chocolate truffles? No.

... a bucket full of snowballs? No.

... and is it really winter, with some springy flowers already blooming? Or is it a sign of the coming of spring? No, no, no, I daresay NO. This week in London has been slightly colder than the past several weeks, at least to the extent it was cold enough to snow, although not cold enough for the snow to stay even a day - it once covered the ground before dawn but disappeared before dusk, by which time the sky had cleared up and sunny.

I barely managed to catch the last bits of short-lived snow before it was all gone, along with "snowballs" or fresh blueberries coated with white chocolate and dusted with icing sugar. Those were a little twist to the chocolate-coated fresh grapes introduced by chef Michel Richard in his book Happy in the Kitchen (Artisan, 2006). Ridiculously easy to make in a large batch, those truffle imposters disguised in the layers of chocolate and cocoa powder turned out to be a crowd pleaser - as long as your guests like grapes, chocolate, and a little surprise. I played around with different combinaitons of fruits (grapes and blueberries), chocolate (bittersweet and white), and dusting (icing sugar and cocoa powder) and quite liked blueberries with white chocolate and coca powder, but grapes with bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder (the original Michel Richard version, that is) seemed to be a winner - or is it really? Not too sure, I'll just have to try another batch or so.

January 15, 2007

an ordinary saturday morning

a quick stroll around Borough Market

With Christmas trees long gone and no New Year's greetings heard any longer, things are now back to normal, it seems. Except maybe that I am still in London. That it doesn't feel too special is actually very special to me.

Saturday before the last was a big day for me, as my friend and I had another friend over from Tokyo and we all went to somewhere I'd always wanted to. I am hoping to do a post about it, but if you would like a sneak peek, here are some of the shots from the day.