Saturday, March 19, 2011

Let the Games Begin

Fruit Fly Death Device

Warmer weather must surely be on its way, because we had what seemed like a million fruit flies suddenly appear yesterday.

But it just snowed last night, so I don't know what that means.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Petits Gâteux-Poudings au Chocolat

I'm finally back in Montreal (new work permit issued, yay!), and one of the first things I did to settle back into home was bake. One of my Christmas gifts was a subscription to the Quebec magazine Coup de Pouce, and on the cover of the February issue that was waiting for me was a photo of the most delicious looking mini chocolate cakes. I've been referring to them as souffles but I guess they technically aren't, but anyway! The magazine is in French so it was a true test of my skills to follow a recipe correctly in a foreign language!

These cakes are super dense and moist, but not overly sweet. The recipe called for a side of home made caramel sauce, but we just dusted on a bit of powdered sugar and poured some whipping cream on them and they were to.die.for.

Petits Gâteux-Poudings au Chocolat

2 tbsp and 1/3 cup sugar
1/3 unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 flour
1/2 tsp salt

1. Butter four ramekins and coat in sugar. Set aside.

2. In a microwavable bowl, mix the butter and the chocolate. Heat in a microwave for one minute. With a wooden spoon, stir just until the chocolate is completely melted.


3. In a large bowl, mix the remaining sugar, eggs, egg yolks, flour, and salt. Add the chocolate mixture. Divide the batter into the four ramekins. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


4. Bake the cakes for about 25 minutes, or until the cakes are set but still soft in the middle. Let cool for 5 minutes. (The cakes can be prepared in advance, let cool completely before covering and put into the refrigerator. They keep for up to two days. Reheat each portion in the microwave for about 30 seconds before serving.)


I would have taken a picture of the inside, but I was too busy eating them. NOM.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Oh, Paris

Paris
Been reminiscing lately about my undergraduate adventures in Paris. Can't wait to return someday...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Balcony, Revisited

balcony mood board

Whipped up this mood board the other day after not having sufficiently daydreamed about my balcony. A few of the things on here are out of reach, like the $400 iron trellis from Pottery Barn, and the $300 pendant from Ballard Designs. But I like the idea of them!

The other thing I'm considering when I have an extra $100+ laying around is interlocking deck tiles. The flooring on the balcony is by no means unsightly, but it was painted (rather sloppily) light blue and I guess I don't really, uh, get it. Having natural teak would be so lovely.

I think I'm going to go with climbing jasmine for the trellis. It won't survive Montreal's harsh winters in a pot, but I'll just let it die and get a new one the next year. I just hope it will climb enough in a few months to be worth it!

The funky pots are from Terrain, and the adorable bird watering can and the seed bombs are from Anthropologie (can I even get those across the border..?)

And who knows if hummingbirds will ever find that feeder on my balcony in the middle of the city, but I'll try to lure them anyway. :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Small Spaces

Bed nook from BHG.com

If I ever end up moving into a studio, this gives me hope that it might not be so bad.
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