Monday, September 26, 2011

cream cheese pound cake with raspberry coulis

Here are photos of the latest cake recipe I tried.  The recipe was found on Annie's Eats.  She made it with a strawberry coulis and since I did not have any strawberries I opted for raspberries.

It was very moist and delicious.  I will definitely make this again for a special occasion.
So far, I have tried two recipes from Annie's Eats and they both have been successful and this makes me trust the recipes she tries and posts on her site.  I am going to try another of her recipes soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

August 1: Swiss National Holiday

Fireworks in Sion, Valais


raspberry lime sheet cake

Last month, one night, around 1 am, my husband was craving something sweet with raspberries.  I was not sleeping and was browsing different websites on food so I told him that I can bake him something if he wants.  I found a recipe on Annie's Eats and had all the ingredients I needed.  So, I decided to bake a raspberry lime sheet cake and he offered to help me.

We made the cake quickly and waited for it impatiently to be done.  I was delicious!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

cupcakes from sweet dreams café

There is a cupcake shop in Lausanne, Switzerland named Sweet Dreams Café.  It's owned by an American young woman.  

I tried some of her goodies a while ago and liked the strawberry cheesecake cupcake.  The one I ate was nice and moist with a delicious strawberry filling.  The vanilla orange and double chocolate cupcakes did not impress me.  The cakes were dry and the frosting tasted too much like butter.  I felt like my arteries were getting clogged and my body fat increasing as I was eating them so I just stopped.

Photos of the mini cakes:

Gluten-free, lactose-free: a baking adventure - 2nd try

As promised here, I am sharing the results of my second attempt at baking a lemon cake with gluten-free flour.  I used the same recipe with another type of gluten-free flour from the same brand, Schaer.

Firstly, here are some photos of the first attempt:

 As you can see the cake did not cook properly.  It's too dry on the outside and the inside is not moist at all.

The second try looks so much better and tasted really good.  Moist, fluffy, light!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

music: pigeon john

I found a new song to rock to this summer: "so gangster" by pigeon john.  I love it!

social networks: why i stopped facebooking

I stopped connecting to Facebook (the only social networking account I had) last year.  I don't remember exactly when but it feels like it was ages ago.

At first, I questioned whether I would 'survive' not seeing updates from my family (who live on another continent) and friends.  It was fun to browse through their photos but this activity would usually last hours.  During these hours, there is so much that can be accomplished.  And, I have lots on my to-do list that I would postpone when facebooking: reading books, studying, spending time outdoors, improving my baking skills, blogging and more...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

fried plantains

I love these!  I grew up eating Haitian food and it's usually one of the side dishes or snacks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A walk by the lake: Lac Léman, Switzerland

I love walking by the lake during my lunch break.  I work very close to this beautiful place.
Yesterday, it was very warm outside.  There were some people swimming or just lounging in the shade.

This lake is named Lac Léman and is located in Switzerland.

Where I take my walks is in Ouchy.  As you can see, the streets are very clean.  This is how it is in the majority of Switzerland.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Gluten-free, lactose-free: a baking adventure

This week, I baked a lemon cake with gluten-free flour and lactose-free butter but the result was not so tasteful.
The cake was not as moist and fluffy as I expected it to be.

I realized that it's probably due to the type of flour I bought.  

On the package it is stated that it's great for crêpes, pasta or a sauce thickening agent.  However, I didn't notice it until last night because on the front of the package it is stated that the flour is great for all culinary applications.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

7 things about me: Stylish Blogger Award

I'm very happy and grateful to have received the Stylish Blogger Award from merely marie.  Sweet of her to have chosen me.  Thanks, Marie!  This motivates me to keep blogging.

The rules of the award are to: 
• Thank & link back to the person that awarded you this award
• Share 7 things about yourself
• Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
• Contact these bloggers & tell them about the award

Seven things about me.  What can I tell you...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Reflection on Life: Happiness

The other day, I had an interesting conversation with someone about happiness.
We discussed what most people in our society consider to be happiness nowadays, how they forget to live in the present, always searching for an instant gratification that will soon be replaced by another because they are never satisfied with what they have, trying to fill up a hole with depthless elements.

The following poem (not written by me) states perfectly how I feel about happiness and living in the present (not yesterday, nor tomorrow). 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reflection on Life: Beauty

"Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it" - Confucius

I love this quote because it's very true.  There is so much beauty in the world and so many people don't see it.  It's unfortunate because this beauty could put a smile on their faces, lift their spirit up and make their world a nicer place to live in.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reflection on Life: Greatness

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~Marianne Williamson

Monday, January 31, 2011

Swiss Wine - white wine from Valais

Angeline Vendange Tardive 2007

This wine is delicious.  Great to serve with appetizers or dessert.  While cooking dinner with my husband we each had 2 glasses.

It's white wine from Valais.  It is very sweet, just how I like it.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I love chocolate cake!  Here is the recipe I tried.  And it turned out really well.  The texture was moist and chocolatey, the taste had no sign of the zucchinis in it and I enjoyed eating it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fondue à la tomate

Cooking and baking are a couple of my favorite hobbies.  So, you will see many posts here on food, dining, cooking and baking.

This winter, for the first time, I prepared a "fondue à la tomate".  It's cheese fondue with tomato sauce and it's usually eaten with boiled potatoes.  The original cheese fondue, which can be made with different types of cheese including Gruyère,  is one of Switzerland's national dish.  It's also well-known in France.  And, it's eaten with bread.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reflection on Life: Simplicity

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Albert Einstein

I'm aiming for a high level of simplicity in my life.  I've been thinking about it for months now and already began simplifying some parts.
I started with my wardrobe and removed anything I don't use anymore, I no longer like, or which don't fit properly.  It felt great and I feel a bit lighter.  My dressing space seems more spacious and more attractive.
I intend to do this for my library, my kitchen, my facebook contacts...even how I spend my time and energy.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Book I read: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

A book that everyone should read.

I enjoyed reading it and didn't want it to end.  It's inspiring and motivating.  Something that anyone in doubt of what they want to do or be in life needs to read.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello! Bonjour!

Welcome to reading all about me, my life and my thoughts on and perceptions of life and everything in between.
I'm a Haitian girl who lived a decade in New York and is now living in Europe.  Switzerland to be exact.
Be ready to explore my world through my glasses.

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