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Oh the Sweet Life

Bloesem Living | Starting the week with something different - a sweet treat! Enjoy this recipe for raspberry, honey and earl grey sorbet

This week we start with something very different! If you forgot to treat yourself to something sweet this weekend then here's a yummy dessert to jumpstart the week with. Doesn't it look scrumptious? It's definitely keeping us going while we tie up the last few loose ends to the online version of the Bloesem Gazette, so you can expect that tomorrow too! But for now we hope you guys are having a sweet Monday, Monday blues be gone..

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Words and desserts by Andrea Goh | Photography by Franz Navarrete | Art Direction by Hosanna Swee & Melody Tan

I can never pick a favorite season. I love the sun-drenched laziness of Summer that tailgates the peaceful picture perfect freshness of Spring. Don’t forget the magnificent enchanting amber hues of Fall before the crisp bitter coldness of Winter that everyone ironically loves because it brings about the promise and warmth of Christmas?

For the majority of us living on this little red dot, we often catch a flight out to escape into a different world, to experience the beauty of seasons. For some, we teleport our minds into a different season by tricking our senses through the visual treats and sweet sensations of desserts.

Fluffy whipped vanilla cream and slices of sugar soaked strawberries sandwiched between layers of light matcha chiffon reminds me of springtime splendor where love bugs come out to play and daisies go crazy in full bloom. It’s my favorite treat accompanied with a cup of fragrant white tea.

When the heat beckons and the blue summer skies emerge with generous puffs of cotton candy clouds, it is a signal for me to take out the ice cream maker and churn out fresh tubs of sorbets and ice cream. Nothing beats a refreshing scoop (or two, or three) of fresh berries smashed into a glorious blended mix. My homemade Raspberry Honey and Earl Grey sorbet is currently a hot favorite amongst my friends. 

Raspberry, Honey and Earl Grey Sorbet (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

3 cups frozen raspberries 1/2 cup honey

Earl Grey simple syrup: 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup fine sugar

2 bags of Earl Grey tea

1. To prepare the simple syrup, add the water, honey and sugar to a saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil. 2. Remove from heat and steep 2 bags of Earl Grey for 10 minutes.
3. Refrigerate the syrup until it is cold.
4. In a blender, combine frozen raspberries, honey and Earl Grey simple syrup and process until smooth. 5. Scoop blended raspberry mixture into an airtight container and freeze until firm.

6. Once sorbet is firm but easy to scoop, it is ready for serving.

If I had to absolutely pick just one season, it would be Fall. I call it the season of inspiration. It is the most colorful season of the year, the best-dressed and a period where many fall in love. Caramelized pears atop a warm moist vanilla cake is one of the best comfort dessert to enjoy during autumn.

I dream of hot chocolate, the marigold flames of a (non-existent) fireplace whenever December arrives. When the thunderstorms hit as it often does during year end, I close my eyes and imagine that it is snow flurries, not raindrops that descend onto the ground. I will hustle over to the stove and whip up this easy-to-bake, decadent hot baked chocolate that is guaranteed to win over any chocoholics. It is best advised to enjoy this in your PJs and in the arms of a loved one.  

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A Dessert for Every Season

Bloesem Living | A dessert for every season - Hot Baked Chocolate recipe

Words and desserts by Andrea Goh | Photography by Franz Navarrete | Art Direction by Hosanna Swee & Melody Tan

If I had to absolutely pick just one season, it would be Fall. I call it the season of inspiration. It is the most colorful season of the year, the best-dressed and a period where many fall in love. Caramelized pears atop a warm moist vanilla cake is one of the best comfort dessert to enjoy during autumn.

I dream of hot chocolate, the marigold flames of a (non-existent) fireplace whenever December arrives. When the thunderstorms hit as it often does during year end, I close my eyes and imagine that it is snow flurries, not raindrops that descend onto the ground. I will hustle over to the stove and whip up this easy-to-bake, decadent hot baked chocolate that is guaranteed to win over any chocoholics. It is best advised to enjoy this in your PJs and in the arms of a loved one. 

Hot Baked Chocolate (serves 2)

Ingredients:
130g semi-sweet chocolate chips
45g butter
2 small eggs
2 tbspn caster sugar
Icing sugar, mint leaves and berries for decoration

1. Preheat oven to 180’C.
2. Melt chocolate and butter using the double-boiled method.
3. Whisk eggs and sugar in a separate mixing bowl till frothy.
4. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate mix into the whipped eggs.
5. Divide evenly into 2 ramekins and bake for 12 minutes or till the top forms a crust.
6. Sift icing sugar over, top with some fresh berries and a mint leaf and serve immediately. 

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Their food stories

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Every pictures is a home run on Our Food Stories, which gives us reason to believe that a friendship between a food stylist and photographer is one of best kinds of friendships out there - it creates amazing visuals which in their case, comes along with recipes to recreate their recipes. Laura and Nora also have a equally drool-worthy instagram.

We have such an admiration for the work these 2 ladies have done thus far, not just in the area of food styling and photography; they also share on design such as beautiful shops they love and interiors. We too share a love for food styling and all things design of course!

Keep up the great work ladies! Continue on for hungry-inducing photography and lovely interior shots..

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura



Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

Bloesem Living | We love: Our Food Stories by Nora & Laura

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Food by Chic Cham

Bloesem Living | Pinterest Food

{1. Lemon & lime tart with blackberries 2. cider-punch 3. tart 4. Rock salt & chocolate 5. fig, oat + banana smoothie 6.Sablés

We all know Asians LOVE food ... and I think the word Love doesn't even cover it ... they are food crazy! In honor of their devotion to food I'm posting some food fabulous images found of course via Pinterest. Thanks Chic Cham for curating such a nice Food board

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Pure at Hills & Mills

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The leather Handles from Monday brought me to Hills & Mills. A great café / bakery in Delft (one of the smaller but absolutely very beautiful cities from the Netherlands).

Here it's all about PURE .. a word I have came across very often this summer in Amsterdam ... Pure Markets, Pure Restuarants and Pure bakeries like Hills & Mills ...  seems like the Dutch are embracing a new 'honest' way of living. Good! 

Only one mission at Hills & Mills:  'Practicing Happiness' ... and looking at the pictures their food and drinks will do just that :)

And three guidelines  … for everything they do:
1. We build on the pure in the world. Pure people, relationships and products.
2. We do the right in every situation. The right intentions and actions. Also at the right speed, taste and resources.
3. We enjoy that everything and everyone is connected. 

Unfortunately no time for me this year to stop by but definitely a place to ad to my travel tips list. 

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All images via the FB page.

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on Pinterest: 'Food' by Amelie

Food_pinterest{1. lemon cheesecake 2. yoghurt icecream 3. spinach pasta dough 4. pizza pizza 5. eggs on Monday6. stamped cookies }

Already plans for a nice meal this weekend ... no not yet ... perhaps these images from French blogger Amelie's pinterest board and links to good recipies will help you to get something creative going in the kitchen? 

The fun thing for me when making this collage was finding all these amazing food blogs ... WOW such beautiful content these bloggers bring. I definitely am considering sharing more food here on Bloesem Living. What do you think?

 

.. Amelie's food board on pinterest

.. Bloesem's pinterest boards 



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