Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Two figs

4 x 5 inches, Oil painting on canvas board

Calanque de Sormiou

8 x 8 inches, Oil painting on canvas board

My family and I recently visited France, more precisely in the Luberon region. It was absolutely beautiful. This painting is the Calanques de Sormiou, a bay located very close to Marseille. I'm extremely envious of the owner's of the red roof house. What a view!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Berries and crumble

5 x 7 original oil painting on canvas board

My inspiration: berries! I have been eating a lot of berries this past summer and they are just delicious.We were invited for dinner and I made a berry crumble dessert. It was delicious! Here's the recipe.

Lightly grease a baking pan.

Add chopped apples, chopped strawberries and blueberries to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle lightly with white granular sugar.

Prepare crumble mixture:
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar (I reduced to 1/2 cup of brown sugar)
Mix together.

Add crumble mixture on top of fruits.

Bake in the oven at 425F for 12-14 minutes or until golden.
Serve right away with a scoop of ice cream.

Bon app├ętit!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fondant Matcha & Chocolate

I had to try this chocolate fondant with green tea! This recipe comes from again Ma petite cuisine Japonaise from Marabout. My boyfriend and I went to Japan 2 years ago and just fell in love with the culture and food.

Here is the recipe for Fondant Matcha & Chocolate

25 g of flour
10 g of matcha (green tea powder)
125 g of butter
50 g of hazelnut powder (I used coco powder, however the fondants weren't green like in the picture)
40 g of brown sugar
2 eggs
A pinch of salt
12 squares of dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 355 F.

In a bowl, sift the flour, matcha, and salt.

Melt the butter. In a second bowl, beat eggs and sugar with a whisk. Add melted butter, ground hazelnuts and flour to the matcha mixture.

Butter and flour 6 small cake pan and pour half the mixture. Place 2 squares of chocolate into each one and cover with the rest of the preparation. Bake in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Serve warm for the chocolate squares are melted.

My inspiration painting from this recipe:

Original oil painting on canvas board, 4 x 6 inches

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Two Sesame Cookies

I received a japanese cookbook for my birthday two years ago and I've never tried any of the recipes. The book is called "Ma petite cuisine Japonaise" from Marabout.

My first attempt is this recipe called "Cookies aux 2 Sesames".


1 1/3 cup of flour
1/8 cup of black sesame
1/8 cup of white sesame
4 tablespoons of olive oil
5 tablespoons of honey
3 tablespoons of water
3 tablespoons sesame paste (tahini)
pinch of salt

Preheat oven 375F.

Mix flour, sesame seeds and salt in a bowl.

In a second bowl, mix honey and water, then add the sesame paste and olive oil to obtain a homogeneous mixture.

Mix together the ingredients of both bowls. Form about 12 balls that flatten with a fork on parchment paper. Bake for 12 minutes.

Original oil painting, 4 x 5 inches

My cookies came out much lighter than in the picture in the book. I don't know, why? But they were still very tasty. The author suggests that you can substitute the sesame seeds for chocolate chips, almonds or nuts, etc. I will make these again.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

I have places to go!

4 x 6 inches
Original oil painting
I tried a mini portrait of my nephew. He walks with a purpose. I hope I was able convey this painting.

What to read

5 x 7 inches
Original oil painting

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011