Friday, 25 January 2013

What to eat on a cold day, when your kid is not at school

Last Monday, Juliette’s school was closed like most of the schools in our area.  We had snow falls all week-end, and the roads were not safe.

So Juliette stayed at home with me, which means I had to cook for our lunch (I’m normally happy with just a soup or some left over).  Comfort food and snow go well together; I made Croques Madame muffin, inspired by Rachel Khoo (My Little Paris Kitchen).

It was so easy. You need:

  • some white bread (crust removed)
  • melted butter
  • ham
  • grated cheese
  • egg yoke
  • flour, milk (1cup) and mustard for the béchamel
  • muffin tin
  1. Prepare the béchamel: in a pan heat a tea spoon of butter in which you add a spoon of flour, then add the milk slowly.  Keep stirring until the sauce starts to thicken. Add mustard, salt, pepper and grated nutmeg.  There’s plenty of recipes on the web, this is my quick, simple version.
  2. Flatten each bread slice and spread some melted butter on each side.
  3. Mould the bread slices in the muffin tin.
  4. File the muffin tin with some ham, béchamel and the egg yoke, finishing with grated cheese.
  5. Put in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees) for 8-10 minutes or until the bread edges start to turn brown (the eggs should stay soft).


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Bear Paw quilt


I’ve started this quilt a bit more than 3 years ago.  Actually a dozen of us in Singapore started it together.  A friend organised a retreat where we all shared a bit of Batik.  The original idea was to sew four blocks.  But then… I got carried away… and ended up with 14 blocks.  Only 12 won at the blocks audition.  It’s huge (2x2 m – 78x78”).

I added the borders and sandwiched the quilt quite quickly but then I decided to hand quilt it. That was a bad decision, it’s far to hot to hand quilt in S’pore.
Bear Paws batick
A long-arm quilter friend quilted some large flowers all over, and now I wonder why it took me so long to finish it and so long to show it here. 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Happy New Year (late!)

I normally don’t like to see pictures of myself.  If I’m not behind the camera, I’m hiding away from it.  But I really like this picture!
OK, the quality is not the best: the picture has been taken at night with an IPhone, but we are all here, smiling.  It was just after Christmas, and I really wish 2013 looks like that.
PS. a few things to be noted about this shoot:
  1. I’m not the smallest one (not yet)
  2. I like Victor’s cheeky smile and attitude
  3. Alice looks so grown up and relax, I feel so proud of her.
  4. How is Juliette going to turn out? She surprises me, us so much.
  5. What is this halo above Philippe’s head? And don’t you like the orange bit on his jumper (he thinks it’s green – don’t tell him anything).

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Baking day–Custard cream cookies

It’s not because that there’s no kid at home, that it should stop me from backing.  I found this recipe here, on A Spoon Full of Sugar blog.
I did not have any custard powder and did not replace it by anything else.  I added a lemon juice in the dough, and I kept the butter cream colour less.
Now I need Juliette to have a taste and give me her opinion, and then I’ll need friends to come around to share them and have a cup of tea.  Are you free?

Monday, 14 January 2013

New start

Long time no seen :-(

Should I explain? or should I just say that this was a case of life taking over, not being in the mood, some up and down…

Anyway, I’ve looked at my blog and realised that I really enjoyed looking back at my past posts, nothing narcissist about this, I just like the memories.  So I’ll try to be back here more often.

Not much to show today, I have not sorted out my pictures yet.  Just the snow.


I’ll come back later on our life in the UK, but one of the good thing we got back is the BBC.  If you have a chance to get this programme, watch it: Growing up poor – the programme is following 3 teenagers living on social benefits.  I felt very touched by these girls who are just Alice’s age, trying to make a life for themselves, by themselves, so young.