It feels really weird writing this in late January! :P But I've been totally swamped juggling both personal and work stuff with some exciting happenings! The Christmas that just passed, though quite awhile ago, was too good not to mention so here it is now - better late than never!
The Christmas dinner plans were made weeks before we flew out to Hong Kong. It was planned to be cozy at A's place with loads of homecooked food to fill our tummies. I offered to make the butternut squash soup, mango pavlova and grapefruit avocado salad. Everyone was fine with the suggestion and as our friends are Brit Chinese, they insisted on having certain dishes that were quite specific to a typical English Christmas like roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts etc
We went on a big grocery trip together and piled in quite a lot of food that made me quite worried! It was SO MUCH FOOD! Plus, we had a turkey for ten when there were only 8 of us?! The best part of the dinner was actually the prepartion. We had loads of giggles trying to figure out how to cook to large bird and for B.T and I, it was strange cooking in a kitchen that wasn't ours and we had to adapt to the different equipment etc. There wasn't an electric mixer for example so I had to manually whisk the egg whites and cream for the pavlova! It took me such a long time!
Great homecooked food, company, laughter, love and joy for the Christmas - it was totally memorable and a much better Christmas that we had away from home (compared to the one in Tokyo 2 years back where it was just two of us and totally lonely!)
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I didn't hunt for a single cupcake in Hong Kong (though I had one recommendation for it), no wait, I did try some cupcakes which were really disappointing, but I did get two macarons fix at two different places.
It was by sheer chance that we discovered Paul Lafayet. It looked too good to pass up so we chose 6 and we sat in the tiny space and shared all of it! I believe we had a mango, ganache, green tea, pistachio, lemon and something else flavored macaron! The green tea left a deep impression on my taste buds - authentic green tea flavoring that didn't taste fake or artificially flavored. Ganache is usually a good and safe choice as it is quite hard (I believe) to mess up a chocolate flavored macaron.
I'm still dying to try baking macaron but so far, browsing through a couple of recipes, I've learnt that it isn't easy work! So perhaps, just perhaps, I might give it a shot when I feel that I'm in an adventurous baking mood!
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