Feb
15/14

Friday in Love

I am so glad that we have Valentine’s day on Friday, it means love for all weekend! We decide to have a homemade dinner. Our Valentine dinner menu is French Vinaigrette Salad for starter, Escalope de poulet for main course and my fave Daim Cake for dessert, accompanied with a bottle of sparkling rose wine. Tummy, you better get ready!

My boyfriend is the chef of the day, preparing the homemade recipe from his mum while I am taking lots of pictures. Haha! It’s common for French eating salad with vinaigrette, a sour and salty dressing which is  a nice companion for the salad. All the recipe is very simple, so if you would like to have a typical french dinner, we are happy to share our kitchen recipe.

 

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Feel free to print and stick on your fridge or your recipe book collection

How to make:

Prepare a bowl of salad, add a salt and pepper croutons even better!

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Prepare a measure cup and whisk- mix salt, pepper, mustard and oil together.

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Stir until you get an emulsion. You could put in the fridge for a while or pour directly to ready salad.

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The starter is done, now preparing the main course, Escalope de poulet which means a thin slice of chicken. Instead of chicken you could replace it with turkey. It is difficult to find a thin slice of chicken in England, so we bought the chicken breast and knead the meat until it’s flat.

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How to make

Heat the saucepan with a little olive oil. Cook the chickens until it turn brown.

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Put aside the chicken. Use the same saucepan to make the sauce because we want to use what leftover from the chicken. Pour a bottle of white wine, salt and pepper.

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And the mustard and stir it well.

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Add the double cream.

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Meanwhile, warm up the oven. Place the chicken on plate suitable for oven. Slice a couple of cheese and add on top of the chicken. Fold the ham and place it on top of cheese.

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Finally pour the sauce until it covers the chicken and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Bon Appetit!

Feb
01/14

Pretty Pastel Wedding Gift

Love is in the air! Another close friend announced she will get married next month. What an exciting news! The sad thing I could not make it this time, very annoying. However, I prepare something special and sweet for her to commemorate her big day.

Something blue…

First decision is colour! I will use her favourite pink colour mix with pastel blue as it often associates with wedding theme. I am having a big crush with these flattering candy colours. I mock up my inspiration moodboard with colour pantone guide.

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I can imagine this gift will be utterly feminine with pastel and materials I have prepared: paper doilies, pink fancy paper, pastel pink and blue paper flower, light blue cupcake liners, lace ribbon.

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Something personal…

As always, I wanted to bring personal touch into the gift, so a personalised jewellery with their own stamp would make a lovely keepsake. In addition, I repeated  the initial C&S on cute pink heart shaped.

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 A beautiful rose gold monogram necklace from Anna Lou of London.

I planned the task that needs to be done- envelope, message card and initials ornament. For envelope, you can buy a textured pink envelope or make one from this template below. Adjust the size as you want, mine is refer to the size of doilies as an envelope line. Try to put the doilies in, see if it is perfectly fit.

Mini Envelope Template

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Cut the outline, fold and stick with the glue.

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Glue the doilies inside the envelope. Then, cut the rim of envelope into an oval shape, leave the doilies pop up from inside.

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Tie the envelope with lace ribbon. The knot is on left bottom of the envelope.

Something beautiful

Now it’s time to create sweet details- the little flower bouquet.

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Bunch a cupcake liner. Repeat until you have got nice flower arrangement. Mix it with ready made flower paper.

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Staple all together and stick it at the left corner. Tie with lace ribbon to make sure it won’t move.

Something memorable…

The final touch, I wrote a handwritten message for her on a piece of cardboard. Also, stick the initial printable on gold foil cupcake liner to give colour accents. Attach the ornament at the back of message card.

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