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Walnut, Mascarpone & Figs Dessert

Walnut, Mascarpone & Figs Dessert

Figs take me back to when I was little girl. They take me back to summers at my grandfather's farm. We had two big fig trees. I remember spending a lot of time climbing up and down those trees. I remember my mom making slow cooked figs in a light syrup, and fig marmalade. It's still one of her favorite things to date. I also remember volunteering to get the figs from the tree, it was an adventure for a 7 years old!
And what comes to my mind more than anything is that I did not like figs at all. To be completely honest, I only started liking figs very recently. So for me, experimenting with this beautiful fruit is something rather novel.
Walnut, Mascarpone & Figs Dessert
Homemade Bread Croque Madame

Homemade Bread Croque Madame

I am a bread addict. Yes. I confess. And since I have moved to Paris, it has gotten worse and worse. Have you seen the boulangeries here? They are crazy! Bread is simply too good to say no to. Especially when on your way home you resist boulangerie number one, also number two, but unfortunately (or should I say luckily?) you can’t look the other way, yet again, when you walk by boulangerie number three. This city is invaded by boulangeries! They are everywhere. Really. So naturally, every day I come back home with half a baguette. This is my way of resisting French bread: I never, or almost never buy a whole baguette ;).
So much bread around me made me want to make my own. Why not right? And I had the perfect excuse for it too.
Homemade Bread Croque Madame
White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins

White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins

Everybody should have a good, no questions asked muffin recipe. You can have them for breakfast, for tea, or just because. I enjoy them a lot, although I confess I mostly have them outside of home. For some reason, even though they are easy to make, and absolutely heavenly to have when freshly made, I never developed the habit of making muffins at home.
But I do now. I've realized that they are so much better when homemade. It's crazy! Back in February I had a traumatic muffin related experience, and that is when I began my quest in the search for a high quality muffin recipe. Pre-requisites being that they should be airy, soft, crummy, moist and with a lot of flavor.
White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins