Posts Tagged ‘Cream’

Anything for Charity

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The other weekend when my friend Nina came to visit, we were wandering past Notre Dame when three 20-somethings approached us and asked if we’d like to donate to charity. In return, we were allowed to squish a whipped-cream-covered paper plate into one of their faces. How could we say no?

Caramel Cream

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

You may have noticed that I eat a lot of good food in Paris. It is a daily occurrence that makes the idea of ever leaving this city/country completely unfathomable. Despite the frequency of this deliciousness, every now and then I will eat something that will make me stop breathing, my eyes will pop out of my head in amazement and a large, extremely-satisfied grin will spread across my face. Holy moly.

And it happened again recently, when I met up with a friend from high school, Nat, and her friend, Chloe, who were visiting Paris for the weekend. I took them to Le Marché des Enfants Rouges for coffee at L’Estaminet where we were served by a lovely, smiley guy (miracle!) and we could sit outside and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. I ordered the cake of the day which was described as a ‘caramel tart’. Nothing exciting in that. OH BUT HOW WRONG I WAS!

caramel tart

Look at that…

The tart itself was deliciously rich without being too sweet – firm yet chewy and with a nice pastry base. Seriously good. But what made this tart so amazingly wonderful was the cream that was served alongside it. Normally, I ignore cream as it is just additional calories that don’t really taste that great. This rule only changes if 1. it is clotted cream or 2. it is the cream I was served on this day which was somehow infused with caramel. Holy mongolia, it was heavenly. The combination of the tart with the caramel infused cream created some sort of magic land in my mouth and all three of us couldn’t get over how good it was. My “this is making you fat” brain did stop me from eating ALL of the cream, but Nat happily picked up a spoon and inhaled the remnants. This tart sits alongside my favourite chocolate cake from Le Jardin d’en Face as a delicious sweet good that I think about daily. Anyone who can tell me how to make caramel cream OR (better still) deliver it to me now, will be my favourite person ever.

The Fun Times Just Keep on Rolling

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The fun didn’t stop after the Paul Klee exhibition – in fact it probably got even better! We had invited our friend, Diogo, over for dinner and he had offered to bring dessert. Diogo has very good taste in food and wine and therefore I happily accepted his offer and was extremely pleased that I had when I saw what he had brought. He had visited a small bakery not far from our apartment and bought a piece of heaven – a Tholoniat. It is layers of sponge, cream, sponge, and then topped with crême brulée and served chilled. It was INCREDIBLE. Diogo had bought a fairly large cake which I cut into six decent sized pieces. But as the cake is supposed to remain very cold (they store it in a freezer at the patisserie), we decided we had better finish the whole thing. So two decent sized pieces of cake later and we were finished.

Tholoniat

The Tholoniat in all its caramelised glory

In addition, Diogo had also bought some chocolate financier which are rich, almondy mini-cupcakes that are also rather delicious. So our dinner was fantastic, as was my morning tea today which involved a left over financier. Thank you, Diogo and thank you France for inventing such wonderful things that I can consume.

Financier

Morning tea

Mmm… Cream…

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I may hate whipped cream out of a spray can, I may not be a fan of dollops of cream served on or near a slice of cake in a cafe, and I may hate cream on top of ice chocolates, but I do most certainly like Cream Restaurant in East Perth. How’s that for a cheesy intro?

I took Tom there for his birthday dinner on Saturday night after I had scoured the internet looking for the perfect restaurant. I wanted something fancy yet breathable with good service, great food, reasonable portion sizes compared to price and, most importantly, a great dessert menu. I had been recommended Cream by a colleague of mine and after much umming and ahhing decided to give it a go. And it was a good decision. The restaurant decor is smooth and retro with soft lighting and bright furnishings. The wall we were seated next to was covered in a deep-red fur and there were some fabulous red light fittings hanging from the ceiling. The food was delicious – my chicken with mushroom and truffle risotto was juicy and full of flavour and Tom’s lamb with eggplant and cous cous was tender and melt-in-your-mouth. We shared toasted New Norcia baguette with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and olives to start and it came with the house dip which that night was pumpkin, lentil and coriander. That was probably the highlight of the evening… AMAZING. I could have eaten a bucketful.

Dessert was awesome although I have had better. Tom chose the profiteroles with pistachio cream centre and dark chocolate sauce. Here’s a dodgy, dark photo:

Profiteroles

It looks disgusting in this photo but it was actually quite tasty.

I chose the “hard core soft centred chocolate cake” which was soft but not molten in the centre. Having eaten many a chocolate cake, I can honestly say it wasn’t even close to hard core and I definitely would have liked the centre to have been even softer. It didn’t have any goo-factor and didn’t even stick to the roof of my mouth. But that said, the flavour was enjoyable and the raspberry ice cream it was served with was very tasty.

Chocolate cake

Fancy.

A great night was had and I got to wear one of my new dresses that I bought in Melbourne so I was very happy. Tom seemed to enjoy himself, too. Added bonus.

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