Homesick

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Hey guys ! This is one part of my culinary journey. Besides cooking in the kitchen, I loveeeeee to eat at different places ,especially new places. This is a picture of me in Shang-RiLa Hotel in Jakarta. I was having a buffet and there were lots and lots selection of food. I absolutely love the dessert section, not only they looked beautiful but they taste amazing. Yes, I got homesick sometimes because I couldn’t find some food in Wellington that I usually eat back home.

However, 2 months and a week to go and then I have to leave this beautiful small city. I’m sad of course but my journey has to continue. I’m going to be in Jakarta, Indonesia for another 2-3 months and I’m going to Paris in September. My journey is getting more and more exciting ! So don’t ever give up on your dreams because it may come true. Work really hard to achieve your goal !

Gâteau Opéra

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Gâteau Opéra is made of joconde sponge imbibed in coffee syrup, layered with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream, topped with chocolate ganache glaze. This is one of my favourites.

I used french buttercream for the cake. French buttercream is made by whisking the egg yolks with a hot sugar syrup that has reached the soft-ball stage until the mixture turns light. When the mixture is at rtp. butter and other ingredients (e.g coffee extract or vanilla extract) is added to the mixture and combined well with the rest of the ingredients.

Macarons and Tarte au Citron

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Macarons ! My favourite flavour ,pistachio macaron with lemon diplomat filling. YUM ! Lemon Diplomat is basically lemon curd combined with whipped cream.

Tarte au Citron // Lemon Tart // Lemon meringue pie (small). These are my brother’s favourite dessert. It is made of pate brisee and lemon curd as the filling. I decorate the small tarts by piping Italian meringue on top of the tarts and finish with a blow torch.