Kawan kawan, it is my pleasure to present to you the St Honoré – a traditional French pastry created by pastry chef Chiboust in 1846 in honour of the patron saint of bakers. This cake has come to symbolize the high standards in French pastry making.
CB, my neighbour and a passionate foodie, invited me to try one at her appartement the other day. She said that it is her husband’s (GM of Shang Paris) favourite dessert. The man has very high food standards, so who am I to doubt that this St Honoré that you see in the photo above was anything but? Kawan kawan, I was in pastry heaven. The caramlized ball of choux pastry filled with Créme Anglaise was simply sublime. The base of pate brissé, flakey and crispy had the right combination of sucrée and salée – sweet and salty. The bavarian cream although not good on the hips was trés sedap on the lips.
I am not usually fond of cakes and pastries. I like the look of certain well decorated cakes but I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth to desire sinking my teeth into them. But in Paris, all that changed. One can’t live in The City of Light and not get into the habit of indulging one’s taste buds in gateâux and pâtisseries. After all, the French cakes and pastries are more than well decorated, they are so bagus that you just keep coming back for more…..thank goodness everything that I need to do is within walking distance. The only way to keep fit and pounds off the hips is to walk, walk and walk…..towards the next pâtisserie.
Cupcakes have taken Paris by storm, thanks to the sheer numbers of Les Americaines here. J’adore les cupcakes, so I am very happy that they have arrived in Paris. In London on the Portobello Road, The Hummingbird Bakery used to be where I would go and indulge in them. Additionally, this is where Londoners and tourists alike could get American style cupcakes. But alas, I couldn’t persuade The Italian to bring the Hummingbird here!
Alors, I was thrilled when my kawan and follow member of the AWAP board (she is Chairwoman) announced her new business in Cupcake baking. I was first in line to order some oreo cupcakes pictured here:
The kids wolfed them down and RN, being only 4 and half was amazed that the oreos she used to eat in London and Singapore appeared atop a cupcake and within it. Magic, my friends, magic! and kawan kawan, they were truly sedap! So morish that I couldn’t stop at one, although I know I should’ve…the mind was willing but the flesh, erm mouth was weak. I asked GWF if she could show me how to bake some, as some of you may know, I DO NOT bake…yet. I am delighted to be able to share with you her website: www.mysweetgraces.com where you can order her cupcakes and fantasy cakes.
Kawan kawan, The Italian may not have been able to bring me Hummingbird, but Paris has brought me sweetgraces. Life is good! 🙂
The idea for this blog was planted one wintry morning in Paris. I was sitting in a typical Parisian cafe, as one does in the City of Light, having my croissant and expresso and generally dreaming about all the sedap dishes that I miss from Singapore when like a bolt of lightening, it struck me that I ought to write a blog. What type of blog, you ask. Well, the memories of the delicious dishes that I’ve tasted throughout my journeys and sojourns lent the idea of a Food Blog – yes, I’d blog about food, glorious food. Next, what to call this blog? Now, the name – that’s special. 🙂 Naming something is empowering. I thought I would dabble with some Malay words used usually to describe something delicious and yummy. Et voilà, those words – bagus and sedap from the Malay language popped up instantly. So kawan kawan, this is it! You’ll be subjected to my musings, my digressions, my general thoughts and most of all, my cooking! I am honoured that you’ve chosen to take this gastronomic journey with me.