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Monaco – My Love!

Bonjour My Friends!

It is been a long break for me from blogging. I really missed it all =) and glad to be back!

How have you been doing?

We came back from our trip to Cannes and Monaco last Saturday and things were pretty rough in here! But first things first – i loved, loved and loved Monte-Carlo. It is so chic, so taken care off city! Every step of it is like a living a dream! We visited Monaco Yacht Show and i was pretty immersed by the luxury of boats for sale.

Monaco Yacht Show

Some of the Boats:

and some of me =)

me

Some treats 😉 since we were so busy and so tired sometime, that my body craved for some fuel-treats ;=)

i took a small bite already from the Madelene :o)

We finished our Day with Wine and Pot of Mussels, of course

pic was taken with Blackberry at night -(

ar Lovely Hidden Gem in Cannes “La Socca” serving some authentic South France Food, including Beef Tartare and those babies from picture above 😉

Day 2 in Monacco again =)

This time we were hanging on the famous Square of Monaco with “La Casino”, “Hotel De Paris”, “Cafe De Paris” and  Hotel “Hermitage”, where we also attended Charity Watch Auction.

Hotel De Paris

La Casino

The Only Watch Charity Auction was held at the beautiful hall of Hotel Hermitage and 25 lots of watches specially made for this event and representing itself unique piece.

Hall filled up with bidders and guests

Prince of Monaco in the  front row

Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Top Lot was Patek Philippe Watch . It’s starting price was 350,000 Euro and it was sold for…. see for yourself:

euro 1,400,000 =)

Afterwards we had dinner at Cafe De Paris, of course =) we had beef tartare, ratatouille with were very good and entrecôte which was nothing special =) and finished a bottle of Pino Noir.

dinner time - was too hungry to picture the food =)

It was a lovely few days and i am still in Love with Monaco. Wishing to visit there again next year -)

For now, i am back to Dubai, i am very busy here with a lot of things, which i will talk about in next posts. Right now trying my best to spare some time for blogging and have so many things to share!

Have a great day!

PS: if you have not planned you next getaway trip – book some place on South of France and explore it all =) You won’t be disappointed!

Mango Mousse Cake

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My father in law brought 6 very ripped mango the other day. They were unfortunately too soft to be eaten and the only way to serve was either in cocktail or as I did – mango mousse. It is very summery dessert with a lot of flavors and refreshingly cool and light.

Sponges:
Preheat oven to 200 C and place rack in the middle. Prepare two 9 inch spring forms: brash with butter and dust with flour.
Prepare the batter. Beat 2 large eggs and 2 egg yolks with half cap of granulated white sugar until very foamy and ribbons left on the mixture after raising whisk (about 4 minutes). Sift 1/2 cup of cake flour with 1/2 tsp baking powder and add it to eggs mixture. Mix on low speed for a minute to incorporate. Melt 2 Tbsp of butter and mix with 1 Tbsp of bater. Mix butter mixture into cake bater. Device bater between prepared forms and bake in the oven until golden brown, around 10 minutes. Let it cool slightly before removing from the forms. Cool completely while preparing mousse.

Mango mousse:
Cut 4 mangos into pieces and bled in food processor. Measure out 2,5 cups of mango pure and return to food processor. Add 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar, 2 Tbsp of lemon juice and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into sauce pan. Sprinkle 1 packet of gelatin on the pure, mix well and bring to boil. Remove from heat and quickly pour into cold bawl placed over iced water to cool. Keep stirring constantly to avoid clotting. When mango pure cooled down and started to thicken, whip 1 cup of cream until soft peaks. Gently fold mango mixture into whipped cream.

Assembling:
Place one baked sponge on the bottom of 9 inch spring form. Layer it with all of mango mousse. top with another sponge. Wrap in plastic film and leave it in the fridge for at least 4 hours or over night.

Decorating:
Toast grated coconut or almonds. Whip 1 cup of cream with 1 Tbsp of powered sugar until hard peaks. Spread evenly all around the cake and sprinkle with coconut. Let it stand in the fridge or freezer until serving time.

Bon appetite!

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Plum Coffee Cake

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Friday morning starts with a freshly baked plum teacake, which I am going to take to my husband’s parent house.
This is an easy cake with a buttery dough and caramelized nuts streusel. Plums can be substituted to apples, apricots or even chunky pumpkin. Nut flour for streusel can be made from almond or as I did from walnut flour.

Ingredients:
150 g butter at room temperature
120 g white sugar
150 g all purpose flour
3 eggs kept at room temperature
Cardamom (optional)
20 g butter for streusel
1,5 Tbsp butter
1,5 Tbsp nuts flour

To prepare streusel:
Melt butter in thin bottomed non stick pan over medium heat, add sugar and keep cooking stirring occasionally until mixture will thicken and become light brown. Remove from heat, add nuts and keep stir actively to make crumbs. Let it cool while preparing batter.

To prepare cake:
Beat sugar with butter until sugar is fully dissolved. Add eggs one at a time and beat for 1 minute between each addition. Gradually add flour and cardamom is using. Continue mixing on low speed.
Cut prunes into quarters and each quarter in half. Butter cooking form and dust it with flour. Add plums into batter and mix with spatula. Pure into prepared baking form and spread cooled streusel evenly on top.
Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes at 180C or until wooden stick inverted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and dry.
Cool and serve.

Butter can be substituted for sour cream but in this case add 1 tsp of baking powder to the dough.