Lemon Curd Tart

Bonjour mes petits pies!

Some days call for fresh and healthy snacks, but others just call for a sweet and sugary bite. Last Sunday was one of those days. Inspired by the brightly shining sun - and also because somehow I had managed to pile up a ridiculous large amount of lemons in my fridge - I decided to bake a Lemon Curd Tart. And boy, it was Y-U-M! Well, it still is actually, I'm eating a slice right now! If you care to see the recipe, please read on.
 Lemon Curd Tart

For the crust:
- 170 g of oatmeal
- 55g of whole flour
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 120 ml of water
- 1 tblsp of olive oil
Mix everything together and roll out on a baking sheet and place in you baking tin. Bake for 15 mins on 180°C

For the curd:
- 1 cup of lemon juice
- 1 cup of sugar
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 12 tblsp of butter
- 4 eggs
- 4 eggyolks
Mix the lemon juice, zest, sugar and butter in a saucepan and heat until the butter is melted. Mix the eggs and eggyolks together in a bowl and add about a cup of the heated lemon and butter mixture. Stir for a few minutes and then put everything back into the saucepan. Cook over low heat for 20 mins while stirring constantly. Pour your curd into the crust and bake in the oven on 180°C for another 5-10 mins.

Let your tart cool down completely and sprinkle some powder sugar before serving.

Bon appétit!



Hello garden!

Hello friends! Hello spring! Hello weekend! Hello garden!

Cup of tea (Green Tea Earl Grey, if you must know) in hand I'm winding down the day and yet another work week and dreaming of working in my little garden tomorrow. I'll start some seedlings for the edible garden, clean up the mess that winter left behind, pluck out some of the first weeds that are already showing their heads to the world.

And of course enjoy the few flowers that are already in bloom!

What is your favorite way to celebrate Spring?


Putting on my dancing shoes

Bonjour mes chéries!

Every Wednesday and Thurseday evening I put on my dancing shoes! I go to ballet, dressed all in fluttery powder pink! A girl with a 10 hour a day desk job needs something to keep moving! But not this week, because I did something wrong with my left foot and now the little guy is in pain. I will sorely miss it.
In the mean time I'm pampering Mr. left foot with balms and creams and ointments, hot water bottles and warm baths. I hope this will make him want to cooperate with me and heal quickly. He surely has nothing to complain about. It's as if he's got a one week vacation in a luxury spa.

What do you do to keep moving?
A bientôt!



Waxine holders' make-over

A few weeks ago I spotted these pretty little waxine holders and immediately they stole my heart. It was a sad thing to discover they cost no less than 48 bucks. Now, it's not that I'm a hobo or anything, but my student budget just can't afford to spend $48 on waxine holders, however cute they might be. But instead of sobbing and whining, I said to myself...(insert drumrolls)...'This calls for a DIY!' And so I executed a wee make-over on these ol' Ikea waxine holders that were lingering in the back of my cupboard.

What you need:
- an old paper
- tape
- golden spray-paint
- small glasses

What you do:
- wash the glasses with soap and hot water
- cover the glasses in paper, leave only the bottom uncovered
- spray paint them. You get the best result if you apply two layers of spray paint
- let them dry
- remove paper and tape
- voilà!
DIY Easy, cheap and pretty, no?



Macarons and farewell to the holidays

Bonjour mes amis!

After a petite holiday break, Thé Dansant returns for your weekly cup of tea.

I must confess I am slightly relieved that all the holiday-fuss is now behind us. As much as I enjoy the lights of the Christmas tree and the preparation of festive dinners, after a while they tend to give me a minor indigestion. Nevertheless, one can't just say goodbye to one's tree without a little decorum. Which is why on Sunday, I cosied up in the living room with my boyfriend and our loyal green companion and I ate no less than seven delicious macarons while enjoying it one last time.

Macarons and farewell to the holidays *disclaimer: The coffee shown in the left picture is there for decorative purpose only. It is my boyfriend's. I was evidently drinking tea with my macarons.

How do you say goodbye to the holidays?



Pear & Date Muffins

Pear and date muffins 

Today is my work-from-home day. I decided to sleep in a bit but then sadly that plan got spoiled by the postman ringing at the front door at 8 am.
In cases like these, all you can do really is just make the best of it. So instead of going back to bed only to find that I couldn't sleep anymore anyway, I decided to bake these delish pear and date muffins! I finally got to try a recipe that I came accross some time ago here (I did add some chopped up dried dates to the recipe). I can tell you that they make a delicious and super healthy breakfast! 
Just go ahead and give it a try, and I promise you won't regret it!



Canning fruits and veggies


One of the joys of having your own house and garden, is being able to grow your own veggies - or as in my case, have your lovely boyfriend do it for you! We inherited a great greenery from the previous owner of our house and all summer long (and part of fall) it gave us delicous fresh tomatoes. So many that we couldn't even manage to use them all up before they grew all wrinkly. And since it is such a shame to let great foods that you put so much effort in go bad, I decided to go granny for a day, took some canning pots from the basement and went wild!
Canning veggies

The result were four jars of tomatoes, prepared with some onion and garlic, ready to use as a sauce or soup base. (In the backround are jars of homemade quince jelly by my beau's hand)

I must say I am a fan of canning. The tradional, domestic air it has is just so comforting, romantic even.



At home

At home 

Sometimes working at least 9 hours a day, six days a week is just too much. Sometimes all I want is to be at HOME. And enjoy all the hard work that has gone into making it what it is. Enjoying the new coffee table we bought a few weeks ago, and the new frames we hung up in the kitchen. Snuggle up on the couch under a warm woollen blanket and whatch an old episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot. Eating a cup of hot pumpkin soup that has filled the kitchen with warm autumn smell. Sometimes, that is all I need.


PS.: How do you recharge your batteries?


Dowton Bliss

Bonjour dearest friends!

Over the last few weeks I had developed a new and already very precious Monday ritual. I will tell you what it was: I took a hot shower, put on my comfy pants (grey joggers) and warm socks, I asked my beau to make me a cup of tea and then, I nestled myself in the couch with a freshly streamed episode of...Dowton Abbey.
I can't emphasise enough how brilliant this series is! It's like gossip girl on Jane-Austen-hormones. Only better. It's just the perfect portion of escapism that we all need on a dreary Monday. Just hearing the theme music, I felt like coming home.
Which is exactly why I am so sad that I saw the last episode of season three (Christmas special aside) last week. So from today on, I have to find something new to carry me away on Mondays. I can already say that Maggie Smith's brilliant acting, Mary's elegant dressinng and Carson's stiff upper lip will be hard to replace.

Dowton Abbey

What is your favourite Monday getaway?



Nothing wrong with being lazy

Being Lazy 

Bonjour mes filles!

There's nothing wrong with being lazy sometimes!

It sounds so easy but I have to remind myself of this everyday. The fact that this post only finds its way to the blog today instead of Monday as originally planned is proof of that.
It is so easy to get caught up by daily chores, loads of work both at home and at the job, and forget to take time for yourself. Just the inner and outer you and nothing else.  Time for me to go take a hot shower, treat myself to some body lotion and moisturizing cream, warm socks, tea, a hot water bottle and a book.

And then a good night's sleep!

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