Celebrate self love instead of Valentine’s Day

I’m not single and I am not going to celebrate Valentine’s Day today. Why ?  because love should be celebrated daily, not just particularly on the 14th February. Today I want to inspire you to love, love yourself, take the time to pamper yourself and to look only after you. To all the single women and men, today do something different, crazy, risky to mark this day as the day to differentiate yourself and  do something extraordinary for you, just for you without guilt, hesitation or overanalysis.

To all the single working mums, you are the wonderwomen of our time and I am amazed by your strength, passion and resilience to raise children on your own. To all of you, celebrate self love to always bring the best for your bundle of joy and loved ones. Today is the day where I forgot Mr Valentine to focus on my bundle of joy because she woke up at dawn and needed to be cuddled by her mummy to face the day. She is now sleeping peacefully and this is the reason why I can write this post right now.

This time forget about Mr Valentine and celebrate today as a day for pure self-love.

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Sultana muffins : So yummy !!

I slightly changed a recipe I know to make some sultana muffins… and the result is awesome. I mean when you see your daughter, your man eating them with pleasure and gourmandise, you know that you win the jackpot !

And when even you, you cannot resist to the temptation to give them a try and to take a second one, you know you did something good, very good ! Unsurprisingly, I prepared some of them this morning to have the pleasure to eat one with my tea,  seriously for a Monday, you need to start the day with a treat isn’t it? After all, it’s Monday, first day of the week where you have to start over from a lazy and rested weekend. So, I have no guilt at all to enjoy these muffins ! Have a good day ! And if you want the recipe, please let me know, I am happy to share it for you to enjoy these delicious sultana muffins !

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My new gourmandise : Canele


I didn’t even know about it until a few weeks ago. I heard about it but I didn’t pay attention. My mind was somewhere else until basically I started to struggle with the English weather. Tired of this little rascal truly unpredictable, it seems like my craving for pastry increased even more. You know what ? I don’t even feel guilty about it because I am tired, I need something sweet, comforting and tasty… and I lay my eyes on this small striated cylinder pastry and decided to give it a try. And let me tell you since then, I am soooo addicted to it!!

I really think that the contradiction between the appearance of this bordelais pastry and the inside of it creates something remarkable in terms of taste, sweetness and deliciousness. It is really a difficult challenge to prepare these caneles as they’ve made at Bordeaux… and I don’t want to try to prepare them, I just want to eat them ! Is it their size which is so deceptive but I have no regrets whatsoever to savour this gourmandise slowly, delicately and ask for more.

Just  for one moment, imagine yourself alone ready to enjoy this pastry, for you, only, with no distractions at all, just the silence, the canele and you. Just visualize your mouth taste a clever mix of soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust, you know what I mean… it’s so good that even writing about it makes me want to eat one right now.

You can buy them at Paul (paul-uk.com). These ones are really really really good. In a nutshell, if you have the opportunity to buy one canele, just try…and let me know your thoughts…!