Jane Austen’s moment in Persuasion (1818)
With all these circumstances, recollections and feelings, she could not hear that Captain Wentworth's sister was likely to live at Kellynch without a revival of former pain; and many a stroll, and many a sigh, were necessary to dispel the agitation of the idea. She often told herself it was folly, before she could harden her nerves sufficiently to feel the continual discussion of the Crofts and their business no evil. She was assisted, however, by that perfect indifference and apparent unconsciousness, among the only three of her own friends in the secret of the past, which seemed almost to deny any recollection of it.
White Chocolate & Raspberry Cannelé – Cannelé au chocolat blanc & framboise
Recipe adapted from Vie Pratique Gourmand magazine by Cyril Lignac
300g white chocolate
5g baking powder
150g raspberries + 20g for topping (washed)
Half a tsp of rum
1) Preheat oven to 180°C & grease cannelé mould.
2) Melt white chocolate & butter on double boiler / bain marie till smooth texture.
3) Incorporate sugar, flour & baking powder in melted butter till all combined
4) Lightly beat eggs & add in melted batter with rum & mix well . Fold in raspberry without crushing them till well combined in the batter. Pour in cannelé mould only ¾ full & bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let to cool before removing from mould. Topped with raspberries!
On 1st of May in France, we use to present loved ones with Lily of the valley as lucky charm. This tradition was dated from King Charles IX of France who receives a Lily of the valley as a lucky charm. So from there on he decided to offer these fragrant flower each year to the ladies of the court. Now it's kind of tradition that had been carry on since then to gave families & friends these lovely flowers that only bloom during early spring. We can look for this flowers in the woods where they love to grow under the shady trees. But I got mine from my hubby who bought them from the florist. The ones I've planted in my garden have not bloom yet. Happy May Day everyone! =)