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Feb 9, 2011

Chocolate-Orange Muffins

Hi guys this evening I bring up a recipe, not much an art history thing but I beleive that food is also an art and like many paintings that represent food, picnics etc. I think that chefs are also artists and instead of canvas they "paint" on plates.
So here is a recipe from one of the tops culinary schools "The Cordon Bleu"

Recipe by the Cordon Bleu

Preparation time: 25 min.‎
Baking time: 20 min.‎
Number of muffins: 12‎

‎150 gr bitter-sweet chocolate cut into small pieces
‎75 gr butter in room temperature, cut into cubes

‎2 cups cake flour
‎1/2 cup all-purpose flour
‎3 spoons cocoa powder‎
‎3 spoons super fine sugar‎

‎2 eggs‎
‎250 ml milk‎
‎1 spoon of orange peel‎

‎200 gr bitter-sweet chocolate cut into small pieces
‎60 gr butter in room temperature, cut into cubes
‎1 spoon orange liquor

Preheat oven to 210 °C ‎
Baking pan with 12 cups, oiled.‎
Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl and put the bowl in a pot filled with hot water until ‎they melt. Leave it to chill.‎
In a large bowl mix the sifted flours, cocoa powder and sugar together.‎
Make a hole in the center.‎
In another mixing bowl beat the eggs, pour in the milk and the orange peel and mix ‎together. Pour the batter and the chocolate in the hole of the flours mix.‎
Combine it all, leave some lumps in the batter, so don't mix it too much.‎

Transfer the muffins batter in the cups pan and fill 3/4 of every cup.‎
Put inside the oven and bake for 20 min.‎


Melt the chocolate and butter as before remove from heat add the orange liquor and ‎leave to cool.‎

When the muffins are cooled spread the chocolate on top and serve with a strawberry ‎or orange peel.‎

Enjoy ‎
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Feb 7, 2011

Valentine's day – The Vow to Love by Fragonard and Ideas for Valentine's day gifts

Fragonard Jean Honoré, The Vow to Love, c. 1780, Oil on canvas, 52×63 cm, Private collection.‎

Valentine's day is coming... and here is a painting that popped into my mind "The Vow to Love" what a ‎strong painting with dynamic lines and a fall into desire. Here you can see a statue of a blindfolded ‎Amour (son of Venus) from your right and a young woman throwing her self, transported by ‎desire with her eyes closed and dramatically raising her left arm towards her head which ‎express her fall into desire. ‎
The scene takes place in a dense garden which extenuate the magical intimate moment ‎between the woman and Amour. The woman is emphasize with light and her dress is flown ‎and full with folds. From the left side behind there is a cupid on a wooden log like the woman on the statue.‎

What can describe the feeling of falling in love better than Fragonard's "The Vow to Love". ‎Love is blind and the passion is so strong that you can not see a thing, you are "throwing" your ‎self to your love driven by your passion and desire.‎

If you found your one or wish to court here are some gift ideas to that special day:‎‏

‎1.‎ A bouquet of red/orange (or both) flowers – the colours of passion. ‎
‎2.‎ Box of chocolates – I know that the flowers and chocolates are not unique, but you ‎can not ever get wrong with them, after all they are classic gifts. ‎
‎3.‎ A watch with dedication behind of some words of love from a poem, from your first ‎date etc.‎
‎4.‎ A romantic dinner that you have cooked and it does not mean that you have to cook ‎something complicate, it is better to cook something simple like a nice pasta, oven ‎cooked chicken anything that you do well and of course a bottle of wine and desert.‎
‎5.‎ Printed sheets of your favorite picture together or a customize picture with your ‎faces.‎
‎6.‎ Take the weekend off and travel together to a place you love.‎
In the end it doesn't really matter what the present is, the important thing is the thought!!! ‎

Happy Valentine's day for you all
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