Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Hey everyone,

After much thought and debating over what to do, I decided to start out the new year with a new blog. It is basically centered on the same things, but I really wanted a fresh start! I hope all of you will come and visit my new blog and become followers, as I have greatly appreciated your support on VIVRE.

Check out my new blog named, EAT&LOVE.
Thanks! Viv.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Blueberry "Fold Over"

Blueberries are a tough little nugget for me. I really don't ever know what to do with them when I buy them. Sometimes, I toss them into some oatmeal or I might even make muffins. That's about all I could come up with. When it comes time to change things up I am at a complete and total loss.

I love that puff pastry is a blank canvas (a fattening one, but delicious). I asked myself if blueberries and puff pastry were a good combination... Why wouldn't they be, right? At first, I wanted to just throw the berries on the pastry and see what would happen. I was too afraid of a plain and boring outcome that I decided to go another route. I cooked the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice, and zest. The blueberry sauce was so tart and delicious. I just wanted to eat it straight out of the pan, or maybe on some vanilla icecream. I had to restrain myself from repeated "test tasting" in order to leave some for the pastry.

As soon as it was out of the oven I wanted to dig in, but didn't want to risk damaging my tastebuds and not be able to enjoy it once it had thoroughly cooled. Sometimes I think it takes a lot of discipline to be a baker or else you learn the hard way. I won't lie that I have taken a bite out of things directly out of the oven just because I couldnt restrain myself- big mistake. Now, I know that I have to wait.. so that's what I did. Once it was cooled there really was no holding me back. I did share though and those who got a piece of it really enjoyed it.

Blueberry "Fold Over"
- 1 pint Blueberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp water

In a small sauce pan add the blueberries, sugar, zest and juice. Stir to combine the ingredients and place over a medium heat. The berries will begin to burst and release beautiful blue/purple juices. Once the sauce comes to a low boil stir occasionally. Let the sauce simmer for 7-10 minutes, until it is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Once it has reached this consistency allow it to cool at room temperature, roughly 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the puff pastry sheet. Pour the cooled blueberry sauce down the middle of the rolled out sheet leaving 3-4 inch margins on two sides that will be used as flaps. Spread the sauce out to make a thin even layer. Fold over the flaps, they shouldn't meet this way you will be able to see the blueberry sauce on top. With a fork, lightly poke the pastry flaps. Move the pastry to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Lightly whisk the egg and water to create an egg wash. Using a pastry brush, lightly spread egg wash over the pastry. Bake in the oven for 18-22 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown. Allow to reach room temperature before serving.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Busy Girl and Danishes

Last time I was here I posted about the boring emptiness that is was my house. Since then I have decided to really step up to the plate and start fixing up the place. I have a huge list of things to do, but I've been taking it one day at a time and so far I haven't been burned out. One piece of bad news is that I badly hurt my back yesterday. I can't recall lifting anything really heavy or when it might have happened, but it did. Now, I am in so much pain. Today, I had planned out to prime my dining room chairs and a small coffee table that I am going to use as shelves(possibly a bench). I really don't see how I can get anything done today.. I just want to lay down all day with a nice cup of tea. Musn't give up. I don't want to fall behind because I really won't have anytime for the next two weeks! I am catering a party on Saturday, so I gotta start cooking on Friday. THEN, next week I have a huge dessert table and that is gonna be all week prep thing. To top it all off my mother in law gets here next Thursday.

With all this going on I still haven't forgotten about the puff pastry. Today, I am going to share with you a super simple recipe for danishes. It is a cheater's recipe, sort of like the crostatas, and that is exactly what I love about it. So go on over to Pink Stitches and check out the method I taught my sister.

Here are just a few of the projects I am working on at home...

I made these shelves out of pallets like 3 months back and NEVER finished painting them. Now, I don't like the yellow- they need to be repainted.

My unfinished dining room set. I just sealed the table yesterday and was hoping to finally prime the chairs today..

My enemy- these chairs were so annoying to strip of the varnish. I literally just did the last chair yesterday, 2 or 3 months after the others because I was in no mood for it. I am re-upholstering the seats because well.. look at them! The fabric I ordered should be arriving today or tomorrow.

This project was originally my husbands, but of course he didn't get around to finishing it, so I just gotta throw some texture on it and paint it.

My love-Morgane.. she has been the best little trooper this week. She has helped me out and kept busy playing in her kitchen when I was really occuppied.