It’s been a while I noticed. In the beginning it seemed like a silent revolution. Later it became a strong trend and at the moment I keep hearing stories of people who were brave enough to transform things they like to do into real professions. People who have already tried formal jobs and were dedicated to projects which had nothing to do with their beliefs and asked themselves why they spent so much time and energy in jobs that didn’t make any sense. And, at some point in their lives they decided to listen and respect their inner voice, to go after their dreams and seek for jobs that would fit into their passion. To make their dream real, many of them used their houses as home offices, companies and ateliers.
Like my friend Bárbara Rossi did. She is graduated in Law, a civil servant for over ten years and has always loved cooking. She took a basic course in Brazil and decided she wanted more. For two years, 2008 and 2009, she took her holiday month to study in France: she went to Paris and studied Introduction à la pâtisserie française and Décoration artistique en pâtisserie in Le Cordon Bleu school. Back home she was full of recipes, molds, tins, brushes and spatulas. Then she started making pies at home, at night and on the weekends – for friends who, like me, were lucky to dine at her house a few times and, after trying a perfect menu fully prepared by her we could be delighted with dessert pies. She heard compliments which encouraged her to keep going. So, in the end of 2011, although she kept her regular job, she created her own brand, Gâteux à la crème, for making pre-ordered homemade pies.
I have been Bárbara’s friend for long time (I have already talked about her in another post regarding macarons – please find it here in the blog) and we shared the difficult time of noticing that “there is something missing” and “we are on the wrong path”. I fell in love for photography and she fell for patisserie. We talked, shared ideas and anguish, and today when we meet, nearly three years later, it’s because I will photograph wonderful things prepared in her kitchen.
As it was in that morning I spent at her house in Florianópolis (south of Brazil) when she showed me her latest creation: a macaron pie. For those who love this French delicatessen, I beg a minute’s silence: close your eyes and imagine a macaron of your favourite flavour, with the same crunchy-softness that does not end in your second bite. You open your eyes and it is still there, smiling, offering itself to you and guaranteeing hours of pleasure. This is “tarte macaron” of Gâteaux à la crème which I had the pleasure to try and to photograph.
For those who do not live in Florianopolis and cannot have this wonderment delivered at home, Bárbara leaves one of her recipes here: tarte macaron chocolat framboise which uses the same recipe of chocolate macaron (see here) and it is perfect to be tested on the weekend. Take care and see you next weekend!
dessert, food, lifestyle, macaron, recipe
March 8, 2013 - 14:52 - Kitchen
- Elisa Correa