Hello Noël! {Strasbourg marché de Noël}

My first Christmas in France!!! And the best part is that I’m celebrating it in the capital of Christmas! 

Oh yes, I am VERY excited. I’ve always like Christmas. The vibe, the songs, the decorations. But you see, back in my country in Indonesia, christmas is not a holiday that’s being glorified as the majority of the people did not celebrate it. 

I was never told about the existence of santa (disclaimer: he may or may not exist) simply because I was never given a Christmas present. It’s just not a thing in my family. 

So what did I do during Christmas? Well despite the no present from santa, I still love Christmas because I get to get together with my whole family (my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandma). And plus normally I often do a little Christmas present exchange with my cousins. That’s still a really great thing that I will probably miss not being able to be a part of this year. Well.. even though the christmas present is not really something I was pleased about (last year I got a set of crayola….. definitely not something that I would need but still) 

Okay anough of that and let’s get to the part where I go all fangirl like by the beauty of Strasbourg Christmas market. 

Here are the things you’ll be able to enjoy once you’re at Strasbourg Christmas market

1. Vin Chaudvin chaud (literal translation: hot wine) is a must have during the Christmas season! Vin chaud is sold in either red or white varieties. It is basically mulled wine. It’s a wine infused with lots of gorgeous aromatics and spices (cinnamon stick, star anise, orange zest, etc). Once you’ve entered the marché de Noël region, there is no way of not smelling the soothing Christmasy smell of vin chaud, that way you define the know you’re in dor the Christmas spirit!

Fun fact: you get to keep the cup (since it change models each year.. or so i’ve been told) for Christmas memory or you can choose to give it back to the seller in change for 1€.

2) Christmas ornamentsOf course you’ll be able to find lots of gorgeous  christmas ornaments from Christmas lights, garlands, wreaths, and many other Christmas decorations. You name it!

3) The Christmas atmosphere Once you’re here, you can see the streets are decorated with gorgeous christmas lights, everything lights up in the night. You can definitely can feel the Christmas vibe that will bring up your Christmas spirits! 

4) Giant Christmas Tree

​You’ll be able to find a huge Christmas tree that lights up 24/7 with it’s beautiful lights in the middle of the city centre. You can find this Christmas tree on a place name “place kleber” (tram stop homme de fer but since the tram stop is close during marché de Noël for safety reasons you have to get down at either “les halles” or “république” )​​

The lighting of the huge Christmas tree

5) Christmas treats and food!

Probably the most important part of a market, the FOOD! You can definitely find varieties of Christmas treats from a mini cinnamon cookies to a huge gingerbread man. They even sell the spices used for pain d’épice (a spices cake) and vin chaud. 
Have a jolly jolly christmas everybody! 

Cookies and Cream Polvoron

20160729-190742-68862690.jpgHave you ever heard of polvoron? This milky no-bake filipino sweet little bites, will melt in your mouth. I’m telling you, that this thing is addictive!!

The first time I ate a polvoron was when a friend went back from a vacation from the Philippines and she bought a couple of boxes of polvoron. It is sweet and melt in your mouth, I was hooked on the cookies and cream polvoron. I ended up eating half of the box.

And that is why I ended up obsessing on recreating this cookies and cream polvoron since I can’t find it anywhere here on my local stores.

20160729-234808-85688962.jpgSo normally, they would use a polvoron molder to shape those polvoron, but I used a silicon mold instead, just by pressing and compacting the polvoron mixture into the mold, and this is not so traditional, but since I only use a silicone mold, I put it in the fridge for an hour or so to be able to unmold it easily .

20160729-235411-86051524.jpgAnyway, I just want to say sorry that I haven’t posted much in the last 2 months. My 2 post a month goal is very much non existent these couple of months. It’s because I was so busy with stuff. Stuff being…

I’m moving to France to continue my study!!!!
After a year of taking my chances, my dream will finally came through!

Going to France to study patisserie and boulangerie has always been my dream since I was 15 years old. But it’s so far away… And expensive.

After graduating high school, I hold on to nothing but faith that I will be able to study in France. It’s France or nothing. So that being said, I did not apply to any college what so ever. I kept on studying French hoping that I will be able to study there someday.. Seeing my friends, one by one leaving for college and I’m pretty much being a stubborn dreamer who sometimes doubt her decision of postponing going to college.

“So, you finished high school?”
“Yes I did”
“What college are you attending?”
“Umm…. I’m postponing my further studies for a year learning French because I’m going to France next year”

This is how every of my conversation with my aunts and uncles, mom and dad’s friends, or any other people who’s attempting on making small talks with me.

And yet, even if I was so sure on saying I will be going to France next year, I had NOOOO idea what my future will be.

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So anyway, I’ve been busy on registration and making my visa so that’s why I haven’t been baking or cooking that often.

And another note, I will move to Strasbourg, in the region of Alsace. A city in the borderline of France and Germany.

Here are some pictures of Strasbourg just to make you jelly (of course, all the beautiful Strasbourg pictures are not mine since I’m not there yet. You can find the source of the pictures by clicking it)

20160730-150615-54375100.jpgMy mind and soul is there already, for a very long time.

20160730-150952-54592978.jpgPlus, Strasbourg is the “capitale de noël” which means the capital of christmas! Can’t wait to spend my christmas there!

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20160730-151640-55000124.jpgJust… Gorgeous right? Oh how my wanderlust mind can’t wait to get there!

20160730-151746-55066856.jpgAnyway, back to polvoron. To be honest, I’ve made this cookies and cream polvoron quite a long time ago and I wasn’t planning on posting it here because.. Well the picture quality is not very satisfying. But I still got to post something here at least once! So yeah, pardon the picture quality and the lack of step by step pictures.

Have a good one everybody!

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Cookies and Cream Polvoron Recipe
Adapted from kawalingpinoy’s recipe
Made 30-40 pcs of polvoron

Ingredients:
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup powdered milk
• ¾ cup sugar
• 8 pcs of oreo, crushed (the original uses only 5-6 pcs, feel free if you don’t want too much oreo)
• ½ tsp salt
• ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted

How to make:
1) In a pan with medium heat, toast the flour until light brown and aromatic, stir constantly then transfer into a mixing bowl.
2) Mix the flour, powdered milk, sugar, crushed oreo and salt until combined then pour in the melted butter, mix until it resembles a coase sand texture. You can test by squeezing a bit of the mixture and it will hold it shape. If not, add more melted butter 1 tablespoon at a time.
3) Press the polvoron mix into a mold (I used a heart shape silicone mold but if you got a polvoron mold, even better!)
4) (optional) put the shaped polvorons into the fridge for 2 hours before unmolding if you’re using a silicone mold then wrap them individually with a candy wrappers or serve them in a mini cupcake liner.