Cream of Europe – The Dream Cream for Gourmands

Ho ho ho, Christmas and year end is nearly here, and it's the season to bake all the sweets! My family have a sweet tooth, we enjoy sweet treats from tarts to cakes, and Madeleine to ice cream. A rich and voluptuous cream is the essence of a great recipe, it is even more important in pastries for a velvety and rich taste. So, choosing the good cream is essential. I would choose The European cream as recommended by many pastry chefs.
In fact, the European cream used in pastries have a unique velvety taste, as well as a rich tradition and reputation, giving the pastry a dash of sophistication and quality. It is the incredibly versatile European Cream that adds the cherry on the cake to any recipe or meal. No wonder Europeans have the best pastry in the World.
We have visited Pastry Institure of St Honore last week to attend the Cream of Europe event held by the French Dairy Inter-Branch Organization (CNIEL) and financed with aid from the European Union. We were honoured to meet the co-owner and Managing Director of Pastry Institure of St Honore, Chef Federic Oger and learn a tips or two from him.
Chef Federic Oger has demonstrated the incredibly versatile and exquisite taste of European Cream through an array of pastries using different techniques in the art of cooking cream, including the art of aeration of cream through whipping when making the Berry Madeleine Basket which consists of fresh berries, lemon Madeleine, lemon Chantilly, pesto jelly and berry coulis; the texture of cream was explored when making the Cream Catalane Passionement which is a dessert made with baked vanilla crème catalane caramelised with exotic sweet chutney and served with caramelised salted peanuts; cream by emulsification was demonstrated by making the Speculoos Chocolate Tart with poached pear, caramel sauce and almond flakes; and the different water and fat composition of cream in pastries was explained when making the Frozen Parfait with chocolate coffee magnum coated with hazelnut chocolate.

The Second Vitacare Health & Wellness Discovery Journey Series

Whenever I visit The Gardens Shopping Mall, I would drop by Vitacare to check out the latest health and wellness products ever since I attended the first Vitacare Health & Wellness Discovery Journey Series a few months ago. It is so much different from the other pharmacies where I could find unique products from the advice of the pharmacist there.

I was glad that I have joined the second Vitacare health & wellness discovery journey series and learnt more on one well-deserved self-pampering and beauty tips this time.
The second Vitacare health & wellness discovery journey series started with an in-depth session on essential oil by Florame. As a beauty junkie, I am quite familiar with essential oil. I like that essential oil has many healing benefits and special aromatherapy scent for different occasion. Florame produce certiied organic essential oils and cosmetics in Saint Remy De Provence, France. In fact, Florame was one of the first companies to develop organic cosmetics lines made from natural processes and raw materials, rigorously selected and certified by official labels.
Florame applies the strictest criteria when selecting the purest and most natural essential oils from around the world, their laboratory’s tests guarantee that are essential oils are:

- 100% pure: uncut with other essential oils
- 100% natural: not denatured by synthetic molecules
- 100% complete: not subject to any treatment that might eliminate molecules
- Organically Botanically and biochemically defines (EOBBD)
Certified by Ecocert 

Next, we had learnt the secrets to natural soaps by Sensenique Natural. Sensenique Natural handmade soaps are made using natural extracts and ingredients (such as olive oil, palm oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil) with a traditional cold process method which helps retain and preserve the goodness of natural ingredients used in the soap. You might not know why traditional cold process method is used, right? Actually, the production starts from mixing all base oils with sodium hydroxide and pure essential oils. Then the soap need to 'cure' or dry from inside out for minimum 30-45 days before labelling and selling. 

L’Oreal Malaysia’s Beauty For A Better Life Programme

21 young Malaysian women from underprivileged backgrounds celebrated a new beginning as certified hairdressers and makeup artists after 12 months of training with L’Oreal Malaysia’s Beauty For A Better Life programme, made possible through a partnership between the National Council of Women’s Organization (NCWO) and the Vocational Training Opportunity Centre by YWCA.
(From left to right): Dato Ramani Gurusamy, Co-Chairperson & Board of Governors of NCOW;  Susan Koh, Senior Corporate Communications Executive; Joanne Yeoh, President of YWCA; the graduates of Beauty For a Better Life 2017; June Yeoh, Chairperson & Board of Governors of VTOC; and Jean Loh, Corporate Communications Director of L'Oréal Malaysia  take a group photo.  

There is power in education. Women who possess knowledge have the ability and opportunity to make a difference in their own lives. Based on this belief, The L’Oreal Foundation launched Beauty For A Better Life worldwide, extending a helping hand to young, disadvantaged women in more than 20 countries from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

In Malaysia, the very first Beauty For A Better Life programme kicked off in 2016, providing disadvantaged young Malaysian women with training and skills in cosmetology, particularly hairdressing. 10 women successfully-graduated from the programme last year, and three of them immediately secured a job at Centro Hair Salon in The Garden Mall, Kuala Lumpur after completing their training.
The participants showcasing the looks they created with their models  (from left to right) Rock, Glamorous, and Romantic 

Partnering with the National Council of Women’s Organisation (NCWO) through the YWCA Vocational Training Opportunity Centre (VTOC), Beauty For A Better Life Malaysia aims to equip young disadvantage Malaysian women without access to education to help them obtain a recognised certification in a professional hair and beauty course so that they can find jobs in this field. 

As a leading advocate of women’s rights, NCWO unites women’s organisations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights, promote the development and advancement of women at all levels, advocate and monitor the full participation, inclusion and representation of all women in decision-making, as well as ensure equitable access for women as agents and beneficiaries in national development.

Supplements and Skincare with Cutting Edge Nutrition Science by USANA®

Everyone wants to achieve long term good health as well as look flawless, right? Hence, when I was invited to the launch of USANA® latest supplements and skincare line, I quickly RSVP myself to learn more from this US based nutritional company that is known for manufactures high-quality supplements, personal care and healthy products in its FDA-registered facility in Salt Lake City.
It was our first time visiting the beautiful USANA® Malaysia office at The Vertical Business Suite, Avenue 3, Bangsar South. There, we were honored to meet Dr. Rob Sinnott, USANA Chief Scientific Officer whom flew from US to KL for this grand launch event.
Dr. Rob Sinnott shared, “Your body has both a chemical and electrical system (the nervous system) and simply put, cell-signalling is the way your cells communicate with each other through chemical messengers within your body. InCelligence technology supports normal cellular communication by promoting healthy signals in our body and proactively activating healthy responses using a specific combination of nutrients. If we were all living under ideal conditions, the foods we eat will provide us with most of the nutrition and all the positive cell-signaling compounds we need. But there’s often a pretty big gap between the ideal condition and what our modern diet might be. So our goal is to fill in that gap with our supplements, making sure you’re getting the proper quantities of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, for example.”

“There are hundreds of things we can do with cell-signaling and we are just getting started. I’m so excited about the potential we have,” Sinnott added.
In fact, USANA® InCelligence® Technology is on the cutting-edge of nutritional science. As USANA scientists discovered how nutrients communicate with cells to initiate natural protection and renewal processes, they began re-evaluating their formulas and updating the products accordingly.

The Second PizzArt Campaign by Anchor Food Professionals

Calling all pizza and cheese fans, the PizzArt Campaign by Anchor Food Professionals is back! For the second time, Fonterra’s leading dairy food services segment, Anchor Food Professionals celebrates the festive season with a lot of cheesiness by elevating the pleasures of pizza to a whole new level.
Creative and yummy pizzas from The Second PizzArt Campaign by Anchor Food Professionals

Still remember the first PizzArt campaign, which was carried out nationwide from May to October 2017? This second PizzArt campaign takes the enjoyment of pizza a notch up by infusing global food trends into local favourites. There are 5 special pizza in this second PizzArt Campaign, from the meat-endowed-cheese-oozing PizzBurger which is the main attraction, to an ambitious all-meat-based UltiMeat Pizza, a spin on Chicago’s authentic Deep Cheese Pizza, a hearty Cheese Pretzza as well as delicate Pizza Rolls.
We were excited to be invited to the grand launch of second PizzArt campaign held at The Cooking House, Bangsar not long ago. There, Anchor Food Professionals’ Hot Cooking Chef, Chef Firuz demonstrated how one of their creations, Deep Cheese Pizza is made. The festive event was also followed by a PizzBurger eating competition, where the top three participants to chomp down the fastest walked away with cash prizes and Anchor Food Professionals premium gifts, congratulations to all the winners.
Ms Linda Tan, Director of Anchor Food Professionals Malaysia

“The global pizza phenomenon is constantly growing and evolving, and we realize its potential if adapted effectively in the local F&B scene. Beyond just jumping on the trendy bandwagon, we wanted to use our knowledge to further support our customers by bringing in global food trends to delight their consumers,” said Ms Linda Tan, Director of Anchor Food Professionals Malaysia at the unveiling of the second PizzArt campaign.

D’Danze Academy Presents Enchanted Forest 2017

Enchanted Forest: The Story

Imagine you’re an incredibly curious child.

Everything around you is a mystery – who painted the sky blue, where the rainbow ends, what it feels like to fly like a bird and to dive like a fish – and you absolutely have to find out the truth, to uncover the answers to your questions, or that nagging feeling inside just won’t let you sleep at night.
Now imagine that in your house, there is a mysterious chest. It looks so very much like the treasure chest in that swashbuckling pirate adventure storybook Momma reads to you some nights. The only difference is, while the pirates got to open their treasure chest and marvel at the sight of their newly acquired riches, you are not allowed even a peek into the chest.
Why? Nobody will tell you why.

Jamie was that exact child, in that exact situation. A bad combination indeed, for that nagging, burning little “why” was the very “how” that the forbidden chest was opened. Out came the Curses – Poverty, Sickness, Depression, Hatred, Pride, Desire, Indolence, Cowardice – bringing misery and destruction to all mankind. 

In the wake of such a tragedy, Jamie was approached by a little pixie. It took a little comforting and coaxing, but eventually, the child got up, determined to make amends, and followed the pixie into the Enchanted Forest.

The Curses were out there, and there was no way to recapture them. Instead, all Jamie could do was seek out the five Jewels.
But… why?
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