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Embroidery Workshop with Kate Lamteva

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You’re invited to participate in another Embroidery workshop facilitated by stylist, model and fashion designer Kate Lamteva. The class will be held on Sunday 15th September from 10am to 1:30pm at the Eastern & Oriental tea House & Coffee Parlour. Register here or email Kate : kate.lamteva@gmail.com

How to Make French Press Coffee Like a Barista

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Add 1 heaped tablespoon of ground coffee for every 1 cup of water 

Make sure your coffee is ground coarsely, not finely

Boil the water in a kettle, and once it has boiled, let the water cool for 1 minute before pouring into the French press

Pour half the water in, allow the coffee to bloom for a minute, then add the remaining half of the water

Press the plunger down gently

How to write a College Essay: A free workshop

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Date: Wednesday 11th September

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour

Address: 26 Quang An St, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Workshop presenter: Susanna Mathews, Connecticut College

Website: https://www.conncoll.edu/

 

About the workshop

This free program will detail how to write a convincing application essay that will set you apart from other applicants. We’ll discuss the purpose of the application essay as well as the challenges associated with writing and how to overcome these challenges.

Using examples from students that were successfully admitted to Connecticut College, we’ll walk through how to choose a topic, how an essay is evaluated and overall tips for success. No matter where you choose to apply, these tips will help you distinguish yourself in the best way possible!

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a private liberal arts and sciences college with 1,800 students hailing from across the US and 45 countries. The College offers 55 areas of study with the top majors being biological sciences, economics, English, government, international relations and psychology. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and all classes are taught by professors.

Connecticut College is distinguished by interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships and a commitment to faculty-student research. The College is nationally known for career and internship placement.

 

Free Art Folio Workshop by California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts is a private, non-profit school located in the San Francisco Bay area offering over 20 undergraduate programs in the areas of art, design, architecture and writing.

Come learn more about the portfolio requirement and get tips on how to build a strong portfolio for art school.

Thursday 5th September 6pm to 8pm @ the Eastern & Oriental tea House & Coffee Parlour

26 Quang An St, Tay Ho

Free entry

 

Visit https://www.cca.edu/ for more information about courses & entry requirements at California College of the Arts

Caramel macadamia slice recipe

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Here’s the recipe for our newest slice: make sure you use only the freshest of macadamia nuts for best results

 

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup (100g) plain flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup (35g) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
  • 175 gram butter
  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 250 gram unsalted macadamias, halved
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line an 18 x 28cm slice pan.
  • 2
    Using an electric mixer, beat egg and caster sugar together until pale and thick. Add oil and beat until well combined. Fold in combined flours. Spoon into prepared pan and spread to cover base evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, prepare topping. Place brown sugar, butter and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan on low heat. Stir for 5 minutes, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Simmer, without stirring, for 10 minutes, until caramelised. Add nuts.
  • 4
    Pour topping over base and, working quickly, spread evenly. Bake for another 10-12 minutes, until topping is golden. Cool in pan. Slice and serve.

Why does my coffee taste bitter & how to fix it

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There appear to be 4 main reasons behind bitter coffee. Here’s a summary:

 

  1. You have ground your coffee beans too finely. The increased surface area of the coffee, when it’s finely ground, means that more bitterness will leach out once you add hot water. 
  2. You’ve over-brewed it. Coffee made in a French press is particularly susceptible to bitterness. Once you’ve brewed your plunger coffee, pour it out into a thermos so that it stops steeping. Problem solved!
  3. The water’s too hot. Ideally, use water that’s heated to between 90 and 96 degrees celsius
  4. Did you clean your coffee equipment thoroughly? If there are traces of yesterday’s coffee in your coffee machine, there’s a good chance your brew will taste bitter.

 

Recipe of the week: Keto Avocado Brownies

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In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s avocado season in Hanoi at the moment. The tree in the backyard of the Eastern & Oriental is laden with enormous, shiny green fruit. Here’s our favorite avocado recipe  – it’s guaranteed to produce rich chocolate brownies that are moist & fudgey on the inside, and it’s both dairy-free & gluten-free.

Keto Avocado Brownies

 

2 large eggs

1 medium, ripe avocado (3/4 cup)

1/4 cup coconut oil

3–4 tbsp unsweetened, unsalted almond butter, cashew butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut-free)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar substitute

1/3 cup cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 tablespoons gelatin (optional, makes them chewy)

1/2 cup  chopped up chocolate

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of your food processor combine all of the ingredients.
  4. Blend on medium, low power until just smooth. Don’t over-mix. Use a spatula to scrape down the batter and then fold it together, mashing up any chucks of avocado left.
  5. Use the spatula to transfer the batter to the baking dish and smooth it out evenly.
  6. Top with chocolate chips
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges begin to separate from the sides.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before handling.
  9. Pick it up, carefully, by the parchment paper and set it on a cutting board.
  10. Cut into 8 squares! Enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

 

Source: https://thecastawaykitchen.com

 

Summer Modelling Shoot

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This week our back entrance & courtyard became the set for a summer modelling shoot by Emporium Hanoi with stylist Kate, model Van, make-up artist Elvira & photographer Hoang