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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

 

5 tips to help you make the best possible coffee at home

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1.Keep your kettle and your coffee pot clean by washing the inside & outside with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Apparently there are more germs on your coffee pot than on the toilet door handle!!!

 

2. Store your coffee in an air-tight container, but don’t be tempted to put it in the fridge or the freezer – this will dry it out. Keep coffee away from air cons and heaters too. 

 

3. Grind your coffee and use it immediately. Coffee snobs will tell you that once ground, coffee goes stale within 5 minutes.

 

4. Use filtered water.

 

5. Unless you’re making iced coffee, don’t pour your coffee into a cold cup. While you prepare your coffee, pour some hot water into your coffee mug to keep it warm and toasty.

 

Recipe of the Week: Watermelon Gin

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With watermelons costing less than 10,000vnd per kilo at the moment, why not take advantage and knock up a jug of delicious Watermelon Gin? Here’s our recipe:

1 large watermelon, chilled

2 cups gin

ice

mint to garnish

Remove the rind and seeds from the water melon, cut into chunks and place in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large jug, add the gin & ice. Garnish with a small triangle of watermelon & some fresh mint.

For a slushie effect, simply freeze the watermelon.

Embroidery Classes @ the Oriental Cafe

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Kate Lamteva is currently running a series of embroidery classes at the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour every Sunday from 7th July until 28th July. Novices, intermediates & experts are all welcome to join. Email Kate for details: kate.lamteva@gmail.com

Is drinking Hibiscus tea good for your health?

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You’ve probably read online some  vague comments like “studies prove a positive link between hibiscus consumption and reducing cholesterol”. The jury is still out on the claims that drinking hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and even kill intestinal worms. There is some evidence to suggest the hibiscus is a mild laxative and in some parts of Africa, people drink hibiscus tea to lower their body temperature (living in Asia, we’re familiar with the idea that eating some fruits such as lychees can make us feel hotter).

What can be said with confidence is that hibiscus is caffeine-free and virtually calorie-free. It tastes especially delicious with strawberries, which are in season in Hanoi right now.