“À La recherche du temps perdu”

Lockdown Day 22• “Picture yourself in a boat on a river with Tangerine trees and Marmalade skies”•Tsoureki On my Mind• A great tasting Easter Greek Bread •The braid symbolises the holy trinity and resurrection of Life that comes with springtime…

Music serves to remind us of who we were at a given moment of our lives, where we were, what we dreamed of, what we feared and of course who we loved …

It also has the Power to regulate our Appetite during our meals: when listening to soft music while eating we consume 3 bites Per Minute and rate the food as more enjoyable.

Sonic Seasoning suggests that sound can alter food; when you listen to High notes while eating something sweet it would taste sweeter!

I enjoyed eating a piece of #tsoureki while listening to #lucyintheskywithdiamonds Although the title was widely perceived to be a coded reference to LSD as John Lennon who wrote it was known to drop acid, the name in fact was taken from a drawing of a schoolfriend by the 4 year old son of Lennon… And in 1980, he claimed the main inspiration came from Alice in Wonderland…

On another note, I grew up listening to the #beatles and during this #quarantine I noticed the power of Nostalgic thoughts as they give us a warm glow; as I’ve been having enough time to sit with myself, reflect and recall so many memories… And that makes me feel physically warmer after listening to songs … It is thought the phenomenon can be explained by a cross-over in the brain, with a region involved in feelings also being key to how the body feels …

Each bite of this Tsoureki (a traditional Easter Food prepared at home)when paired with the Beatles music acted in a similar way to the “humble madeleine” and made me rethink Proust’s theory that says more than a madeleine: certain objects or odors call memories , how about certain times#coronatimes a certain#lockdown and an extended#quarantine ? “À la recherche du temps perdu” #insearchoflosttime2020


135 g reduced fat butter
135g skimmed milk @taanayellesfermes
200g brown sugar
4 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
800 g Whole wheat Flour
20 g instant yeast
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 Bousfeir (Bitter Orange/ Bigarade Orange)
6g masticha
4g mahlab

Method of Preparation:

1-In a saucepan place the milk, butter and sugar and stir on low heat until sugar is dissolved
2-In a large mixing bowl place the eggs with vanilla and whisk with sugar.
3-Substitute the whisker with a dough Kneader  and gradually add the flour, milk mixture, yeast and the rest of the ingredients.
4-Let the dough rest for an hour or two in a warm place.
5-Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
6-Divide into small bowls and roll each into 20 cm long strips.Lay three strips side by side pinching together at one end and braid.Pinch together at the other end to hold the loaf intact.
You can press a boiled egg between the strips of the braid.
7-Place the breads on a cooking tray and Brush with a beaten egg.
8-Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
9-Enjoy a slice or two for Breakfast in the morning with a teaspoon of honey @atelierdumiel and a glass orange juice for a better immunity fighting off #covid19 #corona2020 and better enjoying this #lockdown and #quarantine
10-If you are more into salty Breakfasts, You could enjoy it with boiled eggs and try one slice with a teaspoon of #marmalade as it is a bitter jam!

Bon’ App xx

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