about me copyMélanger [may-lahn-zjay]  is Julia.  Baking enthusiast. 

Each month, a new baking theme is featured on MélangerA new theme devoted to sharing my favourite recipes, discovering new sweet dishes, perfecting a fundamental technique of patisserie and baking, or celebrating a new season.

Join me as I discover and share each new theme.  Browse some of my favourite past themes now.  Perfecting caramelDiscovering regional French bakingInvestigating pastry fundamentalsCelebration cakes.

There are many baking and pastry recipes around the world.  My journey is navigating an always sweet menu of the classics (some familiar, some not so familiar), learning and polishing my techniques, and ultimately making the favourites my very own.

My dedication of French macarons - from my ever expanding French macaron ‘how to’, to my ’12 days of holiday macarons’ special, to my champagne macaron wedding favours, to my stable of assorted flavours including salted caramel, lavender, rose and raspberry, pistachio, café au lait, mint, passionfruit, lemon, blueberry, liquorice, matcha tea and (the totally uniquely Finnish influenced) cardamom-coffee – has produced a truly signature dessert for me.

For me there are very few things more rewarding in life than baking.  For a number of years I have been the ‘resident’ baker of the family.  Each birthday I will religiously present an ensemble of flour, sugar, butter and eggs in many forms.  That has extended to cookie and cake treats during the holidays.  When entertaining, a brunch will inevitably include home baked bread, and a lunch or dinner will end with a baked dessert or pastry.  I will use every opportunity to bake.

Having been fortunate to live in various countries around the world (and traveled to many more), I have also been inspired by the subtlety of regional differences in baking.  I am fascinated of the origin of many baked goods and how a seemingly similar set of ingredients can produce such different outcomes.  This makes baking for me an intriguing process.

Mélanger is a publication about my passion of baking.  Through my stories, recipes and images, I hope you enjoy sharing in my journey that carries me through discoveries and reflections of home comforts and inspired travel… through holidays, celebrations, entertaining, new destinations or a re-discovery of familiar ones.

Mélanger captures how baking guides the mix that is my life.

 

 

 

All words and photography by Julia @Mélanger. Copyright © 2008-2010 unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

30 Responses to “ About ”

  1. elra says:

    How nice it is to know you Julia. We have similar passion, though I never been living in many different country as you do, I do travel a lot as well.

    Looking forward for more of your baking recipes.
    Cheers,
    elra

  2. burpexcuzme says:

    You have amazing pictures. May I know what camera you use?

  3. Laurie says:

    What a gorgeous blog!!

  4. Karin says:

    How interesting! we have the baking and traveling in common.
    Where do you live at the moment?
    Have a very sweet day!
    x
    Karin

  5. shaz says:

    Just found your blog through Y and your macaron obsession! (one of those things I’m a bit scared to bake but love to eat):).

    Will definitely be back

    cheers
    shaz

  6. May I just say this photo is beautiful? :D

  7. Divina says:

    Your photos are stunning. I enjoyed looking at your blog as well as looking forward to making your recipes.

  8. Yes,the others who have commented are right–you’re photos are fantastic. I’m inspired to do better with mine. I am also amazed at the thoroughness of your treatise and creativity with macaroons. You are absolutely right that the Italian meringue is the most stable for the job.

  9. Jessica says:

    lovely blog, julia! i will definitely be dropping by.

  10. Jane M. says:

    Julia, I just found your blog and, like all others who have found it, think it is truly wonderful. Beautiful in every way.

    Jane

  11. Jeff says:

    I love your blog and the creativity you show!

    Having just looked through my cookbook selection – I have (not counting BH&G) three baking books and want to expand my library. You mention yours in today’s post – would it be possible to get the names of some of your favorites? Your efforts are very inspirational!

  12. Jeff says:

    Julia,

    Thanks for sharing your ideas for expanding the cookbook library at E Street Kitchen! I feel a little (actually a lot) overwhelmed when I look for baking books and easily get distracted – your input will help me with some tried and true recommendations!

    Your recommendations were right on re: baking. I love bread and “someday” would like to become a better bread baker, but it just isn’t in the cards right now. Until then – I will focus on sweets (no matter how much “suffering” is involved in that decision!).

    Your recommendation re: David Lebovitz’s “Perfect Scoop” is right on the mark. I am waiting now for it to arrive and have made several of his ice creams with recipes found on the web…. all have been huge hits and some have already been repeats!!!!! As I write this – I am brining some chicken (didn’t have any pork) using “The Sweet Life In Paris” recipe for Roast Pork With Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze.

    I appreciate your time and input!

    Best regards with wishes that all is well!

    Jeff Davis

  13. trissalicious says:

    Hi Julia

    What a great blog and I do love the caramel ice cream post – your pictures just blow me away. I noticed you also went to savour for the macaron class – so did I! Wasn’t it totally worth it?

    Trissa

  14. Michelle says:

    Wow I love your blog, your photography is amazing and I only WISH I could make macarons like you, they are so hard!!!

  15. Anna says:

    Love your blog. So inspiring to me as a new baker. I can see how rewarding it really is. Looking forward to trying out some of your amazing recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Mei Yen says:

    Hello Julia,

    I’m sorry I didn’t have time to say good bye to you last night. I had to rush off to pick my sis up from the airport. Guess what? She brought some Sri Lankan cardamom tea with her – it’s lovely! I forgot to tell you that if you’re interested in coming along to my book launch it’s tomorrow at Avid Reader bookshop from 6pm. I’m talking to Sally Lynch fr Taste Trekkers about the state of cheap eating in Brisbane. Your blog looks fantastic and I love your pictures!
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  17. I am extremely jealous that you have baking talent- somehow I stuff up everything I bake. I did make a semi successful cheesecake the other day, so maybe the curse is lifting. I love love love macaroons so maybe I will attempt some this week. I’m pretty sure, with my baking history, that I should just go and buy some but will persist anyway.

  18. trissalicious says:

    Hi Julia
    I’ve given you an award – please come stop by my blog to pick it up. I gave it to you because I love your monthly themes – they are fab and so inspiring. Plus you taught me how to make collages! Really grateful.
    Trissa

  19. Hi Julia
    I just happened on your blog and I think it’s really lovely! I’m looking forward to seeing more! I also thought you might enjoy mine: provencepost.com. Meanwhile, best wishes. –Julie

  20. Cristina says:

    Great blog !!! Source of inspiration! I started mine yesterday. I LOVED your macarons….Happy Xmas!

  21. Cristina says:

    Great blog !! You ARE a macaron expert !!!
    Congratulations…

  22. Milena says:

    Hello! Congratulations on the blog! Amazing!

    I live in Brazil and I’m going to Brisbane in January to spend 6 months. I’m looking for a patisserie school and a natural cookery school in Brisbane or in the cities nearby. Would you recommend anyone to me?

    Thanks for your attention,

  23. Hi Julia, you have a very lovely site! Have a happy new year!!

  24. Annapet says:

    Bonjour, Julia! I’m so happy to stumble upon your site and will check back often. Baking is something I have discovered a few months ago (off season for tomatoes). I enjoy making macarons.

  25. Ally says:

    I cannot believe I only just found this beautiful blog. Kudos Julia! Gorgeous recipes, gorgeous photos. Yes, I have a crush on a website. Keep up the good work :)

  26. nakedbeet says:

    So great to see that your ambition wasn’t wasted. Isn’t food research fun? I’m looking for apple pectin for a recipe I’m developing, myself. I hope I have some luck in N.Y.

  27. Sandra says:

    Hi Julia,

    I want to try making french macaroons. Is egg white powder the same as meringue powder? If not, where can egg white powder be found?

  28. Doc-G says:

    Hi Julia,

    LOVE your blog. Recipes are fantastic. Great to see some recipes from my Mothers side like the Pulla. Would love to see a recipe for Hungarian Dobos and/or Beigli.

    Will be watching your blog with mouth watering delight!!

    Regards,

    Doc-G

    ‘The Foodologist’
    http://www.foodologist.com

  29. Evelyn says:

    I just love everythng European and anything to do with cooking so this site does it for me; can’t wait to try some of the recipes and browse for hours to find my favourites.
    Thanks, Julia
    PS any relation to the other famous Julia?

  30. What a beautiful blog! And I’m so happy to stumble across another food blogger from Brisbane. I grew up in Brisbane but am now living in Zurich and I’ve only recently started my own food blog. I will be a frequent visitor here, for sure!

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