There’s no doubt that Ralph Lauren is an arbiter of classic American style, and now the same can be said about classic American cuisine, too. Since opening The Polo Bar in New York City at the end of 2014, Lauren has been responsible for one of the hottest tables in NY. Many of the restaurant’s comforting yet elevated dishes have been vetted by the designer himself. The restaurant’s eponymous brownie is quite popular. Made with decadent Valrhona chocolate and topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, it embodies the wholesome yet indulgent ethos that the iconic designer stands for… I wanted to share this recipe because my kids love brownies and we make them for school sales all the time…. I haven’t tried this one yet but I can’t wait to do so soon… let me know if anyone of you out there tries this one out 😉
Ingredients (serves 12)
680g Valrhona Caraibe 66 percent chocolate
1,020g brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
90g Valrhona cocoa powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
255g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
350g walnut halves, cut into 4 pieces
200g Valrhona 70 per cent chocolate, chopped
In a bain-marie, melt the Caraibe chocolate and butter. Keep it over hot water until ready to use. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the melted chocolate mixture with brown sugar – the mixture will look separated. Mixing on medium speed, add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, slowly, to emulsify. It will still look separated. As you add the last egg, the mixture will all of a sudden turn into a beautiful, smooth and shiny mix. Mix for a further 90 seconds. This last bit of mixing adds some volume to the eggs, which assists in developing the beautiful crackly crust that is the hallmark of an awesome brownie. Add the cocoa powder, salt, flour and baking powder, mixing by hand until almost combined. Stir in the walnuts and chopped chocolate just to combine. Bake at 160°C for 45 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely. When cold, cut them into 7cm x 7cm squares. To serve, warm the brownie in the oven for 4 minutes, then dust lightly with icing sugar. Place in the center of a small plate. Add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, decorate with chocolate curls and serve with warm chocolate sauce.
Marion Cotillard looked stunning on the red carpet in a blue and white Dior Haute Couture silk gown at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. I love how the central ruffle of the bottom part of the gown ended just high enough so that we could catch a glimpse of her classic black pumps. Her make-up and sleek hairstyle complemented her sophisticated look…. This is the french style at its best… J’adore!
NewYork-based photographer Tricia Messeroux takes the cutest pictures of kids…. Her style or should I say specialty lies in taking pictures of kids dressed as celebrities!!!…. This year she recreated shots from the Golden Globes red carpet…. Check out her website Toddle Wood for more cute pictures… But not before checking out my favorite pictures from the Golden Globes!!!
Taylor Swift and mini me in a Donna Karan Atelier gown
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler in Armani
Anne Hathaway in Chanel
Last but not least Lucy Liu in a Carolina Herrera gown… This one is my favorite … I love the mini-me version of Lucy and think that she is just adorable… What about you? Who do you think looks better… the celebrities or the kids?
I love award season… love everything about it … especially The Fashion and Glamour part of it… I must say that there were a lot of “Blaa” dresses on the red carpet, and a lot of actresses wore the same style gowns that they usually wear…. However, there were 3 outfits that I felt were fashion forward and inspiring:
The Alexander McQueen gown that Kate Hudson wore just took my breath away….she looked like a modern Goddess!!! I just wish that she brushed her hair backward or something so that the embroidery would stand out more!
I don’t think that I have ever seen Amy Poehler look this good before!!!. She looked ultra chic and modern in that Stella McCartney suit and her Chopard necklace was just stunning.
Julianne Moore won a Golden Globe for her role in Game Change…. I would have given her an award just for wearing that beautiful minimalist, monochrome Tom Ford gown!!!
This year the Fashion Police hosts costumes were as colourful and funny as ever. From far left Kris Jenner was dressed as Psy, Kelly Osbourne dressed as Katy Perry, Joan Rivers dressed as Mariah Carey, George Kotsiopoulos as Brad Pitt from the Chanel No. 5 commercial, and Melissa Rivers as Nicki Minaj.
My favorite this year was Kelly Osbourne. She looked so much like Katy Perry…. Well done Kelly!