As the government announces that state of emergency curfews will be extended until the end of May, it seems this new state of being is here to stay. The question, then, is this: how do we as a society, plan to move forwards, and push through these trying times? As Society’s Luxury Authority, we at Prestige continue doing our utmost to provide you with indispensable content, all especially tailored to keep you safe, healthy, and informed from the comforts of your home.
Hence, the birth of this new column: Prestige How-To. Taking place of our weekly Prestige Planner series, this column is designed to provide you with all the most exciting recipes, activities, and pampering outlets for you to try throughout the week, as we all dutifully stay in to flatten the coronavirus curve. From how to bake your own delightfully gooey brownies, to how you can create your own face mist at home, we hope these fun tutorials can inspire you to stay creative, positive, and hopeful during your self-isolation.
Start your day with sunrise meditation.
While staying home might mean you’ve got more chance to sleep-in, why not switch up your routine and become an early riser? Start your day with a session of Singita’s inspiring sunrise meditation, led virtually by their Wellness Manager, Renée Rosettenstein. Expect soothing instructions that help you relax, de-stress, and feel invigorated — accompanied by a beautiful shot of the sun, rising slowly over expansive African plains.
Make yourself a face mist, and use it.
After meditating, there are few better ways to refresh your skin and get yourself ready for a new day, than by applying a cooling face mist. While it might be tougher to go out and get your go-to products with the imposed curfew restrictions, Capella Singapore has released a simple recipe, so you can create your own bottle of cucumber mint face mist. Coming with high levels of vitamin C which can help soothe your skin and give it that revitalised glow, the recipe is also completely natural, using ingredients such as cucumber, mint, and lemon. Here’s what you need to do.
What you need:
A chopped cucumber
Half a lemon
Mint tea (1 bag)
Distilled water (1 /2 cup)
A spray bottle
How to make it:
1 Juice the cucumber. Once juiced, add in lemon juice.
2 Steep the bag of mint tea in hot water for around five minutes, then allow the tea to cool.
3 Combine the cucumber-lemon juice and cooled tea together in a spray bottle.
4 Store the spray bottle in the refrigerator. Once cooled, apply onto the face at the start and end of the day — or even in between!
Shake up a Tom Yum cocktail.
As we wait for news on whether or not the alcohol ban is here to stay, now might be a good time to take up cocktail-making as a hobby. If you’ve been through the classics and are looking for more than your average mojito, Banyan Tree Samui has released their signature Tom Yum Cocktail recipe for regulars to recreate from the comforts of home. We’ve summed up the steps for you below.
What you need:
Vodka (60 ml)
Lime juice (40 ml)
Sugar syrup (20 ml)
Lime wedges (6 pieces)
Brown sugar (15 mg)
How to make it:
Place all your ingredients in a stirring cup, and mash and stir until juicy. Once fully blended, pour the mixture over ice, and enjoy.
Bake divinely gooey chocolate caramel brownies
Fans of Dominique Ansel will be delighted to know that a recipe from his latest cookbook is now available on IGTV. That’s right, you can now stream an extensive tutorial on how to replicate his delightfully rich and gooey, dark chocolate and caramel brownies. In the 12-minute clip, Ansel goes over his special method of preparing the dark chocolate, and making that soft, salted caramel we love. He also offers a few helpful insider tips, from how to tell when the caramel sauce is ready (hint: the bubbles get bigger), to which brand of chocolate is his personal favourite. Pre-heat your oven, and create your own brownies with the clip below. For those who prefer reading, you can also get the recipe in Dominique Ansel’s cookbook ‘Everybody Can Bake’.
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Repost from @GreatJones / Baking cakes and brownies on a sheet tray (that’s at least 1” tall) allows for an even uniform layer, so you can cut it into any shape you’d like, from individual bites to a large round for the base of a layered cake. It’s how we assemble cakes here in our kitchens, and I’ll show you how in my book, Everyone Can Bake. (Link in bio⬆️) Here’s what you’ll need: INGREDIENTS (this recipe makes a big batch since we’re filling a sheet tray): 300 g (2 2/3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp 600 g (3 cups) sugar 270 g (6 large) eggs 140 g (1 cup + 8 tsp) cocoa powder 6 g (1 tsp) salt 8 g (2 tsp) baking powder 230 g (2 cup) AP flour 450 g (16 oz, or 2 2/3 cups) chocolate chips* *I used Valrhona Caraibe 66% dark chocolate chips for this, but you can use milk chocolate chips or a combo of both EQUIPMENT: Half sheet pan that’s 1-inch tall or higher (you can use an 8″ round cake pan or square baking pan too) Silicone mat Mixing bowl Spatula Whisk / 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). / 2. Combine butter & 200 g (1 cup) sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring slowly, until sugar dissolves and butter has melted, 1-2 min. / 3. Whisk together eggs & remaining 400 g (2 cups) sugar until smooth. / 4. Pour sugar mixture into egg mixture, whisk to combine. Add cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, & flour. Whisk to combine. Fold in chocolate chips with a spatula until evenly incorporated. Pour batter into the sheet pan lined with a silicone mat until it reaches halfway up the sides. Level surface with a spatula if needed. / 5. Bake for about 25 min if using a sheet pan (if using a square baking pan or round cake pan, baking time will vary). Because of their dark color, it’s harder to tell when brownies are ready. Look for the top to set, with a few cracks in the surface. / 6. Let the brownie cool completely on the sheet pan, then gently run an offset spatula around the edges to loosen from the pan. To unmold, place a piece of parchment paper on top of the brownie, then another sheet pan on top. Invert, then gently peel away the silicone mat. Set aside until ready to glaze with caramel. / Check out #EveryoneCanBake for the Soft Caramel recipe.