French cakes and rich kids : introducing Nyx’s corner

Hello friends! I know, I know. It’s Saturday today, and you’re wondering just what I am DOING here. Well, I’m not really here, because… SURPRISE! Today is the day I’m introducing something, REALLY new…I am a VERY nervous bean about all of this.Β 

Remember a while ago, when I revealed that I had a sidekick forever helping me with the blog? Well…today I am welcoming you to a very different and new feature, hosted by THE SIDEKICK in question…my wonderful sister / twinnie / travelling buddy / my ears when I need to scream about books and life and everything. Β Once a month, my sister will take over Drizzle & Hurricane Books for a very new blog post about different things than books and travelling. Different things we all love – I think ? And I hope you’ll enjoy it. So, without further ado…I’m leaving my sister here with you. TAKE CARE OF HER okay. She’s small. (Okay, you’re gonna read this and yeah okay sorry.) By the way, her name’s Fanny. And her nickname’s Nyx. So, introducing you… Nyx’s Corner ! And yeah, I’m leaving now. See you guys tomorrow for…EXCITING NEWS!
😘 Marie


Hi there! I’m so excited to finally meet you all and kinda super nervous about my post at the same time. Hope you’ll like it but before starting let me introduce myself properly. My name is Fanny but I go by Nyx, don’t ask me why I don’t even know haha. Marie’s my adorable little sister (you got that by now i’m sure..).Β  I’m 25 (god I am old!) and I’m currently living in Alsace – France. I’m working in communication, and i’m in love with books, tv shows, travelling and food. I think it’s enough for now…;)

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Let’s get right into it and start with…*drumrolls please* a French recipe ! Madeleines are tea cakes, best known forΒ their elegant shell shape. Their flavor is sweet and it goes perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. For all those dessert suckers out there, the best is to add Nutella in the bottom of the tin, the batter poured on top of it and there you go, you have the perfect 4 p.m snack, a combinaison of buttery sweetness and caramelized sugar from the baked Nutella.



1. Melt the butter in a microwave or saucepan ;
2. In another bowl, blend the eggs and sugar together until well mixed. Add the flour and the baking powder and continue mixing ;
3. Add the melted butter and the milk until you get a batter nor too thick nor too liquid ;
4. Let it rest for about half an hour ;
5. Butter a madeleine tin and place a small dollop of nutella into the center of each well. Spoon the batter into the madeleine forms over the nutella until 3/4 full. The madeleines will rise while cooking ;
6. Bake the madeleines for 10 minutes. Don’t open the oven door if you don’t want the characteristic dome to deflate !

INGREDIENTS – for approximately 30 madeleines :

Picture from Pinterest

🍴 100 g. of butter
🍴 3 eggs
🍴 150 g. of sugar
🍴 200 g. of flour
🍴 About 10 g. of baking powder
🍴 Some (well…a lot if you’re fond of chocolate) tablespoons of Nutella
🍴 Some tablespoons of milk (to ajust depending on the batter)


Apart from cooking and well.. eating, i am also a huge tv shows addict. I know what you’re thinking and no i am not fat. I’m actually really small (yes it’s true, my sister is right haha)! Let’s stay on topic, and yes this show i’m going to talk about is old but it’s one of my favorites (you should all know that my all-time favorite is and forever will be… FRIENDS). Maybe you’ll even want to do a rewatch after reading what’s next… This american teen drama television series is about a bunch of rich kids living on the West Coast…welcome to the OC !



Created by Josh Schwartz, the OC portrays the lives of a group of teenagers and their families residing in the wealthy, upper-class, seaside neighborhood of Newport Beach, in Orange County, California. A troubled youth, Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) winds up in the midst of this high-class society. He is adopted by the philanthropic and wealthy Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) and Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher). Along the seasons, we watch Ryan and his Β« brand new Β» brother Seth (Adam Brody), a socially awkward yet quick-witted teenager, dealing with life as outsiders and navigating their relationships with girl-next-door Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton)Β  and Seth’s childhood crush Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson).


The OC is a show both witty and self-aware. It underlinesΒ themes such as inter-generational conflict, social class, alcoholism and drug addiction, political activism, emotional insecurity… These topics are tackled sometimes with lighthearted comedy and sometimes with heightened drama which makes the OC a surprisingly enjoyable TV soap opera. You get quickly drawn in and you can easily relate to the struggles the characters are going through even if their day-to-day lives are completely foreign from our own (i don’t know about you, but i do not have a pool in my house, i don’t own a boat or fancy clothes and jewerly that cost a arm and a leg !). Of course, it’s sometimes corny, melodramatic and predictable, but hell it works ! The plus? A great soundtrack !

the OC
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The OC originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from 2003 to 2007, running a total of four seasons. It received generally positive reviews from critics, especially for the first and second season. However, the third one was met with mostly negative reception before coming back with a brand new energy for the final season.

πŸ‘“Β  Creator : Josh Schwartz
πŸ‘“Β  Cast : Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher, Ben McKenzie, Rachel Bilson…
πŸ‘“Β Genre : Comedy, drama, romance
πŸ‘“Β  Runtime : 40 minutes
πŸ‘“Β  Recommendations in this genre : Gossip Girl, 90210…


Do you likeΒ French food ? Say yes, please don’t break my heart. Did you ever eatΒ Madeleines? Do you want to try this recipe? πŸ’¬

Already watched the OC? What did you think? Who’s your favorite character? Do you think Ryan looks like a little puppy?

What’s your favorite tv show right now?Β Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬


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64 thoughts on “French cakes and rich kids : introducing Nyx’s corner

  1. Welcome to the blog! πŸ™‚ That recipe looks DELICIOUS. My favorite TV show right now is Lost– I have 8 more episodes until I finish the entire thing, eek! Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re sweet, thank you! 😘 Well, hopefully I’ll talk more about French food. But if you already know all about the perfection of French bakeries you’re good to go 😁

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  2. Hello, Nyx! It’s nice to finally internet-meet you. πŸ˜› Never say you are old OKAY because it makes me feel like I’m also getting ooooold. And yay for communications – I work in communications as well and am in love with all the things you’re in love with. πŸ™‚

    I haven’t watched The OC yet but Friends will always be my favourite TV show! I’ve watched that show back to back probably about 6-7 times, no joke. I’m currently into Modern Family, though. Have you seen that one yet?

    Thanks for sharing your recipe for these madeleines! I bake a bit myself but have never tried to do these ones before, although I think I might do green tea madeleines instead because I’ve got tons of green tea powder left.

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    1. Hi there, nice to internet-meet you too! 😘 Well, we can be old together haha! And it seems like we have a lot in common 😊 Same for Friends, I know all the episodes by heart! I have seen a few episodes of Modern Family, but one day I should really start by the first one. Green tea madeleines?! That’s such a great idea. I haven’t tried that recipe yet, it’s certainly on my to-do-list now πŸ™ˆ


      1. I know! I even sometimes mouth the words for the characters as they’re saying it in Friends, haha. I am OBSESSED, I swear it’s to a point where it’s not healthy anymore. πŸ˜›

        I’d recommend Modern Family! I don’t find it as funny as Friends, but I love the whole family theme they have there, and I think it has a bit more universal appeal as you get to see characters in various stages of their lives. πŸ™‚

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  3. FIIIIINALLY MEETING THE AWESOME SIDEKICK (Sorry, I’m a very excited person by nature, Marie can testify on that πŸ˜‚) I’ve heard so many greet things about you and I was wondering if you’ll ever get introduced properly and it happened and I’m so happy about it. So, welcome ❀
    And oh my god ! I love Madeleines, my mom always makes them and they’re heaven, especially with Nutella 😍
    I’ve never heard of the OC, but my favorite TV show would be either One Tree Hill or Grey’s anatomy but since OTH is long over, at the moment it’s GA.
    Once again, it’s so nice meeting you 😊

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    1. Awww thank you, you’re the sweetest! 😘 Yeeees, Nutella adds the little chocolate we’re all craving for! You should really give it a try one day. I never watched GA because i’m not that fond of all doctor stuffs related haha, but OTH is a really good one 😊

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      1. I will try to make some time for it but this girl right here is addicted to TV shows too so I kind of watch too many πŸ˜‚ But I recently lost interest in a lot of them so I’ll see.
        Well I was always fascinated by all things medicine (I’m a med student shocker ! Ahaha) I used to watch Dr House too when it was on M6, or was it TF1 ? I really don’t remember.

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      2. I’m sure you’ll do great! Just remember to take big deep breaths and I’ll send you some good vibes 😘 That’s really amazing that you found your calling πŸ‘

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  4. *SQUEALS* HELLO NYX! It probably does NOT leave a good impression that your first encounter of me has me is like meeting that psycho fan in all the scary movies BUT I CANNOT HELP IT. HELLO! EEEEEEEE!

    Firstly THANK YOU for those links because I WILL be stalking you both on GOODREADS AND TWITTER. Ahem. Yea, this whole first impression thing isn’t going too well is it?

    YOUR RECIPE IS MAKING ME WANT TO EAT FOOD and that really is not good at 1:10am when the lights are out around the house and I want to start cooking (what will probably turn into a burnt mess) BUT I CAN JUST IMAGINE ITS GLORIOUSNESS. (I LIKE FRENCH FOOD, I LIKE FRENCH FOOD A LOT)

    I haven’t watch the OC before and its probably not the type of show I would normally watch BUT you, like your GLORIOUS sister, have a way of convincing me the sky is green and changing my mind in the BEST WAYS. My favourite TV show at the moment is White Collar which is WHEWWW, get-ting inTENSE.

    ANYWAY, its so nice to meet you! AND I AM SO HAPPY FOR NYX’S CORNER!

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    1. OH MY, you’re such a delight!!!! 😘😘 And please stalk ahead, I’m a stalker myself, it’s like we were meant to meet hahaha πŸ™ˆ Well, just wait a few hours and BAKEEE ! Haha, my sister is glorious indeed! Let me know if you give it a try 😊

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  5. Oh my gosh, yay!! It’s so nice to meet you, Fanny! I am so excited to continue to see your travel and miscellaneous posts in the future as Nyx. And I DO love French food even though I haven’t had much of it. We used to have this cafe owned by a French couple that focused on crΓͺpes but, unfortunately, they relocated farther away. ): And the TV show I’m not quite obsessed with yet but am watching is Grey’s Anatomy. πŸ˜›

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    1. Aww, you’re sweet! Thank you very much 😘 That’s too bad, crΓͺpes are so awesome! I’ve never watched GA, I’m not really fond of all doctor stuffs related haha. Hope you enjoy it though 😊

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  6. Hi Nyx! It’s nice to meet you (kinda, over the internet anyway), and welcome to WordPress as well! πŸ˜€
    Oh I love baking, I haven’t actually baked anything in ages though but wow those look amazing, and I love Nutella as well so I seriously need to try these one day πŸ™‚
    I haven’t watched The O.C. in ages but I used to be completely addicted to that show, and some of the storylines were so tense I was clued to my TV screen. I think my TV taste has changed dramatically since because now I’m mainly into fantasy/supernatural TV shows,

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    1. Hi Beth! So nice to meet you too 😘 Thank you, you should definitely try those, i’m sure you’ll love it! Haha, same for me I was addicted and I still re-watch some episodes sometimes. What are you watching right now? 😊

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      1. That’s all right and hopefully they’ll be just the thing I need to re-start my baking addiction! πŸ™‚
        I honestly haven’t even thought about The O.C. in ages but now you’ve mentioned it I’m kinda feeling the need to re-watch the series again! At the moment I’m trying to catch up on season 11 of Supernatural, I’m way behind! πŸ˜€

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      2. Baking is the best addiction anyone can have haha πŸ™ˆ Glad it made you want to re-watch it 😊 Too many tv shows and so little time… πŸ™ˆ

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  7. Hey there, Nyx! πŸ˜€

    Oh no, don’t say your old at twenty-five! I’m several years older than you, but I’m definitely not old. (I–I don’t think, anyway. Oh god, AM I old? Nooo~)

    I’m fairly awful in the kitchen, but I’m bookmarking your recipe for when I’m feeling brave and bakey; it looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Merciiii! 😘 Ah Gilmore Girls, j’avais jamais regardΓ© et j’ai dΓ©cidΓ© de me lancer! Je suis Γ  la 3Γ¨me saison 😁 Haha, peut-Γͺtre pas, mais c’est tellement bon, comment rΓ©sister?! πŸ™ˆ

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  8. Brilliant first post, Nyx πŸ™‚ I’m only a new-ish follower of Marie’s, but I really enjoy her blog and I’m excited for this new feature πŸ˜€ Also, don’t worry – I’m 26 so you’re not the oldest one here πŸ˜†.

    I can’t say I’ve heard of Madeleines before, but anything that has Nutella in it then I’m sold! I occasionally bake, but it never really turns out too well πŸ˜… My younger sisters have more success though so I think I might throw out some subtle hints for them to try this.

    The OC was my entire life! I loved that show so much. I was so sad when it ended. I don’t feel like any teen drama will compare to how brilliant it was. I really need to rewatch the series!

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    1. Thank you so much! 😘😘 Haha, great idea! I’m sure you’ll both enjoy it 😊 Yeeees, I was sad too, it was a really great show. Which character did you liked the most? 😊


      1. Haha yes it’s a though choice! I would have to say Summer and Seth 😍 But yes you’re right, the four of them make such a great team!


  9. These madeleines look DELICIOUS. I can’t believe they don’t sell them here in England!! I would love to make them, but I haven’t heard of them before, so I don’t have a special tin. Do you think it would work in a normal cupcake tray (where the holes are circular)? Lovely post, Nyx! I’m so excited for more of Nyx’s corner ❀

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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  10. Hello Nyx! It’s nice to meet you. πŸ™‚
    I really enjoyed reading this post – and I’ll be bookmarking so I can make Madeleine’s in the future. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ve never tried them, but it looks like it tastes delicious (and I love chocolate)


  11. Nyx!!!! AAAAAH! You’ve been like this mysterious yet very important presence in Marie’s life that I constantly kept hearing about. IT IS SO GREAT TO MEET YOU!
    You already got me super hungry with your recipe (definitely trying that one day) and nostalgic with the OC. I LOVE THAT SHOW! It’s always been a must-watch and you are right, the soundtrack is amazing. I am probably most like Taylor (and Seth), which is the only reason that I got over a certain character’s exit (being all cryptic because I never know who reads the comments and hasn’t watched the show yet – those people do exist!)
    Lovely to see you as part of Drizzle and Hurricane now! Who of two is the drizzle and who’s the hurricane? hahaha


    1. KAAAT! I’ve heard so much about you, it’s so nice to finally meet you, well…internet-meet you anyway haha! Thank you, you’re the sweetest 😘 Hope you’ll like it 😊 Hahaha, yeees! I must say it wasn’t my favorite character so it didn’t ruin at all the serie for me as it did for some people. I’m much more in love with Summer and Seth, and yeaah Taylor, I absolutely loved that character developing! 😊 As for the drizzle and hurricanne, that’s a though question, we gotta ask Marie on that one haha 😁


      1. It really is great to finally talk computer-screen-to-computer-screen with you in person πŸ˜€
        That person wasn’t my favourite character either, but I always feel weird when people who’ve been there for seasons are suddenly gone. Summer and Seth are still relationship goals!

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  12. Welcome Nyx!

    Those Madeleine’s look delicious! I shall face to seek out the appropriate tray, so I can try your recipe one day.

    RE the OC, oh my gosh I loved that show! I’m from the UK, so like you I got to binge watch it all once it was out on region 2 DVD! And Ryan, be still my beating heart…


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  13. I don’t really know a lot of French food … I think French food and I think of snails… But I do like Madeleine’s πŸ™‚ I don’t watch the OC though… I’m sorry! πŸ˜‚

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      1. Yeees exactly!! All French people are wearing bΓ©rets and eating baguettes (well, truth be told we do eat baguettes and it’s delicious 😁) 😊

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  14. Love this post! It’s so nice to meet you Nyx πŸ˜€ And I love Friends and the OC- they’re two of my all-time favourite shows- so glad to meet another fan! And I agree about OC being self-aware- it’s actually a really clever show. πŸ™‚

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  15. Hi Nyxs!

    It’s nice to finally meet you πŸ˜€
    How was your experience? How does it feel to get so much internet love? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I haven’t tried authentic French food, but i want to SO BAD! If I get all the ingredients I will try this recipe. i promise I will try not to burn the kitchen down. :p

    I haven’t watched OC, but I want to! I am currently watching Gossip Girls. Yes, I am old, I watch series ages after they first hit the screen :p
    Apart from GG, I love LOVE House! I have watched the series so many times it’s surprising I haven’t reached a House slump!

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    1. Hiii! So nice to meet you too! 😘 So far it’s been great, i’m really excited about my next posts. As for the love, it’s just wonderful, you’re all so sweet 😍 Haha, well you should try it, i’m pretty sure you’ll love it! Aaah Gossip Girl, I loved that tv show 😊 And better now than never right? πŸ™ˆ


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