Thursday, August 28, 2008

Random thoughts and a mess of mama's BBQ


I have been thinking about the entry into next years Chocolate Fantasy. I have been combing the property for styles and ideas and I think I have hit upon one. Not going into it but I think it should work. May include a plant like theme but then I don't know the actual theme to Choc. Fant. yet so that hinders me.

We need to revamp the truffles at work, the flavors are getting dull. Also need more time to do such things..never ever seems to be enough time, even with a full staff.

I bought a "new to me" book yesterday. Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations by Nancie McDermott. I have been eyeballing this book for about a year and never had the extra dough to buy it. As a transplanted southerner in New Mexico, I have found this book to be delicious, visually and recipe-wise. There is even a recipe for my favorite thing during Christmas....Boiled Custard!! It may be bad for you but it is soooo delicious.

I was going to put some lyrics here from Emmet Otter's JugBand Xmas but could not find it properly, so here is the song in the Video. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Busy Breakfast

Busy Breakfast

Well the end of summer is bringing the upswing in business. Mornings are getting busier and parties are getting bigger. Above is just half of the pastries for a large party, restaurants and such at work.

I am still waiting for my coworker to email me photos of my plated desserts, hopefully she will get around to it soon. To avoid this problem I have taken a camera to work and stashed it in my work drawer.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

BBQ Song for the Southern United States

I was searching around and found this awesome BBQ video on Trailer Trash BBq.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

First Professional Dessert Plate UP

Well several days ago I was told to plan a dessert for our high end restaurant, there was going to be a party of 16. So did the research and some thinking and this is what I came up to come soon I hope.

A Pistachio Buttermilk Tart with Red Plumes simmered in Chardonnay with a Pistachio Nougatine garnish.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sorry Mom the secret is out!


Some great cookies.

Edible Flowers and other Whimzies

Marzipan Flowers

So what does one do with Marzipan flowers? Eat them? Freeze them? Not sure.
I am trying to get a Buttermilk Tart recipe to function at work but all our pre made tart shells keep bursting or are too soft after baking. I am going to have to use some sugar dough and make my own shells. Going to have the Buttermilk tart with a sugar dough shell, nougatine garnish with White wine simmered peaches. Probably going to use the left over juice from peaches as a sauce. Hopefully it will turn out great. Have to remember to take my camera to work.

Marzipan Frog

I have really learned alot at my current job and hope that my work/education does not stall out. I need to keep myself flexible and open to all culinary bits. I still have ALOT to learn.