Posted at 5:14 am
There’s nothing like the comfort of your own bed, my mums salsa, and welcoming hugs.
My return to cowtown was full of familiar faces, and somehow that’s just what I needed. I needed to be jumped on by adoring little boys, and hot tub with forever friends. Home is after all, where the heart is.
In honour of my homecoming I made a banana chocolate mousse cake, with a praline crispy centre. I also got to try out my new chocolate paint gun. Which is great, because it gives a nice velvety texture.
Posted at 12:50 am
I find myself often thinking about my goals, where I want to be, what I want, my needs. It’s always an afterthought when I think about helping someone else. I used to volunteer quite a bit, and when I was studying at Cordon Bleu I would donate my cakes to a local shelter. However I never thought that being a pastry chef could put me in a position where I’m able to make a difference. I would like to shed some light on a terrific organization, led by Bourke street bakery.
They started a separate bakery, who like Bourke street delivers bread all over Sydney. The Bread and Butter project provides employment for refugees and communities in need. It gives them the skills needed to become an artisanal bread baker, oh and did I mention that 100% of the profits from bread sold go directly back in to helping train more and more people.
I’m so impressed with what this company has accomplished. Reminding me that knowledge is to be passed down, and not hoarded. That the best way to show gratitude for what you have is to give back.
If you wish to learn more about the bread and butter project follow this link. http://thebreadandbutterproject.com
Posted at 4:21 pm
This morning was hot, rainy and completely perfect. Spring days will soon be full of colour and life, and I can hardly wait. In honour of the season I baked some vanilla bean citrus doughnuts. The recipe was a simple yeasted dough enriched with a bit of extra fat to make it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I grated in some lemon zest and scraped in the vanilla seeds for extra flavour. They’re not your typical Tim’s or Krispy Cream, these dough boys are full of tradition, similar to a French beignet.
Posted at 3:11 pm
Wedding season is fast approaching, bring out the tulle, unleash the organza, and don’t forget that something blue. A while ago I did a Tiffany themed bridal shower that would have made Audrey herself proud. There was blueberry basil compote with panna cotta, crème brûlée, and vanilla bean macarons.
Theme parties are great, because instead of playing the guessing game of “oh I hope the bride likes spicy mango” you get a clear vision of what she wants.
Posted at 12:46 am
Bread, soft, crunchy and very versatile. Everybody body loaves it (hehe), and it’s easy to make. This week I made a pain viennoise, which means simple white bread. The only thing that’s not so great about bread it the fact that it only lasts about 24 hours. So below are some options for day old bread. I made a vanilla spiced French toast, and some pesto Parmesan croutons.
Posted at 5:30 pm
I would like to share some photos from the video we shot about moustache pies yesterday. ( the video will be posted shorty) In the meantime enjoy our silly pies filled with blueberry basil compote and strawberry honey-balsamic. These pies are great, easy, and perfect party snacks. Some other flavour pairings that I would try out are spiced pecan, elderflower peach and maybe orange blossom berry.
Posted at 3:27 am
In the past six months I’ve really discovered quite a bit about pastry and tried to focus on my personal style, and what I’d like to try and achieve every time I go into the kitchen. It’s really helpful to know that when I’m finished a project, I should be looking at something relatively modern and extremely feminine. That’s my style. I wish that I could be content with making something extremely structured and minimalistic, but I can’t bring myself to ignore colour and curves. To me this is beautiful pastry, so below you’ll find this weeks bakes. A lemon tart, filled with crème d’amandes, and topped with a macaron crunch. As well as dark hazelnut bonbons.
Posted at 1:30 am
Now that I have a little more free time from work, I can begin to enjoy life’s little pleasures like tea cups, rainy days, and bonbons. After all this year has been, its nice to stop, look around the kitchen and think hmmmm I feel like making something delectable today. Which is exactly what happened. On this rainy day the kitchen counter consisted of a loaf of bread, a bunch of bananas and some bourbon. Since I didn’t feel adventurous enough to make a bread truffle, I settled for a banana bourbon bonbon. Paired with organic 72% dark, this chocolate is a unique treat. Enjoy!
Posted at 10:20 am
The snow is melting, which means that summer is just around the corner! This gets me thinking about some of the adventures I had last year, like the time I spent at momofuku milk bar in NY. In honour of the lucky peach I baked up some sundried tomato cream cheese stuffed rosemary bagel bombs. Enjoy!
Posted at 2:11 am
“Always start out with a larger pot than you think you’re going to need”
So maybe I bite off more than I can chew at times, and maybe I have too many ideas swirling around in my head. I’m never going to be happy with myself unless I try to accomplish some of my goals. This weekend I was a proud participant in this years annual Carefor chocolate competition fundraiser. I prepared a bee inspired dessert for 400 people as well as 5 judges. It was beyond stressful, time consuming, and expensive; and although I didn’t win, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world. It felt good to be the youngest competitor there preparing something that had to be assembled à la minute. It was also great because although It may not have been the winning dessert, some of the judges thought that it should have been ( not good for my ego). I didn’t have the time to connect with the audience about the meaning behind my dessert, so here’s a little run through of what I created. A lavender infused crème légère with a liquid flour d’oranger honey centre; perched atop a dark chocolate brownie base, which was then enrobed in milk chocolate mousse and finished with a lavender dark chocolate macaron. The dessert was centred around the journey of a bee from a flower, to the making of honey. I wanted to emphasize the importance of bees in sustaining life on the earth.