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 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 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.
Posted at 3:57 am
Winter always seems so long and cold, but it’s not as bad when you have some one to cozy up to. With the passing of Christmas and valentines, high holidays at the chocolate shop are coming to an end, and I finally have time to share some of the things I’ve been up to. In my spare time when I’m not pouring my heart into making chocolates for the desperate men last minute shopping for their loved ones on valentines day, I’m scouring every value village in town for awesome kitchen finds. Its amazing how far 10$ can get you at the village. Below are some photos of the organic dipped strawberries I did at valentines and some beautiful hand roasted espresso bean Choco bark. Enjoy!
Posted at 2:25 pm
It seems like we never have time to pack lunches or snacks at work. Everyone is always rushing around too busy to enjoy breakfast or experiment with cooking. I took it upon myself as the resident chef to bake up some treats that would last the week. Below I have a cinnamon brioche, a variety of pretzels, and vanilla strawberry cake. I thought that maybe staff would pick at it, but these treats were gone before I could even explain what they were.
Posted at 7:51 pm
Once in a while its good to brush up on the chocolate techniques that made you passionate about it to begin with. Below are some examples of white chocolate lotus’s that I was working on today. Simple and elegant always wins.
Posted at 8:40 pm
It’s that time of year, people are baking cookies and brewing eggnog, but if your going the more traditional French route you’re gearing up to roll the génoise for your buche. Typically filled with a ganache or a butter cream, these tasty rolls are sure to impress at a festive family gathering. This year I made a hazelnut flavoured buche for the folks at work and a chai tea ganache filled log with a vanilla French buttercream for my family gathering. Happy holidays!