September and Spring already! It’s such a lovely feeling to see the back of winter.
In my kitchen I have a very special balsamic vinegar given to me by Tania. In Tania’s blog posts she often mentions different types of balsamic vinegars and I have often felt like a Philistine by comparison in that my humble balsamic is often a brew from the very ordinary supermarket. I would comment on Tania’s posts that I desired a more up-market vinegar and when we recently caught up for lunch, she blessed me with this very special drop. I can’t wait to use it.
In my kitchen I have been blessed with some of Celia’s tempered chocolates. She made me a golden ticket that has almonds in it. I have had to guard this bar with my life as it has been a sense of intrigue and ever-hopeful glances that it might be bestowed upon the one who gazed upon it. No such luck – I put this aside for our Father’s Day dinner.
Celia also made me some Drambuie soaked figs covered in dark chocolate. These will put hairs on your chest! We enjoyed these after today’s 12km hike. (More on that later).
In my kitchen I have some Momofuku cookies. These are compost cookies and were made for me by Lorraine late one night before we met for lunch. These cookies have a wonderful crunch and I would have sworn the crunch came from something like cornflakes but can you believe, it was from corn chips. I would never have guessed. And don’t you just love Lorraine’s presentation with the gorgeous ribbon!
In my kitchen is Alfie. Book week was last Thursday and as you know, we had an unfortunate dress rehearsal. After that false alarm we managed to turn up on the right day and Alfie went as Bear Grylls from his book, Mud, Sweat and Tears. Note the ‘mud’ on the face that came from Arabella’s make-up box.
In my kitchen I have (had) a cake. I made three 20cm coconut cakes that I leveled into a height of 20cms to give me a cube. I secured the cake with skewers then covered the cake in a white chocolate butter cream. I rolled out black icing (making sure not to use too much icing sugar as it ruins the black colour) and used the cake tin to measure out a 20cm square. I placed this on top of the cake then piped icing around the edges.
The cake was for a 50th birthday party with an 80’s theme. The client wanted a Pac-man so I made little Pac-man figures to put on top of the black icing that I secured with edible glue. I made little eyes for the Pac-man figures then made an extra quantity of white chocolate butter cream to serve with the cake. I’m sorry the photo of the cake is so appalling. I wanted to take photos using my proper camera but the client came to collect it earlier than expected and there was no time for a photo shoot.
And that’s what’s been happening at Hotly Spiced headquarters. If you’d like to do an ‘In My Kitchen’ post, be sure to link up with Celia.
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