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Chocolate Festival Demo….. What a great time!

27 Jan

As I wrote yesterday…. Today was the last day of the 7th Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden.

I was doing a demo at noon and as it’s a really great place for kids, we all went there as it was only an 1/2 hour demo!

Those last few days, I have to say that I am back to my bad habits of mixing all the hours, days, appointments…. I don’t know if it’s because of the full moon or because I have to much to think about but it started from the beginning of the day, arriving 1/2 hour late at my yoga class (my good resolution for 2013…. 1 yoga class a day for 1 month!)…. as I thought it was at 9.00am.

Being 1/2 hour ahead on my schedule, I prepped everything and took the time to check my mails before going to the festival….. and ended up being almost late for my demo.

I did not know the parking of the Garden was so huge for the festival….. and as we arrived at the rush hour, we had to park really far from the demonstration tent….. it took us forever to reach the place as we also met people we knew on our way….

I had something like 5 minutes to get organized and brief my army of assistants which I am not use to have, get that microphone on my head and get used to talk with it (wao, I can be noisy….) then realize that there is quite a lot of people in front of me! Actually, it reminded me of the day of my wedding as I got married in open air under a similar tent!

Being late was the first positive point as I did not really had time to get scared but the second positive point was my twins who happened to be very participative especially my daughter who loves to spend hours with me when I am cooking and always ask for tasting…. As she saw the great stage, the audience, the cooking tools and the chocolate on the table….. she rushed to me, took place next to me and did not move from that moment except for chocolate…..

I have to say that it really created a great atmosphere, people were just having lots of fun as I was chopping chocolate then sharing small pieces with the twins before melting it…. it really looked like I was cooking from home for my family and as I was focused on the demo and my daughter, I forgot about the crazy amount of people looking at me and laughing when my daughter was acting like a monkey to put a finger in the chocolate sauce….

Anyway, 1/2 hour is so short that time really flies away and you not even started that it’s already finished.

Once the demo was over, I quickly explained how to present the mini fondants for canapes or plated desert and had some of the participants to come to the stage and practice the piping of the white chocolate mousse.

It was really great to get so many people, especially teenagers, coming on the stage and take the time to learn how to handle a piping bag.

We finished the demo with a raffle….. of course I asked my daughter to pick a ticket (only one…..!) and she made someone happy with a great Whole Foods voucher! It was really a nice way to conclude the demo.

Also, great was the energy of the students assisting all the chefs coming, washing utensils, plating for 100 people, getting you anything you need and even playing with the kids when they did not have to. Unfortunately, they did not have any cakes as all the samples disappeared in  a flash and I am really ashamed of that as they are really working hard….

Last but not least, the team organizing Fairchild events is really great. Always available, smiling and friendly, they even offered all the chefs a nice frame to thank us for our support. What a delicate intention!

The whole thing really makes you want to participate more often to such events. Let’s hope there will be many more editions!

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Guess who’s the Chef?

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Disappointed…. it was not icing sugar but plain flour….

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Piping, Plating but not thinking there’s a lot of people watching….

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Cute little frame…. thank you Fairchild team.

Chocolate Festival Demo at Fairchild Tropical Garden

26 Jan

Tomorrow, I am doing a demonstration at the 7th Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden.

Thanks to Whole Foods, all the chefs are being provided with top quality products for the samples and demos. As we had to pick-up our groceries bags at Fairchild, I took the opportunity to have a quick look around and see what it looked like when it was empty….

It’s so quiet….. and peaceful….. I guess tomorrow will be crowded and noisy and it’s for the best!

Time to go back home and prepare my samples for 100 people!

On the menu for Sunday demo:

Mini Chocolate Fondants

(you already know them, it was one of my first posts)

White Chocolate Mousse

If you can’t get there…. here are the recipes! Enjoy….

Chocolate Festival

Mini Dark Chocolate Fondants Recipe

 

Ingredients (makes about 16 minis)

  • 120g good quality dark chocolate
  • 120g butter (salted butter gives a nice flavour!)
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp flour or almond powder
  • Optional flavour: orange blossom water, coffee essence, rum…

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • In a bain-marie, melt the butter and the chocolate together.
  • Let it cool down, then add the sugar and mix well.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time.
  • Then add the flour or almond powder and any extra flavor you want to add.
  • Fill the moulds 2/3 to the top. Using a measuring jug will make it easier to pour.
  • Bake for about 15min. The cakes will crackle on the outside but stay very soft inside.
  • Let the minis cool down in their moulds. Then get them out of their moulds by pressing on the bottom of the moulds.
  • You can keep those cakes in your fridge for a few days and take them out of the fridge about one hour before serving.

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White Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Ingredients (for 6 people) using a siphon:

  • 170 g – 6oz of white chocolate
  • 20 cl double cream

Method with a siphon:

  • Grate or finely chop the white chocolate and place it in a large bowl.
  • Bring the cream to a boil and pour it on top of the white chocolate.
  • Cover and leave it to rest a few minutes then gently mix it until you end-up with a smooth mix.
  • Let it cool down at least 20 minutes and pour it into a 1/2l siphon.
  • Install the gas cartridge and give a good shake to the siphon once it is ready to use. Keep it in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, head down; create chocolate mousse verrine or shapes on a plate.
  • Serve and taste straight away.

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Ingredients (for 6 people) : if you do not have a siphon

  • 170 g – 6oz of white chocolate
  • 10 cl whipping cream + 15 cl whipping cream

Method 

  • In a pan, melt the white chocolate with 10cl of whipping cream.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Whisk 15cl of whipping cream into a firm Chantilly and incorporate it carefully to the melted white chocolate.
  • Let the mousse rest a few hours before serving.
  • You can either pour it into a piping bag with a fluted nozzle and let it rest in it to create nice shapes straight from the piping bag or you can use two spoons and create nice “quenelles” that you will delicately lay down next to the fondants.

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