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Friday, 9 November 2012
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Saturday, 2 June 2012
Hello Friends in Blogger-Land & Beyond. Yes, I took a long break. =)
That's ok because this is a hobby after all. I've been trying to work out what I really want to do at this stage of life. Whether I wanted to launch into this cooking/baking full-time and devote all my energies into this. This choice would be quite life-consuming, having to churn out creations week in and out. Or maybe keep the status - quo, remaining low-key & taking on projects once in a while. So that I would have energy remaining to be a musician, teacher, mum & wife. I think, I like the staus-quo.
My family certainly appreciates me being low-key. =) I'm more calm and less frantic with deadlines, because life is more manageable. And I have the liberty, curiosity & energy to look around, explore, experiment with different cooking techniques. Dabbling in whatever takes my fancies, instead of having to produce a certain amount of standard goods week in & out.
So, I shall choose liberty,curiosity & energies to explore & experiment with cooking techniques. =) If you didn't already know...I am a self-taught cook. I experiment a lot & rarely follow recipes if ever. =S I do read up a lot on cooking techniques and methodology. Trying to understand the 'why' something works rather than following a prescribed formula. Hence, I usually have quite a few variations on a theme for each dish/cake/tart/breads reproduced. I aim for a certain taste/look and then work towards that goal. But, quite often it's a, let's throw this in and see what happens. =)
Having said all this, I am currently in a 'Sourdough Bread' phase.
Experimenting with a few different starters, old doughs, whole meals, cake flour, bread flour, oat brans, spelt, dried fruits etc. Here's a few photos of my experimentation.
Jeb & Nicole's Wedding Cake:
Handmade Roses in Burnt Orange & Pistachio colours. =)
The cake was a layered chocolate mud with chocolate ganache, which fed 75 guests.
Chocolate Strawberries Tower
for Alicia & Angus
Bride & Groom Butter Cookies
Decorated with hm fondant & royal icing