It’s hard to get away when you’re running your own business, especially if it’s food related. Somewhere between production, planning, stock management, juggling orders, dealing with suppliers and the constant feeling that there’s always more to do, it’s hard enough to find time to sleep, never mind jet off on holiday and leave it all behind.
Sometimes, though, it’s great to just stop and take stock of where you are at. Even better is if you can add a little “research” to the mix, combining work and pleasure so you feel a little less bad about leaving your business baby on the back burner for a few days.
Chocolate is one of the greatest and most versatile ingredients in a pastry kitchen, and certainly one of the most popular. It’s one we also use an awful lot of, so when we received an invitation to watch the UK heats of the 2015 World Chocolate Masters competition, we were quick to book a train down to London and head off for a couple of days of chocolate extravagance.
This weekend saw our first double outing at Altrincham Market, and we were lucky enough to enjoy the space of a double stall on Saturday, which came in very handy considering that we had brought the kitchen sink!
Double duty this past weekend – Saturday at West Kirby Farmers’ Market, and Sunday at the first Wilmslow & Alderley Edge Food and Drink Festival.
We also introduced our new “Valencia” patisserie, available for the first time at West Kirby Farmers’ Market – Dark chocolate mousse, orange jam, toasted almond creme brûlée on a Breton shortbread. From the comments on the day and afterwards, they were certainly a hit and will have to return again very soon!
Another fun weekend at Altrincham Market, and our first Saturday trading at the market.
We arrived armed with new flavours of mallows and three very different tarts (see below) – Chocolate & Salted caramel, Raspberry & Pistachio Breton, and Lemon meringue. I think the lemon meringue was our most popular.
It was lovely to be back at West Kirby Farmers’ Market this weekend with all of our new flavours of confections and patisserie.
The mallows proved to be a hit, with Praline & Chocolate being the most popular – we’ll have to bring even more with us next time!
You can see us making the Mocha flavour in the photograph to the right, with the dark chocolate being swirled through the rich coffee mallow. Continue reading West Kirby Weekend
We are looking forward to our second outing at Castlefield Artisan Market this coming Sunday (03/08/14). July’s market ran on the same day as the Wimbledon final, so if you were kept in by the tennis and missed us last time around now’s your chance to come and check out our ever changing line up of patisserie and confectionery.
Eclairs are something we have obsessed over since visiting Paris, where the counters of the world’s finest patisseries are lined with row after row of perfectly shaped choux pastries. Making eclairs is actually pretty easy if you don’t mind them looking a bit “homely”, but producing the perfect shape consistently is a different matter all together. Continue reading The Taming of the Choux