Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The beginning and the end.

Last week was a huge week, several things happened. 

It was the end of the entremet class, happy to say I went out with a 100 on this little beauty:

Stencil sponge cake. 
Coconut daquoise. 
Mango fruit mousse.
Frozen fruit pulp.
Raspberry bavarian creme.
Topped with chocolate garnish. 

Layered Entrament Complete

Layered Entrament Middle

Layered Entrament

(this was a beautiful entremet, however the taste was well...less than what i expected. Even after sitting out for twelve hours it was still in perfect form because of the amount of gelatin used.) 

Raspberry Bavarian Creme Topped w/ Chocolate Garnish:

Raspberry Bavarian

Mini Sponge Cake:

Mini layered sponge cake filled with raspberry bavarian creme and mango mousse. 

Mini Layered Sponge Cake

I had my first experience with marshmallow fondant. 
Jennifer and I constructed this cake.
Two Tiers.
Bottom tier = yellow cake with raspberry buttercream. 
Top tier = chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream.
Covered in green marshmallow fondant.

Green Present Cake hor

Green Present Cake

I made another cake on my own:

Hi-Ratio cake with buttercream. 

lets party cake

This week begins plated desserts! 

I am happy, excited, nervous to see what I am come up with. 


Raspberry Vanilla Panna Cota.
Ginger Almond Florentine. 
Chocolate Garnish.
Raspberry Rum Compote Reduction.

Plated Dessert Day One

Plated Dessert Chocolate Garnish

Thursday, March 4, 2010

gator and gateau

I offered to make dinner last night.

Gator Tail:

gator tail wrapped in bacon

I first marinated it all day with a honey, garlic marinade. 
Then, I wrapped the marinated gator tail in bacon placed in tin foil and set in a pan with water. 
Roasted for an hour at 250 degrees and then an additional hour at 400 degrees. 



made of puff pastry. 
baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. 

also made a few with chocolate. :) 

Tempura Vegetables:

tempura broccoli

Vegetables coated with tempura, fried with 3 parts vegetable oil and 1 part coconut oil. 

we also fried cheese. that was interesting. 

Now for the sweets.

Pate a bombe:

strawberry sorbet, coconut mousse, coconut creme brulee, 
and pistachio geniose topped with white chocolate garnish.

pate a bombe

bombe center

see the layers? (creme brulee is hidden in there)


pate a bombe sliced

Chocolate Entremet:

 layers of chocolate sponge, nougatine, caramel mousse, creme brulee, and chocolate mousse 
encased in a chocolate glascage and topped with chocolate garnish. 

chocolate chocolate entrament side

chocolate chocolate entrament

chocolate chocolate entrament inside

This entrement was good, very rich. 
At first bite I tasted the rum the mousse and then as I ate it became and infused flavor in the cake. 
The glascage was bitter sweet adding a depth of chocolate to the mix. 

Today is practical day. We are making a surprise entrement with chocolate garnish. 

I want to take my food photography to the next level and I am ready to put the work into it now, 
no reservations. 

wish me luck. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

organic post

Because this blog is called "Organic Life" and I eat primarily organic & natural food, I thought posting only baking and pastry goods was oxymoronic. Behold, I will now be posting additionally about organic eats, food stuffs, and products. :)

now on the the good stuff.

dinner composed of this:


one of my favorite combinations! 

I went to the store this afternoon:

Naturally Preferred Organic Firm Tofu. 

Calories = 70
(fat cal = 30)

Total fat = 3g
Carb = 2g
Protein = 7g

(havent tasted this brand yet, but looking forward to it!) 
Apparently Naturally Preferred is Krogers el natural line of products. 

So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk.

Dairy Free / Lactose Free
Soy Free
Gluten Free
Rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids
Excellent Source of Vitamin B12 (vegetarian friendly)
Formulated for Maximum Calcium Absorption
Cholesterol Free
No Trans Fats
Certified Vegan

It's great for coffee, cereal, smoothies. However I do not like the taste of this on its own, 
I wish it had more of a vanilla taste though (hence why I bought "vanilla").