The calm before the storm. Anna setting up the coffee service, Chocolot and RobertM having a little chinwag.
Breakfast - muffins and scones made for us by Chef Storm.
Croissants made by Chef Ellis - who was supposed to join us but unfortunately found himself having to work at a friends bakery for the day.
Liron and Tikidoc perusing the transfers given to us by Chocotransfer Sheets. They also kindly donated a chablon kit that merlicky was lucky enough to win in our draw.
Lunch was lovely buns baked by Keith Ellis (there was also bread but we didn't figure this out until day 2), salads and cheese and cold cuts. The cold cuts come from Denninger's which is a store selling eastern european food products - their german salami and sliced roast beef are two of my favourite sandwich fillings.
After lunch I made some coloured cocoa butters. I had planned to demo this anyway but it became more necessary by the little incident that happened. I had placed all (and I mean all) of the coloured cocoa butters that we have collected from kindly donations from Chef Rubber over the past several workshops on a heating pan with an dimmer switch attached - a hotel pan placed over the top to keep the heat in. When we arrived Saturday morning we were alerted to a problem by the appearance of a puddle of dusty rose cocoa butter on the ground. The bottom of about half the bottles had melted and the rest were hanging on by a straw.
One little problem - the cocoa butter that I had melted overnight on another little warmer was about 95º C in the morning and even when it had cooled down to room temperature it remained liquid. The colours sprayed though an airbrush it were fine, but painted not quite so good.
Ava and her treats.
Alleguede showing Cacaoflower how to back off a mold.