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#1 Verbena-NZ

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Posted 18 October 2003 - 03:16 PM

I'm looking for ideas for a chocolate desert!

I'd like something that is quick but still tasty and MUST be more'ish


seen anything on line??

#2 ChzHead

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Posted 18 October 2003 - 04:05 PM

I'm not sure what you're looking for.....but I would try a search on this site using chocolate and also looking in this forum.

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#3 Suzi Edwards

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Posted 18 October 2003 - 04:23 PM

i posted my recipe for chocolate amaretto truffel cake in a thread entitled something like "suggestions for barbeque deserts" it takes about 10 minutes to make and got me a proposal of marriage (which i sadly declined)

strongly recommended :-)
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#4 Verbena-NZ

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Posted 19 October 2003 - 05:20 AM

I'm not sure what you're looking for.....but I would try a search on this site using chocolate and also looking in this forum.

GOOD LUCK!

What am I looking for........well :biggrin:

Must be able to be plated for dinner party
Not take all day{or several days}
Be fairly modern ie current flavours
Able to stand...not need to be served at and overly exact time after making it.

#5 Wendy DeBord

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 07:24 AM

Verbena, you have to realize no one is interested in doing your work for you. BUT, if you were to talk about what you've come up with (thru looking at books and other sources) I believe many people would be happy to give you advice and guidance, at least I would help.

What have you got so far?

#6 Verbena-NZ

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 03:42 PM

Verbena, you have to realize no one is interested in doing your work for you. BUT, if you were to talk about what you've come up with (thru looking at books and other sources) I believe many people would be happy to give you advice and guidance, at least I would help.

What have you got so far?

Well I've been working on the idea of doing a fudge type cake with a liquid center.....now this isn't anything new BUT I'm after a recipe that will allow the center to hold{or not carry on cooking}
Every one that I've tried to date still carries on cooking.
I've even tried putting a seperate center in{ganache} so that it remains liquid.

There you go........anyone got or seen anything that'll do what I'm looking for!! :biggrin:

#7 Wendy DeBord

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 07:10 PM

Do you want help making a molton cake or are you looking for a completely different dessert?

I've made several published recipes for molton cakes some that just didn't work and some that worked just fine. The real trick usually comes down to the baking, pulling it out of the oven at the right time. Just slight fluctuations in temp and time can make a good recipe not work. So unfortunately it takes sometime and practice to master each recipe in each oven you use. Who's recipes have you tried that didn't work for you?

If your centers are cooking too much you need to take them out of the oven sooner. How much sooner is something you can test and make notes on until you find the results you want. As little as 1 minute can make a difference with these small cakes and that could over bake your center. I assume your remembering that items continue baking out of the oven and you can gain that extra minute or two, that could be over baking your centers.

Some tricks/hints.

Sometimes handling these soft cakes is tricky when they are hot. So you can bake them ahead of time unmold them store them for a day and just give them a reheat before serving. Some recipes are very hard to unmold with-out breaking into the center and loosing your "ooze".

You don't have to unmold your cakes imediately....you can freeze them in your molds and release them while they are frozen. That usually pops them out perfectly with-out and loss of filling. Then again re-heat (many people use microwaves to re-heat).

You can add extra "ooze" after the cake is baked and unmolded by piping ganche into the top of them.

I haven't made these yet but people over at www.finecooking.com spent sometime raving about chocolate budini's (which you could look up over there). They should be similar to what your looking for.

#8 Verbena-NZ

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Posted 21 October 2003 - 04:50 AM

I've tried several differant recipes and from various differant books.
A molton cake is preferable to me.BUT most of all.one that can be held or hold it's liquid center{or appear to anyway}

I need to cook it in advance and then "flash" it for no more that 2 minutes before serving it to my guests, BUT still maintain that center.Knowing how hot and how well sugar holds it's heat with fat.......... :sad: ...............I can't seem to figure it out

#9 Verbena-NZ

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 01:22 PM

Surely someone's done something similar to what I'm looking for.I've only got 5 days left to figure it out.

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:00 PM

Not molten, but here's an idea (and darned simple). Chocolate Flan Cake:

In your favorite greased bundt pan goes half a cup of caramelized sugar

Then goes in the custard:
1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
4 eggs

Then goes in the batter of your favorite chocolate cake recipe (I use Gourmet's Mocha Rum Cake although any stupid box cake works too). Bake until the cake is done (follow the cake recipe).

This is weird because when you dump the cake batter in, you are sure it is ruined, thinking you have mixed in the batter with a custard. But when you plate it, the custard has miraculously separated and tops the cake.

Heck, no need to use a chocolate cake (although I like it better). Any cake batter will do this and people are really impressed at the flan on top. Looks elegant, too.

#11 Wendy DeBord

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 08:15 PM

Verbena I don't understand what you want. Is everyone supposed to hand you a recipe on demand? Wake-up, things don't work that way.


I tried to help you based on what YOU asked to learn about. Apparently I wasted my time, after I explained how to make these you ignored my post and came back with ".....I can't seem to figure it out".


There's about a million plus published recipes in every language creating "gooie chocolate desserts". Open a book!

#12 Verbena-NZ

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 03:55 PM

Verbena I don't understand what you want. Is everyone supposed to hand you a recipe on demand? Wake-up, things don't work that way.


I tried to help you based on what YOU asked to learn about. Apparently I wasted my time, after I explained how to make these you ignored my post and came back with ".....I can't seem to figure it out".


There's about a million plus published recipes in every language creating "gooie chocolate desserts". Open a book!

It's a forum, and I asume that means I can post questions.
If your going to start getting rude then please either don't look at my post or don't reply :angry:

I fail to see how your posts help me......I was after a recipe!!
Sure there are heaps of recipes out there.............BUT........only a few are great!, Why should I waste my time and money trialing recipes when like minded people here have already got practical, easy, cost effective recipes??

I have a problem and wanted help resolving it!!!, so where is the harm in my question?

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 04:38 PM

People here are eager to help expand upon ideas you have but reluctant to give you their own great ideas :biggrin: Look at my numerous posts asking for help with school projects, quiz questions, cooking practicals, etc. They all reply with Well, what do you know already? and Have you looked here? Can be frustrating when all you want is a recipe but in the end you'll be glad that part of it came from yourself.

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 04:51 PM

Well, it seems that it all comes down to trust and appreciation. You can't trust the recipes you see in books? Is that the problem? Some books are good, some aren't. How do you know any better who on-line to trust? Some of the people here have written the books you may or may not have looked through. Many of them have posted recipes here on this site--how much effort did you put into searching? You asked the most vague question possible here and people have still jumped in attempting to give you all sorts of help and advice. At first blush you should appreciate that.

Try a search on molten center chocolate cake Lookey here http://forums.egulle... chocolate cake

or liquid center chocolate cake

I am sure that there are several of the most world class recipes posted, including one by Philippe Conticini.

And why are you upset? People are helping you--Carolyn's post was great and so was Wendy's. People helped KateW and she didn't seem to appreciate the fact that many older, wiser, more experienced pastry chefs were willing to take her under their wings, tell her what she needed to hear, in the hope that she could fly on her own wings. Ultimately if you have commited to do something, though, you need to take some responsibility for it and make a selection or do your own homework. It is a myth that there are only a few secret, super recipes and these should be coveted and passed on--it is less about the recipe, and more about understanding the technique.

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 05:10 PM

Verbena I don't understand what you want. Is everyone supposed to hand you a recipe on demand? Wake-up, things don't work that way.


I tried to help you based on what YOU asked to learn about. Apparently I wasted my time, after I explained how to make these you ignored my post and came back with ".....I can't seem to figure it out".


There's about a million plus published recipes in every language creating "gooie chocolate desserts". Open a book!

It's a forum, and I asume that means I can post questions.
If your going to start getting rude then please either don't look at my post or don't reply :angry:

I fail to see how your posts help me......I was after a recipe!!
Sure there are heaps of recipes out there.............BUT........only a few are great!, Why should I waste my time and money trialing recipes when like minded people here have already got practical, easy, cost effective recipes??

I have a problem and wanted help resolving it!!!, so where is the harm in my question?

Wow!
getting a bit heated in here.
As Sinclair said, there are tons of recipes on the net, in books,etc.
Unfortunately, recipes are things that don't necessarily yield great results. For many reasons. It doesn't mean the recipe is awful either.
Molten cakes have proved hard for me too, and I have a few really good recipes for them. I have a thread on here somewhere titled 'molten cakes'.
I live in a high altitude, that may be effecting how they turn out. Do you?
The best results I've had with them have been from borrowing a technique (kind of) Steve Klc talked about in an article about brownies from the washington post.
I baked at a high temp (450). For maybe 4 minutes for a 4 oz. mold, then shocked the molds in an ice bath.
I don't know if I would do that with china or ceramic ramekins (you might break them )
They were more molten then other times I've done them. As Sinclair suggested, maybe load them with ganache ( aball of it) to make it more runny.

.I was after a recipe!!
Sure there are heaps of recipes out there.............BUT........only a few are great!, Why should I waste my time and money trialing recipes when like minded people here have already got practical, easy, cost effective recipes??


I'm sorry, but think about this statement for a moment...
Seems kind of silly, maybe?
Easy to one person is ballbusting to another.
And if you've never tried a recipe before, there is only one way to find out ( trialing a recipe)
Good luck to you.
Hope I was of some help.

Edited by tan319, 24 October 2003 - 05:12 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 05:21 PM

I fail to see how your posts help me......I was after a recipe!!
Sure there are heaps of recipes out there.............BUT........only a few are great!, Why should I waste my time and money trialing recipes when like minded people here have already got practical, easy, cost effective recipes??

I have a problem and wanted help resolving it!!!, so where is the harm in my question?

The harm as you put it is that you're not being the least bit civil with your request for help.

A good molten chocolate cake has very little to do with the recipe, it's success depends almost entirely on the person putting it into and taking it out of the oven.

Throw some eggs, melted butter, sugar, flour, and melted chocolate together, mix them, toss them in buttered/sugared ramekins, and bake them at 425 until just before they stop wiggling when you shake them. If you want them to be fluffy you can whip the egg whites, if you want them to be richer use more egg yolks. Or just use any recipe that looks interesting.

If you over cook them, they turn out dry, if you under cook them, they turn out soupy. Make twice as many as you need the day before (they can sit in the ramekins) and just bake one at a time until they come out how you like them. They take less time to eat than they do to bake so you won't end up with a pile of them on the counter, just eat them as they come out of the oven and adjust what your doing based on how they come out.

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 05:30 PM

i like melkor's idea the best! just eat a bunch of cake :laugh:

after all that trial-ing, you'll be so sick of cake you'll want to make creme brulee instead...anyone got any recipes :raz:

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 05:34 PM

Which brings us back to what Wendy was asking Verbena, which is the relevant point--what have you tried and tested already? which recipes have you tried from which books aren't working out and then we might be able to help point you in a better direction as melkor very ably tried to do. We have no idea which chocolate you're using, what equipment you have, what's your skill level--none of that was made clear. That's what you have to bring to the table Verbena and you did not. When the pros and other knowledgeable users here, already very generous of their time, ask you (or KateW or anyone) a question in a thread you started, it works both ways.

As you can see from the link chefette just gave you, turns out a few excellent recipes for liquid center chocolate cakes, which can be done ahead and held or zapped in the microwave and may be just the thing you're looking for, are already on the site. But more importantly the thought process behind this is here as well, like in tan's last post, and so, too are very giving experienced pros who can help talk you through something if you get stuck. But we get to engage you in the process, and hopefully you'll appreciate what it means to be part of a community, rather than a mere recipe sharing exercise on the web.

This line by KateW, meant to disparage, actually defines what's valuable about this eG pastry forum--she said "People here are eager to help expand upon ideas you have but reluctant to give you their own great ideas"--and to that I say "precisely." You see, pastry and baking is a learning curve, it's evolutionary and it takes time, a long time, to get good. You might as well start taking some responsibility for yourself--which means you have the pride in yourself to bring something to the table, to report on your experiements and ideas--and when constructive criticism is offered you say, "thank you chef I appreciate the time you took to post that, but here's what I don't understand..." How you really help someone learn and grow is try to develop what's within them--and help get them to the next level--and for each person this is going to be on a different timetable, and involve different creativity and skills. KateW shows me she may be starting to get it with her last line, however: "you'll be glad when that part of it comes from yourself." All of us do talk about our own ideas and projects--and explore them with each other online--when we're not working or helping others that is.
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Posted 24 October 2003 - 05:43 PM

The fact is that this is a public place. There are lots of people here. people who love food, love cooking, pastry... Professional pastry chefs, food writers, Food TV people, instructors from schools, all sorts of people. Would you burst into a kitchen at a restaurant and demand that the pastry chef help you? If you were the pastry chef would you respond to that? This is not the psychic friends network where you come on line and ask someone to read your mind and make your life better. This is a public forum where people give of their time and exchange ideas. No one owes you anything. People here are amazingly giving of their time, their great ideas, their techniques, their experience. Benefiting from that is up to you. Completely up to you.

Now to your question again...

Are you a professional or a home cook? Are these cakes for 500 or 5? Are you trying to do something too challenging that might be a risk? Should you do something you have more experience with and are more confident in?

(Did I read on another eG thread that you have your own restaurant and have been a chef for 15 years?)

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 06:28 PM

What makes you assume that my comment was meant to be disparaging? I think it's just the truth. And you yourself agreed with it.
And about me not appreciating the help I got on my posts here--that was totally different. I was getting upset for having my idea questioned when I already *said" I knew it was a bad idea. In the end, I came up with my very own ideas, based on everyone's input, got a 90 on my efforts, and got, last I checked, one congratulations. Sure I appreciate how I was lead to come up with something on my own but I was not looking for the tough love approach. Beggars can't be choosers though, right?
Verbena, this forum is like a tough teacher. You'll go to them with your ideas, you'll get your ideas questioned, you'll come out with a few different ideas that you now must make into your own concoction and then you'll get little to no credit for it. But you have to be happy without anyone else's approval.
If that, too, sounds disparaging, it's not meant to be, it's just my take on it.

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 07:02 PM

Verbena, this forum is like a tough teacher. You'll go to them with your ideas, you'll get your ideas questioned, you'll come out with a few different ideas that you now must make into your own concoction and then you'll get little to no credit for it. But you have to be happy without anyone else's approval.


I don't understand the little to no credit for it line. From who? From the people here? Is this school?
I think people here have been really kind to you, Kate. Hate to be a bummer but, there have been times when I was wondering why you're in cooking school. Because you seem to be sort of passionless about cooking sometimes. It sometimes seems from your post's that cooking is just something to do.

People helped KateW and she didn't seem to appreciate the fact that many older, wiser, more experienced pastry chefs were willing to take her under their wings, tell her what she needed to hear, in the hope that she could fly on her own wings.s


'Word'!!!



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People here are eager to help expand upon ideas you have but reluctant to give you their own great ideas


This is kind of not true. Steve has given many people, including me, some great stuff, including the Conticini recipe for molten cakes. Ditto Michael L., chefette, Brianpastryguy, et al. Right here. Not P.M.'ed.
If people aren't vague about what they're looking for, researching, etc., 'They will come'...
What happens after that is up to you, your skill level, the god's.


In the end, I came up with my very own ideas, based on everyone's input, got a 90 on my efforts, and got, last I checked, one congratulations. Sure I appreciate how I was lead to come up with something on my own but I was not looking for the tough love approach.


Congratulations!!!:biggrin:

Now you have two .

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#22 KateW

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 07:59 PM

Honestly, especially lately, sometimes I wonder why I'm at cooking school too. I like to cook, but I realize I like to cook on my own terms, not with some chef breathing down my neck telling me exactly how to do something...and then 9 days later having some other chef tell me something completely different.
When I mentioned not getting any credit, I meant from you all. I came up with something nobody else had mentioned (making a la minute hot chocolate with truffles and hot cream) and I felt rather proud. Not getting acknowledgement didn't lessen how I felt but I was a bit surprised.
Cooking *is* "just something to do". I don't consider it creation, or art, or anything godly. I have fun doing it, but I don't make it out to be any more amazing or glamorous than it really is. Because in the end, it is neither. Chef after chef says "anybody can cook". It's not brain surgery, as my coworkers at Ruby Tuesday used to say.
There is so much more I want to say about my expectations of culinary school, my reasons for going, and what I want to do when I get out but the baking and pastry forum is not the place.
Oh and hey, thanks for making me think about not wanting to be at school anymore.

#23 Wendy DeBord

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 08:58 PM

First, thank-you, to the people who understood my frustration and why I became so. I'm amazed that some people really don't understand why we come here, why I come here. I don't get paid to be here and most the time I never get a thank-you after I've spent my personal time trying to help someone else. NO I'm not a great pastry chef and perhaps you all don't value my words, BUT I certainly mean to be helpful and giving as I write.

Everyone here always writes so much better then I- I'm sincerely jealous! Best I can do at this moment is say DITTO.

Personal notes...

To kate: I have had the same thoughts Tan posted. You appear totally passionless about culinary. You talk as if your tough and can handle the realities of the kitchen, but yet you can't mentally deal with people teaching you. As if they should teach you on your terms. I suggest you skip culinary school and just go and open your own restaurant.

To Melkor: geez man, where were you when I needed a hand :wacko: You came to the points I tried to make...but my tired brain couldn't verbalize as dirrectly as yours. Thanks

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 09:09 PM

Honestly, especially lately, sometimes I wonder why I'm at cooking school too.  I like to cook, but I realize I like to cook on my own terms, not with some chef breathing down my neck telling me exactly how to do something...and then 9 days later having some other chef tell me something completely different.
When I mentioned not getting any credit, I meant from you all.  I came up with something nobody else had mentioned (making a la minute hot chocolate with truffles and hot cream) and I felt rather proud.  Not getting acknowledgement didn't lessen how I felt but I was a bit surprised.
Cooking *is* "just something to do".  I don't consider it creation, or art, or anything godly.  I have fun doing it, but I don't make it out to be any more amazing or glamorous than it really is.  Because in the end, it is neither.  Chef after chef says "anybody can cook".  It's not brain surgery, as my coworkers at Ruby Tuesday used to say. 
There is so much more I want to say about my expectations of culinary school, my reasons for going, and what I want to do when I get out but the baking and pastry forum is not the place.
Oh and hey, thanks for making me think about not wanting to be at school anymore.

Anybody CAN cook. very true.
But cooking well, with spirit and passion, people can tell the difference.
I know the chef breathing down the neck thing is aggravating, unnerving and sometimes hostile but, I found it helped build my ability to take 'IT'.
It isn't that different to have one person telling you one thing and another person telling you another in cooking. It's the same in every profession, don't you think?
Cooking isn't "brain surgery", that's for sure, but, maybe consider the source? Chef after chef saying "anyone can cook" can be taken in a lot of different way's, depending on the context it's said in. I don't think anyone can alway's cook GREAT. That's something that's either in your blood or is learned, the latter often with a considerable amount of stress and blood, sweat, and tears. It rarely comes easy.
You've spent a lot of time in this forum, Kate. I was one of the 1st people who posted on what was probably your 1st thread, when you were just starting at RT's. I was ( and am ) sincerely interested in what you do and whatever you
want to put out there for us to read.
Anywhere on this site.
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#25 KateW

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Posted 25 October 2003 - 06:06 AM

I started posting here long before I started working at Ruby Tuesday. A year before that, in fact. I came here from a link somewhere else, I forget where, to Malawry's diary on her cooking school adventures. I was just starting culinary school myself and was considering doing a diary also. I ended up doing that diary at Chef Talk Cafe, if you care to read those posts also. This year I do not do the diary, and nobody has asked me where it has been. I post much less frequently at CTC because there is so little traffic there and I can get my questions answered much faster.
See, I am not in culinary school to ultimately open a restaurant. I am actually considering being a personal chef, and I have made posts about that here.
I can deal with people teaching me, it's just some of the approaches I can't handle. I can't handle being beaten down, told I am passionless for just about the only thing I have fun doing in my life, being told I am ungrateful for the help that includes putting down ideas I already know are bad. And then, when I am doubting and regretting everything I've done in the past year at school, you want me to thank you?
I don't come here to beat a dead horse. If an idea is bad, and I say it's bad and I'm not going to do it, I don't need post after post saying "Yeah, why would you want to do crepes suzette? It is SO overdone." I know. I said it before you did.
Before you beat down someone's dreams, or at the very least, something someone is spending a buttload of money on (not mommy or daddy), think about what you *don't* know about the person. You don't know why I am where I am in my life, you don't know what I want to do afterward. You don't know much about my personality except what comes through on screen and we know how that can be misinterpreted.
I'm sick of the tough love approach. I can get that at school, or from my parents. Just be nice to me, please.

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Posted 25 October 2003 - 08:12 AM

Verbena, you have to realize no one is interested in doing your work for you. BUT, if you were to talk about what you've come up with (thru looking at books and other sources) I believe many people would be happy to give you advice and guidance, at least I would help.

What have you got so far?

Well I've been working on the idea of doing a fudge type cake with a liquid center.....now this isn't anything new BUT I'm after a recipe that will allow the center to hold{or not carry on cooking}
Every one that I've tried to date still carries on cooking.
I've even tried putting a seperate center in{ganache} so that it remains liquid.

There you go........anyone got or seen anything that'll do what I'm looking for!! :biggrin:

I think you should make a Tunnel Fudge Cake. :rolleyes:

Edited to include link to the 1966 Pillsbury Bakeoff winning recipe.

Edited by Rachel Perlow, 25 October 2003 - 08:18 AM.


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Posted 25 October 2003 - 08:43 AM

I started posting here long before I started working at Ruby Tuesday. A year before that, in fact. I came here from a link somewhere else, I forget where, to Malawry's diary on her cooking school adventures.  I was just starting culinary school myself and was considering doing a diary also.  I ended up doing that diary at Chef Talk Cafe, if you care to read those posts also.  This year I do not do the diary, and nobody has asked me where it has been.  I post much less frequently at CTC because there is so little traffic there and I can get my questions answered much faster.
See, I am not in culinary school to ultimately open a restaurant.  I am actually considering being a personal chef, and I have made posts about that here.
I can deal with people teaching me, it's just some of the approaches I can't handle.  I can't handle being beaten down, told I am passionless for just about the only thing I have fun doing in my life, being told I am ungrateful for the help that includes putting down ideas I already know are bad.  And then, when I am doubting and regretting everything I've done in the past year at school, you want me to thank you?
I don't come here to beat a dead horse.  If an idea is bad, and I say it's bad and I'm not going to do it, I don't need post after post saying "Yeah, why would you want to do crepes suzette?  It is SO overdone."  I know.  I said it before you did.
Before you beat down someone's dreams, or at the very least, something someone is spending a buttload of money on (not mommy or daddy), think about what you *don't* know about the person.  You don't know why I am where I am in my life, you don't know what I want to do afterward.  You don't know much about my personality except what comes through on screen and we know how that can be misinterpreted.
I'm sick of the tough love approach.  I can get that at school, or from my parents.  Just be nice to me, please.

KateW, allowing for the things which you have explained in your post, i think web forums have to be taken with a few grains of salt (or a big box of kosher!).

i'm very new to the "web forum" environment and am slowly learning what is and isn't acceptible. like you said, so much of what we write and who we are can be misinterpreted. i had a post removed, i assume because someone thought it was offensive but i was never given a reason why. that could have been addressed. as in other aspects of life you'll find some opinions here are more valued than others (people who have poste regularly or are "respected" members of the community). that doesn't mean anything disparaging to you. i feel that some people post on threads without reading through earlier posts (re: crepes suzettes), they just have to put something down in order to feel productive or even agreeable to what other people are saying. they don't necessarily feel as if they have to offer a suggestion, maybe they don't have a suggestion.

i think it is a little much to assume that people can somehow in their minds gather up all the threads that you have posted or contributed to and have them coalesce into a persona. our brains aren't that organized (at least mine isn't, i wonder about some people here on eGullet...they have minds like steel traps! mine's more like a steel colander). so, even if you've been posting a lot...take that into consideration.

VerbenaNZ and KateW:
overall, i do feel that most people here are extremely open, welcoming, considerate and knowledgeable. think about what you're writing and how you pose your questions. i think you'll find that writing clearly, concisely and posing a direct question which shows how much thought you've already put into a project will help garner the responses you're looking for. people will be nice to you, but you have to give them a little bit of a reason for that to happen :smile: . i hope this helps a little. sometimes, we all just need to take a break from eGullet...give it some rest and then come back with an empty head (heehee, i mean a clean slate)!

Edited to include:
"Welcome. If we can be part of your education that's great. We expect you to be part of ours."
this was a quote from "bux" after you posted your bio and i think it says it all...this is a two way street :smile: .

Edited by alanamoana, 25 October 2003 - 08:58 AM.


#28 Ladybug

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Posted 25 October 2003 - 09:22 AM

I came up with something nobody else had mentioned (making a la minute hot chocolate with truffles and hot cream) and I felt rather proud.

Have you tried this? I've made hot chocolate on the stove with chopped chocolate and it takes a few minutes to mix the chocolate in well. I can only imagine, even starting with hot cream, that it would take quite a bit of stirring on the customer's part to mix in a whole chocolate truffle. I'd worry about these hypothetical customers ending up with lukewarm cream and lingering chunks of truffle in their cups. What would they stir with? You'd have to think of that, or think of some way to chop up the truffle after they've seen it because the glamour of the whole thing would be lost if you just handed them a dish full of chopped chocolate. You certainly would have to keep the truffles at room temp - chilled truffles would be harder to melt. What about flavor balance? Would a single truffle both flavor and sweeten a whole cup of cream - a serving size? The different varieties of truffles you offer could have different results in the cup. Think about the hot cream - would you have to cut the cream with milk so it wouldn't be so thick? It may also taste too rich with just cream.

I know your school project for this is long over and I'm not trying to make you feel bad. But when I read your idea (that me, a housewife, had never heard of), I immediately thought of these things. I don't know if you considered these things - but your not mentioning it makes it appear you didn't - and this is probably the sort of thing people are thinking of when they say it appears you have no passion for cooking. No one is trying to slam you and I'm sure we all realize that all we know of you is what you write. None of us are qualified to authoritatively say that you lack what it takes to be a chef because we don't know you - only the cyber-KateW. You can be secure in the fact that only you can really know what you're capable of and where your passion lies. Everyone here just wants to be helpful. I wish you the best of luck and am a bit envious too. I'd love to be in cooking school! :smile:

#29 KateW

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Posted 25 October 2003 - 09:23 AM

I agree that you cannot build a persona out of a few posts on a website. Even if I were to post continuously about my life, you wouldn't know the whole picture. That's why I think everyone should get the benefit of the doubt. We all have character flaws that show through when we post.

Usually I post only when I've wracked my brain for my own answers. This was true for the a la minute dessert thread, and the mother sauce thread. I took what I knew, realized it wasn't the right answer or the best answer, and then came here for help. I didn't want to be told my ideas were boring, or overdone. That's not productive.

If someone is being particularly blunt, or naive, and you don't like their approach, be kind. Maybe they don't know any other way.

#30 KateW

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Posted 25 October 2003 - 09:34 AM

The chef loved my idea, and we didn't have to make it. The would-be clients are kids, who I bet would love to have chocolate floating around in their hot chocolate. :biggrin:
I had 3 mini truffles in one cup, and my hot liquid was a cream/milk liquid, so you are wrong in thinking I didn't think of these things. Also, I had a choice of three truffle flavors in any combination of three--white, dark, and milk chocolate. The dessert also came with an extra pot of hot cream/milk to add if needed--I realize this is not cost effective but it helps the problem of melting those pesky truffles. :blink:
A lot of us are lucky for being able to choose a career in something we are passionate about. But some of us are not passionate in nature and are just looking for something they remotely enjoy that they can do for a living. And we are lucky for that too, because so many people are stuck in jobs they hate.





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