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  1. Breakfast! 2018

    Toro (tuna belly), hotate (raw scallop), uni (sea urchin), sake (salmon) and ika (raw squid).
  2. Breakfast! 2018

    A beautiful thing; smoked kingfish, with orange and lime zest, cornflower petals and Sichuan pepper.
  3. @jmacnaughtan - might even spread the rolled brioche dough with this as well
  4. Having eaten my body weight of Maison Pralus Praluline in my time..believe me, that’s the plan.
  5. I’ve never experienced cold like that, I would probably die of shock..the coldest weather I’ve ever been in is 0 Celsius or 32 F! I was freezing cold in Calgary and Golden in June! No, I’ll just stick to lying on the couch in my underwear drinking gin and tonics in the A/C, thanks.
  6. Pralines roses, the pink pralines of Lyon; almonds and hazelnuts slowly caramelised and crystallized in sugar and orange blossom water. I’m going to crush them slightly and fold into buttery brioche dough to make Brioche Aux Pralines Roses. Not tomorrow though, it’s going to be 100F here..
  7. As a born and bred Hong Konger, if I’m cookie stamping a thing - I’m using my Chinese moon cake molds. I also added a fair kick of five spice to the glaze mix and a lick of the sweet syrup from a jar of Chinese stem ginger; these are soft gingerbread tiles with rum butter glaze; Europe via HK. (From ‘Sweet’, by Ottolenghi and Goh.
  8. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Gruyere, spinach and bread egg bake; maple syrup and black pepper bacon; salmon cured in beetroot, vodka, orange zest and dill; blintzes and wasabi sour cream; mango and pineapple with yuzu syrup, lime, mint and red chilli; and apricot, pistachio, honey and cardamom tart with homemade vanilla yoghurt.
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Of the hundreds, thousands of Cantonese meals and millions and millions of dim sum dishes I’ve made in my time, the one thing I’ve never made is my own har gau/gow gee/prawn dumpling/蝦餃. The reason for that is that the wrapper dough is a giant pain in the arse; wheat starch AND tapioca starch AND potato starch and a bit of lard then boiling water at the exact right temperature to melt your hands off, but you have to knead it hot and then roll each wrapper individually and pleat them till you can barely feel your fingers. I think I’ve made every dim sum dish in existence, but never these. Did it today. Prawn, pork fat, bamboo shoot, Shaohsing wine, seasonings and the remnants of my scorched fingertips. Very good.
  10. I made a blackberry and lemon vertical stripe cake with crystallised blackberries on top, adapted from the Ottolenghi and Goh ‘Sweet’ book; as you can tell from the video’s audio, my staff REALLY like a baked good..
  11. My office had its Christmas Party today, and part of its organisational tradition is a Christmas decoration competition. I participated by constructing an entirely edible fireplace outside my office; everything edible, gingerbread fireplace bricks (detailed into further bricks with a flathead screwdriver of course), edible pulled sugar (isomalt) flames in the fireplace, edible photo frame, edible cookie ornaments, edible snow flakes, edible chocolate baubles and glitter. Was a hit. Am tired.
  12. @Tri2Cook - Well, to my eye it’s because you have something as resolute and brutalist in form as a solid, tall cylinder of cold-looking concrete-like cake, you want to contrast it with something more organic and whimsical in form and colour. Otherwise you have a plain pylon of cake that calls for SOME decoration; flowers would look wrong, ribbons or sprinkles similarly incongruous, spiky chocolate shards too similarly cold. I think the height and drama and organic curves of a sail are just about the perfect decoration to contrast and set off the concrete-yness of the cake beneath it. Although, I was going to paint the whole sail in metallic copper lustre dust instead of marbling it, but changed my mind at the last minute.
  13. Ornament cookies. For hanging as Christmas decorations in my office's Christmas decoration competition. And the other thing I made yesterday was a birthday cake for someone; it’s a four layer chocolate mud cake with raspberry meringue filling and freeze dried raspberries, but it was really just an excuse to replicate the concrete look I learned at a cake course I recently did. And a handpainted white chocolate sail for decoration.
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