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jmacnaughtan

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  1. Thanks I was running short on time, so I had to make do with standard Nestlé white from the local supermarket. I do enjoy Opalys though, and it would certainly be a better fit for the dessert. My problem with it is that it's too dangerous having big bags of white chocolate lying around...
  2. No, not the Hervé This version. This one was white chocolate and double cream, at 100:180, but I suppose at this ratio it's almost a whipped ganache (with dark chocolate I do 150:400). I needed something that I could make quickly and still be able to pipe.
  3. More fun playing around with piping tips, this time with the wide fluted "Chantilly" tip. White chocolate tart Sablé breton, hazelnut and ginger base White chocolate and clementine chantilly Hazelnuts, candied orange and ginger Still a work in progress. I can handle a big sugar hit from white chocolate, but it seems other people can't, so there's a big pinch of Maldon salt in both the base and the chantilly. It probably needs something sharp to balance it out; diners still commented on the sweetness... Pretty, though. Also, I can't I've never done a white chocolate chantilly before. It's so easy, the texture is wonderful, it holds its shape beautifully and it's so damn quick to make.
  4. Lasagna Wars

    I occasionally like to add black pudding to my bolognese. It makes it really rich It's also good to cook the meat as a whole piece in the sauce, then shred it and stir it back in. The texture's different from a standard sauce, but I like it.
  5. I can imagine that working. But surely, that's a dangerous thing to bring into the office...
  6. Why is it called a love cake? Even with me at the table, that's a lot of cake for two people...
  7. I've realised that, while I've got a decent set, I only ever really use my trusty 10mm plain piping tip. So yesterday I broke out the St Honoré. Chocolate tart Sablé breton, cedar pine nut, orange and chocolate base. Chocolate chantilly Candied orange Toasted cedar pine nuts
  8. Le Chocdoc Goûte Paris

    It's in the Japanese district, not far from the Opéra Garnier: a place called Naritake ramen, on the rue des Petits Champs. There are a few nearby, but this does the proper heavy Hokkaido style ramen with (allegedly) hand-pulled noodles. It's like a hug in a bowl.
  9. Le Chocdoc Goûte Paris

    Ah, I see. Have you checked around the Chinese quarter in (I think) the 13th? It's near metro Maison Blanche, where the big avenues form a triangle. There's also a few big Chinese supermarkets there, which are always fun to visit
  10. Le Chocdoc Goûte Paris

    There's a lot of very good (and mediocre, bad and worse) Asian cuisine in Paris - not so much elsewhere in France. One ramen place I go to frequently does it better than anywhere I visited in Japan If you have the time and the budget, there is a 1* Chinese place in the Shangri-La. Really excellent cooking.
  11. Le Chocdoc Goûte Paris

    We've all been stockpiling. Around the abdomen, mostly.
  12. Le Chocdoc Goûte Paris

    Let me know what you think. He's generally my go-to guy for chocolate. I can add a few pictures from the Salon du Chocolat from my visit on Monday that I thought were cool. So, if you don't mind... Animals: Flowers: And of course: Life-size! Threadjacking over.
  13. Le Chocdoc Goûte Paris

    It was a good presentation! And you got to experience first-hand the wonders of Parisian organisation. They even left you a decorative microphone on the stand It is pretty cool. I asked him how long that pig takes to do, and he said "hmmm... maybe fifteen seconds". Want. It doesn't look like you've hit Patrick Roger yet. I know he's everywhere, but his sculptures are cool and his chocolates are very good. Also, head upstairs and eat some of Jean-Charles Rochoux's rum raisin chocolates. You seem to have almost everything else covered
  14. Lyon for 2 months ?

    Hi, Pretty much anywhere in the city centre (1st and 2nd arrondissement) will be a short walk from a very good baker. In fact, pretty much anywhere in the city at all. I'd recommend staying near the Hôtel de Ville. There is an excellent market on the Quai Saint Antoine almost every day.
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