Tuesday, February 15, 2011

valentine's = chocolate...what else?!

bah! sorry to be m.i.a. been busy busy. 3 midterms... (all A's, amazingly!)
 non-engineering is so easy. refreshing. great. glad to have gotten outttt!
1/3 of the work and 5x better grades :D

lately, been making lots of homemade pizzas.. i've finally tamed my oven. i've grown used to a pizza dough recipe that i actually LIKE! (amazing.. i have hated homemade dough for most of my life). it's easy, chewy, crispy, and wonderfully time efficient. i make a bunch of that at once, and save some in the fridge or freezer. roll it out thin, top with sauces/cheeses and into the inferno it goes for ~20 for a quick meal anytime.

other than my adventures playing pizzeria, i have been making chocolates for valentine's day. ahhhhh! 
almost 24 hours straight of playing chocolatier this weekend.
watched all my dvr'd cake boss to stay motivated. filled many orders.
this is the first time i've made chocolate on this scale..
my last experience that comes close was with the kobe cake from.. wow 9 months ago now. 
anyhow, here are pics of all the but the last order, i forgot a pic of that one..

first, made samples to show what could be done

all orders 100% custom, 100% handmade. 
i had a lot of fun, despite how tiring it was. i definitely learned a LOT. chocolate can be a b*tch to work with, it is so tempermental. taming of the shrew! i'm glad i took on this challenge :D
certainly will only do better chocolate work from now on.
hey to all my friends who put faith in me and gave me their support! you guys rock! <3

s took me to p.f. chang's for valentine's dinner, so i made dessert! considering his interest in street art as of late, i thought incorporating a banksy piece would be quite fitting (one with flowers, in good spirit!)

chocolate cake filled with cocoa hand-whipped cream and diced fresh strawberries
frosted with dark chocolate salted hazelnut buttercream
covered with dark chocolate ganache, w/ alternating dipped strawberries
topped with a solid chocolate piece depicting banky's "flower thrower"

visual. fragrant. insaaaaanely rich. YUM.