Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Cygneture is on a little break from chocolate making. Nikki is interstate and it is just me again. "Nikki come back! Come BACK!!!!" I wonder if she can hear me?
We expect to be back in production next week and hope to be back at the markets on the 8th.
I wonder what 2011 will bring...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Well, what a great way to start the Ashes, Kerry's on the radio, Hilfenhaus gets the first wicket and Doherty gets the last two.
Catch up from the last few weeks:
Most importantly, you might remember Stephen-of-the-lemon-creams, who will now be known as Andrew (since that's his name), gave his verdict on the lemon creams, and the long and short of it was, they need work. He is getting back to me with a sample of what he is after and I will dutifully oblige, especially if they're good.
Excitement on the home front, 6.5, who is now 6.75, finally lost his first tooth this week. It was becoming a bit of a problem for him as he was the only 6-year-old in class who hadn't lost a tooth. Well no more! He's back in the cool gang (kinda nice when entry is based on how many teeth you don't have)
Next week we are off to The Pretenders & Blondie, we are making a weekend of it and heading to Perth for Utsi Cafe, back to Seven Sheds for pink beer and collecting a couple of Sydney-siders along the way. A car full of fun.
Upcoming chocolates: Lymington Nunnery Chai Truffles, Christmas glitter will be featuring traditional colours of red, gold and green, red, gold and greeeeen, every day is like survival-survival, you're my lover not my rival....
Goodness, where did that come from?
Might be time to sign off now. Franklin Market in the morning.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Nikki has returned at last and to celebrate her first day helping in the kitchen I planned to take some photos of her. Get to the kitchen, I was sure I put the camera in the car, but perhaps I didn't. So the day went into honeycomb, mint discs and going vegan with fruit & nut cluster, dark chocolate discs, animals and jungle pops. Forgot to bring storage boxes so a quick trip home was required. Happy-happy. Sunny drive. Through my front gate. Oh-no. No. Surely that's not my camera... Yup, right in the middle of the driveway with a whopping muddy tyre mark squashed into the middle of it.
Wednesday improves. Another sunny day and a date with friends. Drop 6.5 to school, pop into post office. Yippee, parcel to pick up. Yahoo, Amazon delivers. I loooove Amazon, it comes right to your doorstep, or it would if I had postal service to my door.
Set off to visit friends, lovely morning, arrive home to find that the pixies have been to my door and left me bottles of wine. Oh can the day get any better than this?? Kiddies tired, both in bed asleep by 7:30. Mmmm.... time to enjoy a glass.
So, we have this lovely occasional-table that we set beside the couch for nights like this and it works a treat when you remember to put it there. It doesn't work quite as well when you think it's there, but really it's folded neatly against the wall. Plonk (I wonder if that is how the phrase was coined in relation to wine?) There was no occasional-table, just my carpet. Plonk.
So now we have lemon creams (keeping with the vegan theme too). I was asked to make fruit creams, 'the old fashioned ones you used to be able to buy, but can't find anywhere anymore'. So for Stephen at Salamanca, this one's for you!!
All going well, 48 lemon creams, using Glendevie lemons, time for dipping, a bit sticky...mmm... take care...not going well, noooooo. It was like a horror movie about a deep sea monster or an alien in a building. 48 went in, but only 15 came out. Stephen better like them. Stephen better turn up for them!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Dad put 6.5 to bed tonight:
"Ed and Jeanette weren't there today" (at Cygnet Market)
"No they weren't"
"I'm going to dream of eccles cakes"
"O.k. you do that"
Bless him, they are good eccles cakes.
Monday, September 27, 2010
And what a beautiful time of year it is. The days are getting longer and the nights shorter, the evenings are warmer and there is a distinctive buzz in the air. Yes the damn flies are back and every year I forget how enormous they are. They should be in the Amazon, not in my house.
And now that the weather is warming up I can start making moulded chocolates again. I miss them. They are so satisfyingly pretty when they work out.
We're back to Salamanca and Cygnet markets next week and will be increasing our whereabouts in the coming months so stay posted!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Between 2.5 deciding that sleeping is no fun when you have a cold, chocolates not working, fire not starting 'cause the wood's gotten wet.... blah-blah-blah...
Well, Thursday morning, 8 a.m., is now the most important single time of the week, it's when I phone Slalmanca for a spot. Today at 8:55 a.m., I remembered that. Unfortunately I remembered a tad too late so while I will be at Salamanca this Saturday the 18th, I willl not be there on the 25th or the 2nd either. Silly me....
Monday, September 6, 2010
"Dad, do we have a Prime Minister yet?"
"No, not yet, they are still figuring it out"
"Dad, why don't they share?"
"Well, that's a bit hard to do"
"Well, why don't they take turns?"
"Dad, they should do paper-rock-scissors!"
"Yes, that's a good idea"
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
No.1: Cygneture...(experimenting with gooseberries again this week and Lemon Tea ganache)
No.2: Ed & Jeanette's Pork Pies (you need to get in quick because fellow stall holders have realised how great they are so they usually sell out in the first hour or two)
No.3: The handmade sourdough and beer breads that have been for sale at the front door for the past few markets (delicious)
Mmmm... Four good reasons
No.4: The honey, also sold at the front door (mountain lilac and leatherwood among others)
No.5: Hand made and photographed cards (some beauties of Tasmanian birds and picker's huts)
Fine, lots of good reasons... Ed & Jeanette's goats cheese, handmade soaps, Julie's plants.....
Then have lunch at Lotus Eaters and the Red Velvet Lounge, visit local art galleries, take a walk along Port Cygnet water front................
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
From now we are hoping to be at Salamanca each week, Cygnet Market on the 1st Sunday of each month and Franklin on the last Sunday of each month. We will keep the website and blog up to date with any events etc.
This week we are also planning to update the website with photographs of chocolates and our new packaging.
Link to Mercury article about Cygneture by food writer Elaine Reeves.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A huge THANK YOU to Eagle Plastics in Hobart for making my display cabinet. It's great. Salamanca is a lot of hard work. Between getting organised to get there and then trying to make logical sentences all day, I was glad to have Nikki with me, I don't think I would have gotten through my first day without her. Cheers.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'll update what's on after Thursday (next day in the kitchen).
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Back to the commercial kitchen this week to prepare. Very excited and looking forward to getting back up to Hobart markets.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Next stop was obligatory visit to Bruny Island Cheese to buy some 1792 and Saint that was so runny and yummy it was like spreading a thick gooey creamy sensation over my bread. The bread is baked on site in the wood fired oven outside that was still warm when I walked by and smelled so good I could have eaten the bricks.
Friday, July 16, 2010
So how do I warm the cockles of my heart after that? I sent out an SOS to find a Tasmanian Rum to make an Eggnog chocolate, Lark Island Rum was the answer and I am pretty happy with the result.
I experimented with Seven Sheds Melomel. David and I couldn't decide on whether it was a success or not, so off I went to look for objective opinions. The results of my mini-survey were 50-50, but while I was at the Cygnet Market today I had an idea... I went to Salamanca yesterday and picked up some Ashbolt Elderberry Concentrate, which comes with the recommendation, "With gin or vodka", ("red flag to a bull" should be written in brackets). Thoroughly enjoyable.... So, next choc of the bench will be a pepperberry ganache with elderberry gel.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Chestnuts from our beautiful tree