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cup of cake

Posted in bon appetit! on April 7, 2010 by fenny widjaja

i had never considered making cupcakes before. i had only tried it once and didn’t think i like it. in my opinion, they looked pretty, that’s all.

after seeing how popular it is, i decided to give it a try. maybe i will enjoy cupcake after all.

 1st trial: didn’t like the frosting. made from icing sugar+butter+milk. gritty and the sweetness gave me headache. ouch!  

chocolate mint cupcake2nd: chocolate mint cupcake. tried using italian buttercream. much better! very smooth, creamy. yet has the right sweetness. 

so, have i changed my opinion on cupcakes? don’t think so. i prefer muffins. they may not look as pretty, but they look more inviting and rustic. cupcakes look too chic…they also taste better compared to cupcakes. n minus the frosting, which is better for your tummy (ha! yea right!).

time to move on. next, will make some muffins.

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restaurant service

Posted in bon appetit! on May 28, 2009 by fenny widjaja

this week,we did the restaurant service in another kitchen. we had to move all the ingredients from the1st floor to 4th floor. the kitchen was not very clean n we weren’t very impressed(the kitchen is usually occupied by students that is going to have CAP exam which means they should have high standards.their kitchen says otherwise)the trays were dirty,the tables were undescribable. chopping boards smelled. sink-as bad. i guess exams can only measure your skill, but not your passion n mentality-both elements are as important.grrrr…..getting madder now!

enough said. we prepared 3 desserts.but the mise en place was done the day before. so we were actually quite relaxed.

litchi/framboise/rose macaron,litchi sorbet.

macaronG & i made the macaron shells n they look quite pretty,most importantly, they had the legendary ‘feet’.(we’re d macaron duo!).th 6-cm macaron is then served litchi/rose sorbet.

marmite lutee…?(don’t really know the spelling)

marmite

looks like pot pie..it is filled with fruits(pineapple,kiwi,banana, mango,orange) n spiced sugar syrup (cinnamon,lemongrass,ginger)then covered with puff pastry.

cheese square

carre blanc

like cheesecake,but using fromage blanc…french…pears marmalade  underneath n sponge biscuit at the bottom. taste great.

the first few hours was quite boring, nothing much to do…just nibbling stuff…^^…n deciding how to plate the desserts.

the cuisine kitchen was just next to us. it was the first time i got a glimpse of what they are doing.n they look really professional. porduced amazing dishes!they use speaker to call out orders…SO COOL!!! 

the service had a rough start. the litci sorbet was not churned yet n something was wrong with the pacojet machine so our chef had to find another one. so we couldn’t send out the desserts. a bit chaotic there…but everything turned out fine. some guests passed by the kitchen and i saw a boy and his parents asked about the desserts with such enthusiasm. i think that moment really make our hardwork worth the while… 

at the end of service, we get to eat what we made(actually we also taste them before service…) coz the leftovers were either ‘a la ventre’ or ‘a la poubelle’. wasting food is a no-no. so,’DEGUSTATION’ like my friend always says…aah,such a refined word…i really like the  sorbet…very sweet, but really taste the litchi n rose.

hoping to have a mutual relationship with the cuisiniers(such as giving us their dishes),we decided to build up good will by giving them the leftover macarons. thay ate them like hamburgers. it was nice as well to know that the cuisiniers liked them.

as i arrived home, i had to gobble down a jug of water n still felt thirsty. the sweet really made me sick…but lesson is never learnt. i still can’t stop eating sweet things.

how big is a queen’s mouth…?

Posted in bon appetit! on May 25, 2009 by fenny widjaja

i had a cuisine class today. we made some type of  vol au vent called -bouchee a la reine-translation:queen’s mouthful. that queen must have a big mouth…

bouchee a la reine

the other one we made was feuilletage jambon. more cream n cheese n ham n FAT.

i am not a fan of salty food, but all that i made today turns out salty

intro

Posted in bon appetit! on May 25, 2009 by fenny widjaja

regardez-moi

hi, my name is physalis. don’t mix up my name with the disease you-know-what. i taste really nice n cruchy. please eat me…

les petits

Posted in bon appetit! on March 23, 2009 by fenny widjaja

our class made petits fours last tuesday n wednesday. each of us is assigned with different things to make. i get to make madeleines. not hard to make, but looks pretty!(especially when you use a tiny madeleine molds, like what we did). what is crucial is the ‘hump’.

AND….the award for the madeleine with the biggest ‘hump’ goes to………(drum rolling, claps n cheers)…….

madeleine 

i tried the canele, other than being overdosed with rhum -_-, i actually liked the chewy texture. next to the canele is the raspberry financier, didn’t get a chance to try it T_T, but i think it should taste excellent.

canele

love it love it love it

Posted in bon appetit! on March 17, 2009 by fenny widjaja

macaroni finally get to make macarons yesterday. i just keep falling in love with macaron. they are cute little things with beautiful colours. our chef said that macaron is a legend. sometimes you can make it perfect, other days you completely fail. i was really bad at the piping. n i think my nervousness made it even worse. chef saw my piping n goes,”what is that??they are uneven!i cannot believe it!”

i would like to master the art of macaron making and if i succedeed, i would like to sell them in my future patisserie shop. sounds like i have to work hard! i really hope i have chosen the right future career for my life. i have to give 100% effort and PRAY. 

it’s a pity that i forgot to bring my good camera to take the pictures.

can’t believe i made this!

Posted in bon appetit! on February 24, 2009 by fenny widjaja
chaussons aux pommes and i-don't-know-the-name-but-it's-tasty-!

chaussons aux pommes and i-don't-know-the-name-but-it's-tasty-!

the class was making PUFF pastry dough yesterday n then baked the products today. we made chaussons aux pommes(apple turnovers) and i dont know what’s the name for the other one. i think it’s just apple tart on puff pastry…..i am very happy with how it turned out. they are very crunchy n DELISH!

i don’t know whether i can make something this good outside of school though…i feel that our kitchen lab. is immune to failures^^. 

i really enjoy the program of the school so far. i look forward to learn more stuff.