Archive for the Complex Category

RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Black Forest Gateaux (BFG)

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Chocolate, Complex, Cuisine, Dessert, dessert, German, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Phew, having taken on the double challenge of 2 recipes from Heston’s In Search of Perfection tv series I am now done.

Heston’s perfect baked alaska & perfect black forest gateaux (BFG) have now been ticked off my to-do list. (See here for other Heston Blumenthal related posts)

Why the 2 of them in one go? Because the BFG has an excess of 12 egg whites leftover and I didn’t really fancy a 12 egg white omelette.

My attempt at Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Black Forest Gateaux

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RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Baked Alaska

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, American, Complex, Cuisine, Dessert, Dessert, dessert, Meal Type, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

As you may know, I recently dined at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Restaurant in London and it. Blew. My. Mind.

Having watched his tv series a million times (Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection), I decided that I wanted to make his perfect BFG (Black Forest Gateaux). I’ve attempted a regular Black Forest Gateaux recipe before but having tasted Heston’s BFG at his restaurant, I aspired to do better. (See here for other Heston Blumenthal related posts)

What does BFG have to do with Baked Alaska, you ask?

The only thing was, BFG required 18 eggs with about 12 egg whites left over – what to do with it? Why, attempt his Perfect Baked Alaska recipe, of course. So I’m working on them both at the same time – first to be completed is the Baked Alaska (Ed: Heston’s Perfect Black Forest Gateaux now completed).

Slight flickering of flames on the baked Alaska

I actually made more than one Baked Alaska as there were plenty of leftover ingredients. Heston’s perfect Baked Alaska was not hard to make – just time-consuming.

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RECIPE – Black Forest Gateaux

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Chocolate, Complex, Cuisine, Dessert, Dessert, European, German, Recipe Difficulty with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Nowadays, when you buy a Black Forest Gateaux at the shops, it does not resemble the traditional recipe much.

A proper Black Forest cake should have layers of white & black sponge, sour cherries, cream & chocolate mousse, etc.

Best Black Forest Gateaux I’ve ever had was at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant. You cannot beat that BFG. This recipe is still good, but it’s no Heston. (ED: I have since attempted Heston’s Perfect Black Forest Gaetaux)

This recipe came from SBS Food Safari German food episode with slight modifications – you can find the whole recipe, instructions & video on the SBS site.

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RECIPE – Roast Turducken (Tuckey, Duck & Chicken)

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Complex, Cuisine, Dinner, Main, Meal Type, Meat, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Apparently this is en vogue right now – in my defence I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while 😀

Turducken = Turkey (partially deboned) stuffed with a whole duck (deboned) stuffed with a whole chicken (deboned)

Basically, in this one, there are 3 different birds & different stuffings for each layer.

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RECIPE – Chicken Cannelloni with spinach & mushrooms

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Complex, Cuisine, Dinner, Italian, Main, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries with tags , , , , , , on December 18, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

When I first started cooking (oh so many years ago), it was jar of pasta sauce & packet of pasta, this was the first recipe that I had tried to properly make and it was divine. Cannelloni is a large, cylindrical pasta where you can stuff filling inside.

It’s a bit time-consuming but well worth the effort.

Chicken Cannelloni on bed of spinach & mushrooms (okay, I could have browned the top a bit more, but I was hungry)

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RECIPE – Pear (im)Perfection ala Masterchef

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Complex, Cuisine, Dessert, Dessert, dessert, Meal Type, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

So, I watched Junior Masterchef finale the other week and this was what they came up with. Peeved off with the judges & stupid 11/10 scores – pathetic – but can’t fault the food.

Figured if a 12 year old could, I could too. 😀

My flat attempt vs Adrian Zumbo’s Pear Perfection

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RECIPE – Le Papillon (The Butterfly) – Chocolate Dome Cake

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Chocolate, Complex, Dessert, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

For any of you out there that watch Masterchef Australia, Poh was the runner-up in the first season. She seems to have scored a better deal than the winner though, she has her own tv show and everything.

Anyway, my dear brother was the one  keen on making this recipe and brought it to my attention. Because I ‘had nothing better to do’, I ought to make it with him (was still on the career break at this point).

This is a chocolate mousse cake with layers of biscuit, poached pears & croustillant (wtf is that?!?) with a chocolate coating outside.

The original recipe (and videos) can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/pohskitchen/stories/s2997559.htm

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