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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 – Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Dinner, Funny, Lunch, Main, Modern, Pasta, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Okay, so the only pasta I had left in the pantry was teddy bear pasta? Why? I have no idea – I must have bought it when it was on sale or something…

So here we have my pumpking & teddy bear pasta bake.

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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 – Goat’s cheese & cranberry on sourdough

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Breads, Cuisine, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple, Snack, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Very simple but amazingly tasty.

You won’t believe the flavour combination until you try it – I highly recommend you try it.

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RECIPE – Lamb Shanks with Chive Mash

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, Lunch, Main, Meal Type, Meat, Medium, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Mmmm…lamb 😀

Oven roasted lamb shanks with root vegetables & chive mash potatoes

I had the day off work one day and my sister had been harassing me for a while to make lamb shanks for dinner (and obviously invite her over), so here it is.

No knife actually necessary – the meat falls off the bone 🙂

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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 – Cornbread (for stuffing for Turducken)

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, American, Breads, Cuisine, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Type, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Cornbread – aka Turducken preparations (cornbread stuffing).

My sister calls it corn cake because of all the sugar – and then I realised that I forgot to add sugar to this batch…oops.

Southern style corn bread

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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 – Zumbo Chocolate Mousse Cake (From Masterchef)

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Chocolate, Cuisine, Dessert, dessert, Recipes, Supernova with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

My attempt VS Adrian Zumbo’s Masterpiece

This is a recipe I did about a year ago (again I had a bit of a career break which I was enjoying) 😀 It is a multi-layered chocolate mousse cake that takes hours of preparation to make.

This is something from Masterchef Australia and the evil maestro Adrian Zumbo with his delightful, yet painstaking creations.

The full recipe can be found on the Masterchef Australia website at

This is NOT for the faint-hearted – it’s a very long, complex recipe… I spread this over 3 days due to time & the massive clean-ups required.

The layers (top to bottom)

  1. Chocolate blackberry sabayon mousse
  2. Salted caramel layer
  3. Biscuit jaconde
  4. Chocolate blackberry sabayon mousse
  5. Texture apple tatin insert
  6. Biscuit jaconde
  7. Chocolate blackberry sabayon mousse
  8. Pate sable cinnamon

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