Friday, April 15, 2016

Shortbread cookies....

Wow.... who knew that when you're a chef you actually do very little cooking and baking at your own house! I know, I probably shouldn't be surprised by that, but I still am... It's not that I don't want to cook and bake at home, or that I'm fed up with it (noooo, it's still the biggest love and passion of my life) it's just... I simply don't have that much time anymore... Yes, working as a chef involves crazy hours! Recently I'm on breakfast shifts, which basically means getting up at ungodly hours (around 5am...) and as a result passing out at around 8 pm! And evenings are where my "me time" - for baking, cooking, writing, reading books cookbooks, watching movies etc. But.... saying all that - I wouldn't change a thing! I'm living my dream at the moment and it finally feels like I've found "my place" where I fit just right! :)


Those of you who briefly followed my journey of becoming a chef, know that I didn't really cut, nor burn, myself during the training. Well, a lot has changed since then! I'm in a professional kitchen for about 6 weeks now, which resulted in slicing off half of my fingernail (including some of the meaty bits underneath...),lots of many cuts, not even worth mention, as they happen almost on a daily basis ;) and.... a nasty burn, after which I'm 1000% sure I'll have a scar.... NOW I know why all the chefs have tattoos all over their hands - to cover all the marks and scars! :P


But, going back to the recipe. It's something I did with my two little sous chefs - quick, and simple that even 4 and 6 year old can master :) This recipe for very delicious, not too sweet, very short cookies isn't mine, unfortunately, it's from Paul Hollywood's "How to bake". This one is definitely a keeper! As always, Paul didn't disappoint ;)

How to make it...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chocolate truffles...

Yes, it's quite easy and quick to make your very own chocolate truffles. What's more - it will cost you a fraction of the price you would have to pay for the hand made chocolates in any of the shops, especially the ones from artisan food producers. Don't understand me wrong, I'm all for supporting independent, small, usually family own and run, local food producers, but sometimes nothing gives you more pleasure and satisfaction than making things yourself, especially when it comes to playing with chocolate!


Yes, making chocolate truffles is rather messy business, and it really pays off when you're "cold handed" like myself - but you know what they say "cold hands, warm heart" :) One advice when making chocolate truffles - do invest in good quality chocolate, it will really be worth it. As the chocolate IS the ingredient here, you really want the good stuff.


These little, indulgent treats are great as a little treat after a meal, or simply enjoyed with a cup of coffee, or tea.

How to make it...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Becoming a chef - week 11... Final week...

So the journey has finished... The best part has just begun! I'm out in the world, equipped in the skills, and a bit of confidence and belief in myself too, ready to work as a chef, to fully become one. All that thanks to an amazing teacher, mentor and a true gent - Chef Mark Doe.
If you were to ask me, 4 months ago, will I ever be a chef, someone that works in a professional kitchen, I would probably laugh in your face, sorry but I would...

Textures of chicken - chicken roulade with goat's cheese on a caramelized onion, spicy chicken goujons with lemon mayo, mini chicken pie and roasted vegetable flower

I can't believe in what has happened last 3 months, but what I can't believe most is... That I got THAT job! I got THAT job, job of my dreams... Few weeks ago I have set up a foot inside the kitchen, not as a visitor, not as a waitress but... as a chef. Chef's whites on, black clogs on, knives in my hand, ready to give my best, give all I've got! And... I got it!

Salmon tartare