Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I think I have found my new ultimate favorite Marshmallow! Toasted coconut, wow! Vegan Marshmallows surrounded by unsweetened organic toasted coconut, right after I made them, still soft I cant describe, its just perfect! Also no corn syrup for these babies, organic cane sugar, organic agave syrup and yummy goodness.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Good morning. I left few samples of the gelatin free Marshmallows and dairy free truffles at @GlacierLongmont, stop by and let me know what you think. Thank you I hope is a wonderful day for everybody!

Monday, March 29, 2010

If you have a minute today please got to my web site to take my "dairy free chocolates" poll @ Thank you :-) changing my life around.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dairy free products?!

So I have turned vegetarian after few years, I used to be in my early tweenties. Now I am experimenting with recipes for my personal use but also for my products.
I have been posting about the gelatin free marshmallows, that finally turned out to be quasi perfect.
Now I am also experimenting with dairy free truffles. I am not sure if I am going to change my entire line of chocolates, but I would love to offer an alternative for people that dont eat dairy for different reasons.
Also the challenge of finding new alternatives and ingredients it always tickle my creativity. Yes I like to make my life a little bit complicated sometimes, but thats fun to do.
So here are my first dairy free dark chocolate truffles and gelatin free chocolate covered marshmallows.
I will leave some tomorrow (Monday, 29th) at Glacier homemade ice cream and Gelato in Longmont, to sample. Let me know what do you think :-)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The dark ganache truffles are looking good, silky and smooth. I am not planning to change all my line, but implement possibly some vegan/vegetarian alternatives.
Working on more Marshmallows, trying to find a more practical technique. Also I am trying some vegan truffles, starting with a simple dark.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Well I am still experimenting with vegan Marshmallows since I wasn't satisfied with the results, they didn't compare to the regular ones. So few more batches are been made as I type :-P. Getting expensive though.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just finished dipping Sea salt caramels, tomorrow I will be working on Asia and few more. Now I am going home to my boys. :-)Ciao.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Schools closed 4 st Vrain district
Had to dug the car from under the snow then dug my way out of the driveway, nothing like an early morning workout!
Had to dug the car from under the snow then dug my way out of the driveway, nothing like an early morning workout!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Back to work, the not so fun one anyway. Got some chocos done and more prepped, hoping to get more done after work. Happy Tuesday.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Last day to vote for your Longmont favoite 2010 Whats your favorite? We know for sure @GlacierLongmont
Sunday morning, coffee, the smell of fresh baked Challah and French toasts, relaxing music and my kidos, taking it all in now.

Friday, March 19, 2010

These are definitely 21 and up kind of chocolates! No kidding around here these are fueled with Colorado made whiskey @Stranahans Wow!


Bunnies waiting impatiently to be picked up @GlacierLongmont. Snowing today, the day before its officially Spring, love Colorado :-)
My new creations of this week, who know me also knows that I do tend to get bored with the everyday routine :-P So here are Latte & Rum ban
My new creations of this week, who knows me also knows that I tend to get bored with the everyday routine :-P. So here are "Latte" & "Rum banana".

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The first batch of @Stranahans whiskey chocolates is on the way, little taste gave me a buzz :-) yummy stuff.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nutrition: 10 Reasons To Face The Challenge
I think the creative bug bit me this morning! I got some new mold in and I can't wait to try them out. Mother's day challenge here I come:-)

Stop Japan from Commercial Whaling - The Petition Site

A sore subject, has been for years, now we can do something about it.
Thank you.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Morning, early in the kitchen today, we were all out of Irish coffee chocolates, can't happen the day before St Patrick's day right!?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Vegan Marshmallows anyone!? Yes this is the fifth attempt, thanks to David Soleil beautiful blog and book insight, several days spent reserching like a mad woman, reading labels, get acquainted with molecular Gastronomy, quite a bit of cash spent and failed experiments.
I am pleased with the result, but I think it needs little bit more work, they are slightly softer than regular marshmallows, I haven't had a vegan marshmallow before so I am not sure what kind of consistency I am aiming for. I am sure I shouldn't expect the same of a gelatin base marshallow though. I did ordered some of the vegan commercial ones to see how they are.
It is hard to let go of my marshmallows, the original one, as the recipe is almost fool proof, I have made so many different variations of flavors and texture and never had a problem with it, plus I do like the taste which is not too sweet and the consistency, especially when I let them dry a little bit. I will keep experimenting, the vegan marshmallow movement is getting big so I am sure soon we will have commercial vegan products to replicate the gelatin ones.
I have to say that these ones are wonderful, fluffy and slightly springy, they do melt well too.
OK the vegan/vegetarian marshmallow quest is becoming an obsession! I think this is the 5th batch I made in 2 days.I am getting closer.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More Bunnies are peaking out of the case @GlacierLongmont, 3 different sizes, rigorously made with El Rey dark Venezuelan chocolate.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Lets the experimentation begin!! Oh I feel like a little kid play with the brand new chemistry set. So excited. Hopefully I will report success soon.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Love this.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I am totally engrossed in molecular gastronomy, I wish I didn't skip all those chemistry classes :-) working on vegan vegetarian Marshmallows hopefully by this weekend. Waiting on the key ingredients, then its lab science time!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Happy March 8th

Torta Mimosa.

To celebrate and honor all the wonderful women that touched and keep touching my life and to all of the women out there that make the difference in this world everyday, I made Torta Mimosa, it is a typical italian cake made with sponge cake, cream chantilly with chocolate bits. Its made to resemble the Mimosa tree flower (Acacia).
Thank you.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

International Women's Day

March 8th is the international Women's Day. I am accustomed to celebrate it because in Italy is almost a national event. I have noticed though that in the USA is rarely acknowledged and I was wondering why.
Anyway as for any celebrations, events, holiday etc etc, unfortunately there is always the commercial part of, which I don't necessarily like.
I have decided since I haven't been able to celebrate this recurrence in a while, to donated to the WFP to support their worldwide effort to help fight hunger. The women work in this battle is essential and I feel we can make the difference as women, citizens of the world, mothers and fathers. I strongly feel for this cause the same way I feel for smaller causes, like Downsonthefarm, which is a local nonprofit organization operated by a wonderful, strong and courageous woman, doing what she believes can make a difference in others lives.
So I am throwing a challenge for this coming week, for everybody out there to find a way to make even a tiny difference in our and others lives, it doesn't matter how big or small, what it counts is that we don't forget the world out there.
Let's celebrate with actions.
Be the best we can be.

Friday, March 5, 2010

To honor and celebrate the international women's day March 8th pls share.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring is back!

There it is our very first Spring's Hare, or Bunny if you prefer :-)

They will be soon populating the display case at Glacier Homemade ice cream & gelato in Longmont.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oh forgot a sneak peak of the chickies.
Oh forgot a sneak peak of the chickies.
Another 4:30 raise this morning I didn't think I was going to make it, but it actually feels good to be up and in the kitchen getting some Easter Spring chocolate done. Ciao

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The first chicks of Spring found a cute nest @GlacierLongmont. Working on more ideas to mould in chocolate.
Did I mention I love the town early early morning? Too bad that after having fun with chocolates and dreams I have to go to work, back to real life huh! Finished a batch of Asia and got other stuff done before 7 am not bad. Will be back later:-)