Culinary Sagacity

~Thought for Food~

The Cathayans believed that the soul or mind is located not in the head but in the stomach.

Doubtless this explains why they fret so much about the preparation and serving of food.

It may also explain why their memories are so much better than ours.

Information is stored not in the finite head, but in the expandable stomach.

--Cyrus Spitama in Gore Vidal's Creation

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Valentine's Cake, 2009


As I'd hoped, I got yet another decadent, heart-shaped cake from my Valentine this year!

The cake itself was comprised of a layer of crunchy chocolate biscuit, a salted caramel ganache center surrounded by a dark chocolate mousse and topped with a poured chocolate ganache. The decorations are piped white chocolate, gold leaf, and "bronze" chocolate covered raw cacao beans. The chocolate used is Michel Cluizel's Hacienda Vila Gracinda, 67% Cacao—an amazing single origin couverture from the Vila Gracinda plantation on the island of São Tomé.

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