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The Chocolate Show, London – My Top 5

Last month I paid a visit to The Chocolate Show in Kensington with my friend Laura. A whole show full of chocolate? Surely it can’t get much better than that?! There was so much to see and so many different types of chocolate that it would be impossible to write about it all. So I thought I’d give my highlights through a Top 5. Here we go, in no particular order… Paul A Young¬† I’ve been a fan of Paul A Young’s ridiculously amazing chocolate for a while now, as Tim has bought me an Easter Egg from his shop in the City for the past few years. It’s not the cheapest chocolate by any means, but it’s definitely worth it. I was excited to see the man himself at the show, and he and his team were making delicious gooey brownies which you could smell from far away. We were pretty much lured over by the divine scent! You can find out more about Paul A Young here. 2. Marou Vietnamese Chocolate They say …

All Things Chocolate At ‘Bake With Maria’

Now I’ve always loved chocolate (who doesn’t?) and I’ve cooked with it many times, but I have to admit that I didn’t have a great understanding of the whole chocolate making process. So when I was invited to attending a chocolate class at ‘Bake With Maria’, I was really excited to expand my knowledge of this area. The class was held at a baking lab based in St John’s Wood, owned by Maria Mayerhofer. The lovely Maria explained how she started out teaching people how to bake bread at her home (shutting her partner away in the bedroom while the classes took place!) and the popularity of these classes led to her opening the Baking Lab in 2011. They have just introduced chocolate-making classes, hosted by Annamarie Jones, a pastry chef and chocolatier, originally from San Diego. Here she is, introducing us to her very own (albeit slightly tired!) cacao tree, Corky. To begin with, Annamarie explained where our chocolate comes from. The Forastero tree yields around 70% of the world’s chocolate, found in the …

Luxury Easter Eggs: Hotel Chocolat and Heston Blumenthal/Waitrose

Each year Tim and I buy each other an Easter Egg and this year, we both ended up buying each other dark, rather luxurious eggs. I bought Tim the Heston Blumenthal Easter Egg from Waitrose: It’s in a very nice black and gold box – it almost looks more like a whisky/spirit box than an Easter egg! It opens up from the side to uncover a golden painted chocolate egg and when you crack into it, it reveals dark chocolate on the inside with a number of smaller mandarin flavour eggs, on a bed of edible straw. It’s all very ‘Heston’! Tim bought me the Rabot 1745 Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat: I adore Hotel Chocolat – it’s pricey, but the chocolate is always so delicious. It’s the closest I’ve ever found to the chocolate we tasted in Belgium, many years ago. The Rabot 1745 egg is one of their ‘extra thick’ range – one side is pure Madagascan 72% dark chocolate, and the other in ¬†Saint Lucian 70% milk chocolate – it’s going to …

Pancake Day indulgence at The Breakfast Club

Hello all! This is my very first blog post (you can find out more about me and why I set up this blog on my ‘about’ section). And I’m starting off with a post about our recent work visit to The Breakfast Club in Hoxton. We’d been talking about going somewhere for Pancake Day and The Breakfast Club was getting so much attention socially and in the local press that we just had to give it a go! I’d been to The Breakfast Club in Clapham many times before, but ironically enough, for dinner rather than breakfast! Three of us opted for the chocolate and peanut pancakes, while the other two went for the more traditional bacon and maple syrup. They were absolutely delicious – the chocolate was layered between the pancakes, with a peanut cream and brittle. It completely blew my wedding diet for a day, but it was worth it! They also had a clever promotion taking place, challenging people to eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes (#bcpancakechallenge). If they failed, they donated …