Thursday, January 15, 2009

Absynthe 2

Jan 13th:
Another night in Surfers, actually Paradise Point, about 10 k north of Surfers where Absynthe's second bake-shop is. Here they make the pastries for the restaurant and the other outlet. Lots of fresh fruit and a wonderful marscapone cream base for the tarts. Dairy products are very cheap here in Australia, and there is an abundance of wonderful cheeses, yoghurts and creams, and of course, amazing butter. You can also buy a thickened cream which contains gelatin straight from the dairy. A great stabilizer in this hot weather, unless you are a vegetarian!
Many, many thanks to Mejitte for letting me come and help him, and sharing his knowledge about the business in Australia. I'll be back!

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Why this blog.....

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January to March 2009. I was on Professional Development leave from my teaching Job at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island Universtity. I chose to take a 3 month leave to visit bakeries and teachng institutions in Australia. Thank you to VIU and my union (BCGEU) for supporting this venture. The aim of this blog was to keep an ongoing diary of my experiences and share them with my students and colleagues. This sure beats coming up with a report and slide show months later. I mean "FRESH" is what baking is all about! Learned to bake back in 1978....making granola...but that is another story. .