Day Twenty-One

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day twenty-one was a weird day.  It was rainy outside, and everyone was in weird moods.  What was even weirder?  We all finished our recipes, cleaned up on time, and got out of class early.  That’s the first time that’s happened.  I think everyone is getting faster and more organized.

Maybe everyone was hyped up on coffee fumes.  We roasted and crushed coffee beans for our coffee crème brulee.  Crushing coffee beans with the bottom of a saucepan is therapeutic. 
I hope I didn’t scare any of my classmates.

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We infused our cream and milk with the coffee beans. 

I’m pretty excited about this.  I’m not sure how we’re going to plate it yet.  We made a “chocolate cream” that is supposed to go with it.  I think it’s like a solidified chocolate pastry cream.  Here’s our finished crèmes.

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We also made a red wine stew.  I don’t like that name at all.  They should have called it Christmasy plum goodness.  That’s what it tasted like to me.  We cooked red wine, water, sugar, spices, berries (wild blackberries, blueberries, currents), vanilla bean and orange peel together, then added sliced plums later on. 

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I just realized our induction burner has a name. 

We also made a citrus florentine tuile batter, and crepe batter.  Crepes!  I love crepes!

Au revoir! 

11 comments on "Day Twenty-One"
  1. When I have to smash so coffee beans, I use a rolling pin, it's much much scarrier than a pan:) Everything that you make sounds sooo appealing to me!

  2. I think a coffee flavoured creme brulee would be awesome! I love that you roasted your own beans and infused the cream yourself. I adore crepes, but tend to prefer them with a savoury filling.

    1. I think I would like crepes either way! Do you use buckwheat flour in your savory crepes?

  3. I just voted for you on Facebook. I had to use my daughters facebook page (I don't have one) also don't tweet or have a blog. I do want to say I really enjoy your blog, I don't remember how I found it but I just love following your everyday journey's. Crossing my fingers that you win, good luck!

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Thank you to your daughters, too! :) Thank you for reading every day. That makes me feel good!

  4. I am so loving reading your daily recaps but this has to be the funniest bit so far: "I kept asking my classmates, 'Why don’t we use gloves?! Why don’t we use a spatula?!' They told me to man up." YOU GO, LADY! :)

  5. I believe this post was for me. You know my obsession with coffee don't you?? And coffee creme brulee?????? You have my attention! Delicious!!!

  6. What a hoot -- Mr. Induction! If you get a smaller one, is it called Master Induction? Or Li'l Indy?

    Don't be afraid to use latex gloves, they really keep you from burning yourself. I used to use them when I was doing stained glass work.

    1. Hahaha. Good one!

      Okay, I'll use gloves next time. I don't want to be burned!