Saturday, 17 March 2012

Playschool for grown ups


To this nice little shop/cafe last night, for a chocolate-making workshop. Two tutors, three students, a vat of glorious milk chocolate, wonderful samples, and over three hours of learning and fun.

First, a demonstration. Tempering, and how to make nice neat chocolates without covering yourself and everything within three feet of you in chocolate.


With high-tech equipment.



And then we had a go. Within moments, we and our surroundings were covered in chocolate.




A bit messy, a bit lumpy, but completely, deliciously edible for all that. The word the cheerful tutors used throughout, when we bemoaned our grottier efforts, was "Handmade!"

There was a much larger hollow piece too, but...  er... well, it vanished before it could have its photo taken. Mysterious, I know.

15 comments:

Jen said...

They all look so beautiful and delicious and edible. I'm surprised just one disappeared!

Preseli Mags said...

Oh heaven! Oh envy! Oh how I wish my computer screen was scratch and sniff! Or - even better - reach in and taste!

elizabethm said...

Ah what a fabulous thing to do. I think your egg might have come into contact with the inadvertent eating I was talking about!

Anne said...

My friend Lorraine went on a chocoalte making course on Thursday ...... I haven't heard from her since so she is probably still there immersed in a vat of chocolate and eating her way out of it!!
Your choccies look very good - I'm amazed you remembered to take photos before they were all eaten!!

the veg artist said...

Of course, you will have to have quite a few attempts at home until you get the technique exactly right, and you must accept 'failure' as part of the learning process (and one of the perks!!).

Toffeeapple said...

You do some wonderful things, I might have to move to Somerset myself. I'm surprised that only one thing disappeared.

Shelagh said...

Clever you to have done this course when I wasn't there. But don't think I won't be begging you to take me when I come back! What fun!!

Hazel said...

They use a hairdrier? Things we didn't know, eh!

Surprised any of your endeavours made it to the to the box and photoshoot, myself. Suspect a chocolate covered apron would be all that was left as evidence round here!

knutty knitter said...

I hope it disappeared in a delicious sort of way :) Those would be endangered species round here!

viv in nz

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Rattling On said...

There's a shop in town that makes their own chocolates and fancy wedding cakes made of chocolate... they are selling little choc donkeys to raise money for the local sanctuary and I bought one only yesterday. By some strange coincidence that has also disappeared. Where do you think these thing go?

Susan said...

the key word here (for me) is "milk" yes 'tis true - not a fan of les healthy dark & forever a milk chocolate gal. Where did you take this lovely, tres useful ;-) course.

xoxo les gang

Susan said...

chocolate making, castles, long sprawling beaches, hills, temperate climate, ladies who lunch, high tea & some weird looking (but fun) archaic bowling game (at a pub ?) + M. Millie.

Oliver's bags are packed merci pour les link reminder xos

sigh here we go WD (perhaps it's keeping my brain young)

flwrjane said...

Your life is rather envy making.

xo Jane

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

And , as a bonus , you got to walk round for the rest of the day smelling of chocolate ! Wonderful !!

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