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Author Topic: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread  (Read 207269 times)
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« Reply #120 on: March 07, 2009, 10:54:03 PM »

Those are all just gorgeous! Almost too pretty to be eaten.
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« Reply #121 on: March 08, 2009, 06:32:04 AM »

One more, and then I am done until the next weekend:


I just realized that bf is actually eating at least one and a half cakes per week since we have guests on Sunday so I make two cakes, but once they are gone there is still more than half of "visitors' cake" left in addition to the one which was just for him. How can he do that and not put on any weight, I'd really like to know.

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« Reply #122 on: March 08, 2009, 07:32:16 AM »

I'm really enjoying this thread. Your creativity is so astonishing, aleko.

Where do you get all of your ideas from? And how on earth did you learn how to do all of this in the first place?
I wish I had even half of your talent.

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« Reply #123 on: March 11, 2009, 03:04:00 PM »

LOL Poco, can I have a first class seat?  I never get to fly first class......look out Aleko, we are on our way! Lock the doors and barricade the windows!   Cheesy
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« Reply #124 on: March 12, 2009, 04:07:08 AM »

Wow, I can't wait until the plane gets here to pick me up!  I've never been in first class either, I'm usually in the farthest seat smashed in like a sardine.

Aleko, you better run or start stocking up!
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« Reply #125 on: March 12, 2009, 09:10:25 PM »

Thank you all, and I really wish you could come! Sometimes when it comes to desserts, after I spent hours decorating it I would really appreciate a bit more than "Looks OK. Can I eat it now?" which is what I usually get from my bf.

As for ideas, I don't know, they just sort of happen. I guess it is a job related habit, although job has nothing to do with baking and decorating, but food preparation is after all chemistry, physics, and materials science Smiley I learnt the techniques from books, once you can manage the basics then it is easy to apply it to new things. Now if I want inspiration, I look at floristry books for different kinds of flowers and arrangements rather than sugarcraft, since most sugar books are same old, same old when it comes to flowers, with very few exceptions like Alan Dunn.

Btw, one of the best books on desserts if anyone is interested is Professional Pastry Chef/Advanced Professional Pastry Chef by Bo Friberg (there is quite a bit of overlap between the two, Professional has more recipes, Advanced has more focus on decoration and presentation). The only drawback is that he is usually giving recipes in quite large quantities, but often he has a small batch recipe as well on how to scale it down (in some cases simple arithmetics doesn't work all that well).
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« Reply #126 on: March 13, 2009, 07:50:32 AM »

First one for the weekend, almond and lemon sponge, kumquat jam, bananas, vanila cream, chocolate+orange cream. Decorations (snow, bird, snowdrops) are all gumpaste.



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« Reply #127 on: March 13, 2009, 08:13:55 AM »

That's really "out there"  LOL  Grin

I don't what know what guests would think if I brought that out and put it on the table and started handing out desert plates.

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« Reply #128 on: March 14, 2009, 12:17:11 AM »

Well, this one is a more conventional looking cake Smiley Flower and butterfly are made from boiled sugar.



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« Reply #129 on: March 14, 2009, 05:58:20 AM »

I think your guests would be very impressed, Steve!  Especially if you could say that you designed and created that cake.

As Avant-garde as that desert is . . I would probably have to say,

"Everyone ready for desert? Wait till you see this."

Still, I'm not sure if they would "get it".   Grin
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« Reply #130 on: March 14, 2009, 07:14:39 AM »

OMG, I havent had breakfast yet and I am starving!  Cut me a BIG piece of either one of those cakes.....or how bout a piece of both pweedy pweese?   Shocked Grin
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« Reply #131 on: March 14, 2009, 07:46:17 AM »

alek0- You are blowing my diet ! I get hungry every time I look at this thread.
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« Reply #132 on: March 14, 2009, 10:43:14 PM »

Just scrumptious-looking stuff!
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« Reply #133 on: March 15, 2009, 03:58:44 AM »

Thank you!

One more, I was a bit bored today:




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« Reply #134 on: March 15, 2009, 05:47:51 AM »

Wow, a tropical atoll complete with its own dormant volcano!  What will Alek think of next?
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