Chocolate Fondant NOMU Style



Chocol­ate Fond­ant NOMU Style

 

 

Last week Wed­nes­day I was invited by NOMU to attend an “after­noon of irres­ist­ible treats”, as per the invit­a­tion so tan­tal­iz­ingly phrased it. And what an after­noon of dec­ad­ence and spoil­ing it was. Thank the Pope I never ate lunch, as per the invite sug­ges­ted with a some­what sneaky-effective-luring “p.s” (typed at the bot­tom of the page). Hav­ing skipped lunch and walked from Cav­endish Mall (yes, you read right), ALL THE WAY to Winchester Avenue, Bish­ops Court, to Ottimo Ciba, where the event took place, I was more than com­fort­ably hungry – to be frank I was bloody starving.

 

 

On entrance, wor­ry­ingly sweaty and with disheveled hair, (the walk was fright­fully hilly and LONG), I was warmly greeted by Paul (hus­band to NOMU cre­ator, Tracy), who handed me a name badge and ushered me to the room where the “irres­ist­ible treats” where to be found and the mys­tery behind the invite was revealed.

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Pickled Root Vegetable and Crumbed Goats Cheese Salad



Pickled Beet and Baby Rain­bow Car­rot Salad with Goats Cheese

 

 

I just love the look of baby rain­bow car­rots, how­ever I don’t find them very sweet – in fact I think they’re a bit on the bit­ter side. I usu­ally don’t like to use them, for (1). nor­mal car­rots are much nicer and (2). I am not a huge fan of cooked car­rots. But, I had to find a way to use them, after all they are so cute and pretty! I decided to make them into pickles. I love pickles, and I really like pickled car­rots and it just so happened that that If I bought the car­rots I got R10 off if I bought beets as well – so obvi­ously with a deal like that, who could refuse? Sar­casm aside, I did think that beets were a good idea to buy – they’re pretty cool pickled too and they’re rather healthy too.

 

 

Crumb­ing and fry­ing goats cheese is simply scrump­tious – I don’t think I should ever eat it any other way. Once fried, they become little cheese cro­quettes that are warm in the inside and crunchy on the out­side – what more can you want? Well, pickles (obviously).

 

I chose to use the pepper-coated one (since it was in the fridge), it was very deli­cious and I think any fla­vour goats cheese would go down a treat. These goats cheese cro­quettes would also work well in a salad of Parma Ham and roas­ted cherry toma­toes and toasted pine nuts. They would also work great served as a tapas – they are so mar­velous they can handle their own.

 


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Roast Tomato Goats Cheese Tart



Tomato Tart

 

 

 

This is a great dish if you love toma­toes and Provencal fla­vours. The com­bin­a­tion of the sweet and tart toma­toes with the goats cheese, Dijon mus­tard and thyme is simply heav­enly and cer­tainly con­jures up images of South­ern France. Aside from tast­ing deli­cious, the tart is also rather pretty and reas­on­ably cheap. Also, toma­toes are very good for ones skin, appar­ently they help pro­tect the skin from the sun’s harm­ful rays, which in turn helps skin from aging – so eat up ‘em toma­toes.
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Apple Cinnamon Wreath



Cin­na­mon and Sugar Plaited Wreath

 

 

I simply love cin­na­mon and sugar and when I stumbled across this recipe I had to make it. Not only is it so pretty, but it tastes great – but I sup­pose any­thing that has but­ter, sugar and cin­na­mon as a main ingredi­ent is destined to be delicious.

 

 

The ori­ginal recipe doesn’t have apple in it, but I thought apple would make it even bet­ter – after all cin­na­mon and apples are per­fect together. I used a Granny Smith apple grated, which gave the ‘wreath’ a nice tart­ness that con­tras­ted well with the sweet and rich fla­vours from the sugar and butter.

 


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Citrus Poppy Seed Brioche Mini Buns



Cit­rus Poppy Seed Bri­oche Buns

 

 

 

I love bri­oche, espe­cially toasted and enjoyed with a cup of good cof­fee. Mak­ing bri­oche buns, instead of a loaf, is great because you can freeze the buns you don’t eat. I love to eat these buns, toasted under the grill and drizzled with real maple syrup. They are also deli­cious served with homemade cherry jam (hence the cher­ries in the pics) – recipe to fol­low in my next post ;-)

 

 

 

 

 

If you have an elec­tric cake mixer, these buns are really easy to make, how­ever they are a little time-consuming. I have never made bri­oche without using a cake mixer attached with a dough hook, and I can only assume it would be quite dif­fi­cult to achieve the same res­ult by hand. When mak­ing these buns, you must add the but­ter slowly, one cube at a time, and make sure that each cube is incor­por­ated before you add the next. This is a bit of an annoy­ance, but if you want to make bri­oche this is the tech­nique – after all it is a but­ter and egg enriched bread and it’s all that but­ter that makes this bread so deli­cious. And like most breads, it has to prove twice (again a bit of a poke) – so clear 2 hours of your life to make these little buns of heaven.
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