So, needed to make a larger batch for a family birthday, whipped up 24 pralines (and 6 prototypes for creme eggs...).
Used the seeding method to temper the chocolate again because of time constraints, but it seems to have worked well. Only major issue was that the empty shells had cooled too much, as so there's a very real failure point around the base when you take a bite. Not usually an issue, but with runny praline inside, it's not ideal. Still, the taste is there, and it's a good lesson.
Need more chocolate now - that's another 1.5kg of dark chocolate alone since the start of January (on top of the 400g of milk and 500g of white already gone)...
More milk for the next load I make, seems that 70% can be quite divisive. Might try and find some 55% to strike a balance.
I LOVE GT3, BATHURST AND MOTORSPORT
Pic from the official Twitter account
If you've been following me on Twitter, you'll know I might have gotten a bit overexcited about the Bathurst 12 hours that finished this morning. The truth is, it was a perfect example of why we love motor racing, and a good reminder early in the season about what the sport is all about.
I watched the first 3/4 hours or so before needing to catch some sleep, but set a 6.30am wake up call to watch the end, and boy was it worth it.
Bathurst is one of the "exotic" tracks which we all know about, but rarely get to see much of in our usual programming (along with, I'd say, Laguna Seca, Tsukuba and others in that style), but seeing GT3 cars hurling their way around the mountain is something we need to see much, much more of.
AUTOCAR DRIVES THE MCLAREN P1
Autocar magazine gets a hold of a McLaren P1, and unleashes it on the Bahrain Grand Prix track.
The 903hp machine impresses all round, and takes the hypercar top spot until such a time as Ferrari let journalists have a go in the LaFerrari. Impressively, considering all of that aero awesomeness, the P1 can also do some drifts as well.
CHOCOLATE MAKING: WHITE SHELLS, DARK GANACHE
If you've spotted a few of my tweets in recent months referencing my journey into moulded chocolate making, you might be interested in a few action shots as to how it's done.
This set is white chocolate shells, with a dark chocolate ganache (the domes also have ground almonds). The designs on the top are done using chocolate transfer sheets, attached at the end using a thin layer of tempered chocolate spread onto the flat surface.
These white ones have bloomed quite a lot. White chocolate is harder to work with for tempering I've found, and they don't appreciate being put into the fridge. Still, learning.
Enjoy, and drop me a mention if you'd like to ask a question!
CONTENT STRATEGY IS CHILD'S PLAY
A lot of the things we're taught in school can sometimes seem as though they'll never have any value to us when we get into the "real" world, where cash and connections triumph over calculus and cricket.
However, there are certain things which we're all taught, and which we might think aren't useful, but which might come back to help us later in life.
I've been pondering about this lately, especially the usefulness of the creative writing aspect of English, and how it gives a good primer on the content strategy discipline. When you're being taught the fundamental building blocks of writing engaging content (usually in the form of short stories at school), the teacher repeats the same thing over and over; "The Five Ws".
REDESIGNING YOUR OWN WEBSITE
When you spend your day building, coding, tweaking, designing and generally messing about with websites as part of your job, it can sometimes seem a bit of a busman's holiday to get home and boot up the IDE once again to do some tinkering with your own personal site.
Although I've only written a few posts on here in the past few years, I have been systematically playing with the design and the general design requirements, trying to answer a few questions: why do I even have a personal site? If I do need one, what content is it going to hold? Does it need a hierarchy of categories, or do you all know it's mainly going to be about cars, tech, coffee and food? Will it cater for a mixture of long and short form pieces?
It's quite an odd thing to try and define "personal content strategies", I'm not a massive fan of the concept of a "personal brand", but as any of the numerous "blogging guide" websites out there will tell you, having a clear idea of the content you're going to be creating is key to maintaining a personal blog.
So - this is why I've once again started down the path of redesigning, not only this site, but the entirety of Postmint and how I go about publishing stuff on the net (don't worry, as I mentioned in the previous post, I'm not going to promise the world any more...).
You should start seeing more posts from me on here soon then... maybe... :)