Image attached is my first crop of home grown Asparagus. Planted about 6 months ago in Brisbane Australia and after allowing the growth of full shoots and flowers(which are quite pretty) I have been able to harvest 4 spears that have risen above the soil surface.
I took this opportunity to Photograph them as you see in the image as well as stitch a panorama for my Macro Pano Food series.
At the big house dinner parties were a royal experience. Beautiful plated entree, played main with silver service vegetables, and plated dessert and petitfours.
The silver service vegetable was my first task to master. 3 varieties each dinner party and they changed each dinner party. Broccoli flowerets, zucchini cut into flowers, stuffed zucchini flower with baby zucchini. Baby carrots, carrot batons in a carrot ring. Baby cauliflower gratins, poms bolligere, poms William, chateau potatoes, bean bundles, cabbage dumplings and the list goes on.
I had to learn many new skills, the most notable would be patients, also vegetable carving, turning(a skill I still love), attention to details, near enough is not good enough and more patients.
Next post some entrees I think. Like share and comment please
Quick and simple yet tasty. Frozen sweet paste shell, caramel filling can and fresh pears, peeled, halved, cored and poached in cinnamon anise stock syrup.
Bake tarts, spoon in caramel, slice pears into half again and slice length ways and fan out onto the tarts. Brush with the stock syrup once it has been reduced to almost toffee.
Today’s mission was to create hot cross buns for the girls at Brisbane girls grammar school. Make the ferment, make the dough, prove for 40 mins, knock back prove for 20 mins, weigh and ball into trays, prove until double , brush with egg wash, pipe on the cross(just flour, oil and water), bake in old stony (our ancient bakers oven), turn often to escape the shocking hot spots, cool in tray for 5 mins, dust with icing mix and return to oven to melt the sugar a little. Alternatively make a sugar syrup and slap in on top with pastry brush like your painting a fence(this will create a creamy fondant icing). Turn out of tray and savour the magic smell of yeast and spice before you tray and serve.