Monday, August 31, 2009

Formulation Baking Powder

In the Pastry kitchen, forget order Baking Powder and running out of stock. Don't worry you can make your own Baking Powder by mixing one part baking soda to two parts cream of tartar. Frequent combination with baking soda and cream of tartar is formulation Baking Powder.

  • Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is pure alkali and reacts with acidic ingredients in the recipe to give off carbon dioxide gas.
  • Baking Powder is a carefully proportioned mix of a dry acid, bicarbonate of soda a little cornstarch to absorb unwanted moisture.
  • Cream of Tartar is the potassium acid of tartaric acid, a carboxylic acid, is used for stabilizing egg white and preventing sugar syrup from crystallizing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Culinaire Malaysia FHM 2009 will be on 11-14 August 2009 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and taking back for me the first time or may be last time since its debut in 2005. Because from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur is even costlier. The cost escalates in competitions with airfares and accommodation as well. Use own money to compete.

Preparing for competition is very arduous. Many hours are spent in training. Dedication to their craft is what will make an extraordinary competitor stand out from the average one. To be fair to the employer, me cannot practise during working hours. It is equally important for the chef's employer to supportive, as practice for the competitions is usually done at the place of employment and time off will be needed to compete. It is quite normal for me to sleep at work in order to have more time practise.

Why are competitions important? Competitions keep chefs learning, by picking up new ideas from each other. Competitions are windows for the public look through to the other side of the chef's world and what it is all about. It also for me is a personal exam, I participant competing in 3 categories,- Dessert, Showpiece and Petit Fours or Pralines see what i learning before this. Personal creativity and flair also helps, plus little bit luck too.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Favourite Toys

Many cake decorating are on the market now, and this is wonderful for ideas and inspiration. Most children have favourite toys and characters and these can be copied by combining sectioned cakes and icing and colours.
The joy on the faces at the children receiving their cakes, is the greatest satisfaction.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Almond Paste

In Italy during a grain shortage when finely ground almond and sugar were kneaded together to fold an unbaked sweet "bread" Even the word "Marzipan" itself is open to conjecture. Marzipan or Massepain an old term for it in French, may be derived from the Italian word Marzapane, which originally meant "Sweet Box" and later what it contained or perhaps it comes from marcipanis, Latin for St. Mark's bread, which is what marzipan is called in Venice the city whose patron saint is St. Mark.