Friday, April 30, 2010
........................Perhaps the renaissance of cake making came in 1533 when Catherine de Medici married King Henry II of France. Faced with permanent residence in France, she brought along with her Italian delights in kitchens of their adopted home and introducing a host of culinary novelties to French such as choux pastry. The French, swift learners that they were, picked up the finer point of pastry making from their Italian teachers and went on to create a whole new game of cakes and pastries. In 1638, Ragueneau invented the almond tartlets that were later immortalized in print in Rostand's " Cyrano de Bergerac". This year 1740 saw the alleged introduction of the rum baba to France by the polish King, Stanislas leczcsynski, during his exile in Lorraine. Finding the traditional Gugelhopf, a yeast cake, too dry, he soaked it rum and named it after his favourite character, Ali Baba. The French Julien brothers played around with this recipe and in 1850, they succeeded in creating an improved version of this cake, which they named after French gastronome, Brillat Savarin, who gave them the secret recipe for the soaking syrup; thus was the French savarin cake born. The cake's place in history was sealed when Marie-Antoinette, just prior to the French Revolution in 1790, declared with great seriousness, upon being told that peasants were starving for lack of bread, "Let them eat cake". Ironically, they chose to do just that, deposing the King and Queen and taking what had formerly been the tea time fancies of the French monarchy. The 18 and 19 centuries saw the blooming of the patisseries art; this was the time of the reign of the undisputed king of patisseries, Antonin Careme, chef to a plethora of royal kitchens, architect of amazing sculptural desserts and allegedly, the inventor of croquemboche (a variant of choux pastry) and meringue.
Then came the discovery of chocolate. The cake forged a new path for itself with chocolate at its side, tearing throught the European continent and the Americas with devastating speed and leaving behind, awed, dazed fans and hundreds of delicious products such as the American Chocolate Fudge Cake and the Brownie, the Austrian Sacher Torte and the German Black Forest Cake.
Monday, April 26, 2010
held each year on 25 April as the Anzac Day commemorates the members of Sabah in World War 2, particularly prisoners of war (Pow) participating in the death march from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. A total of 1400 troops from Britain Australia and killed in the three death march at Sandakan (Sabah) when the Japanese forced them to walk so far 250 km. Is common for retired military or family member make a visit to Sabah to give honor to their ancestors who died and those who incite the clouds of life to help others during the difficult time.
It is commonly believed that the wives and loved ones of the ANZAC would send “Anzac Cookies/Biscuits” to their men during that war. The cookies were able to withstand not only the overseas travel, but still be edible. They were a welcome treat from home for the soldiers who were far away.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
* History of chocolate from over 2000 years ago with the discovery of the tree and cocoa in the tropical forest in central and south America.
* Many consider pieces of chocolate or candy made in modern times. Fact, Maya people are eating chocolate (250-900 AD) and the Aztecs (1250-1521) at the time of the ancient Mesoamerica and foamed bitters (foam) and a spicy addition to use in religious ritual and medicine. People believe Aztec cocoa beans awarded by "Comments on the White God, Quetzalcoatl (KET sal koh AH tul), which is responsible for him from heaven to earth.
* Chocolate was introduced in Europe by the conquerors of Spain around the year 1500. Unlike the ancient people who like bitter flavors of chocolate, sweet chocolate like European citizens. It was originally taken by the government and aristocratic family. In a period of 100 years, chocolate became the most popular food.
* Development of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s resulted in many innovations that also developed the chocolate industry. Chocolate in solid form. Like pieces of chocolate and candy was first produced and became a popular dessert all walks of life to date.
* The scientific name for chocolate, Theobroma given by the Swedish scientist, Carl Linnaeus. It means (Food of the Gods).
* Chocolate was introduced to Japan by U.S. troops during the Second World War. It is increasingly popular and today the Japanese people, Japanese people take 3.75 pounds (1.7kilogram) of chocolate a year.
* We often think of chocolate is often used in food. Fact, the majority of the world's population drink chocolate, they do not eat it.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Chief Minister's birthday cakes presentation by Sutera Harbour, Nexus, Beverly, STAR, Novotel, Le meridian, Promenade, Lembah Impian and Hyatt Hotel. Presented their cake creation in conjunction with the Sabah Chief Minister's 59th birthday at venue; level 7, Wisma Innoprise, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Easter, a feast in the Christian calendar, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after the day of his crucifixion, Good Friday.
Easter sunday falls some time between March 22 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon. There are several symbolised associated with Easter, the best known being the egg, which symbolised renewed life because in all living creatures, life begins in the egg.
Beside the egg, there are other symbols which are also associated with Easter. The lamb became identified with Christ, whom the Christians call the Lamb of God. On a less exalted level, the chicken and the rabbit represent fertility and the return of spring.
Here we have a spread of special fare for your family.