How to become a master chocolatier

How to become a master chocolatier

No one is born a chocolatier, just like no one is born a prima ballerina. Having a little bit of practical experience in both of these fields I can safely say that making chocolate is much simpler than Grand Jete or Arabesque. And it ‘s a great news! So how to become a master chocolatier? If you’re persistent enough and have reasonable level of self-denial, you can become master chocolatier even today! Or a chocolate maker! Or…. But what, the fudge,is the difference between a chocolatier and a chocolate maker? So let’s start with the basics and learn some proper nomenclature. It seems quite self-explanatory, however let’s make it clear once and for all. Chocolatier is a confectioner; someone who manufactures confectionary using couverture (ready chocolate). Pralines, bon-bons, that Easter bunny you secretly nicked off little Jimmy…. Yeah, you get the idea. So how do you pursue a career in chocolate business? The answer is simple and logical – graduate from (at least!) four faculties. I believe art studies, agriculture, perhaps biochemistry, and ingineering, will be highly relevant. I’m not even a joking at this point. It’s science.   When we are more enlightened than Kant, Voltaire and the Chernobyl power plant altogether, we can start looking for a confectionery career opportunities. Of course when you are as old as me, and are trying to ditch corporate lifestyle ,you will be wanting a shortcut. This is when on- and offline courses come handy. The choice is wide. just choose your location. if you speak English which I’m assuming you do, you’re good to go. Check out International Cullinary Center if you’re...
Chocolate tea-the ultimate recipe

Chocolate tea-the ultimate recipe

We should be facing warm spring days right now, but it seems something went wrong.As a direct result of the low temperatures, I prefer to sip hot, rich drinks. The first idea anyone could have, would be naturally a cup of green tea or delicious coffee.  This spring I decided to bet on tea however in a very new  version. Chocolate tea – perfect drink to warm up from the inside out This drink not only will leave pleasant warmth inside of you but thanks to theobromine contained in cocoa will boost up your energy levels to get you going through another cold day. Chocolate tea is not only a feast for the senses. Well balanced components ensure a lot of minerals and antioxidants are delivered right to your body. It seems that the idea of chocolate tea evolved from cascara. Cascara (or coffee cherry tea) is a tea made from the fruit of the coffee tree (coffee made with tea?! whoah my mind is blown away!). And more specifically with the skins of  a coffee cherry (cascara in spanish means “peel”,”husk” or “skin”). The skins after being removed, are sun dried and then are ready to turn into a tea. The original chocolate tea is made with cocoa shells with  spices. Given that raw cocoa shells are pretty hard to get, I decided to make my own version based on more commonly available cocoa  nibs. Ingredients for a teapot (4 cups): black tea (I suggest  Earl Grey due to the oil of bergamot which will flavour nicely the brew) 2 cups hot water  2-3  tbsp cocoa nibs or dark chocolate 1 tablespoon cocoa powder cinnamon cardamom...
Dechox – a few words about detox from chocolate

Dechox – a few words about detox from chocolate

During my recent research of the virtual world, I came across quite a specific campaign (pro).  Dechox or chocolate detox is a campaign designed by the British Health Foundation. As we can read on the project website, “dechox is a challenge, on which more than 16000 people in Britain in March decided to stop eating chocolate, supporting the research of heart disease”. But really is dechox or chocolate detox necessary? According to the initiators of the action chocolate has catastrophic affects the human body (see page with the popular myths about the chocolate). Let me present you just a handful of the popular beliefs.   According to the British Health Foundation the idea that dark chocolate is healthier than milk or white is nothnig more than a myth. I would like to hereby remind ya’ll that dark chocolate may be the most valuable component of both bulking and slimming diet (sic!) due to the beneficial ingredients in cocoa, which help keep insulin levels in check, as well as a number of micro-and macronutrients which have a beneficial effect on the human body. Another random myth  that is quoted on the website refers to the consumption of chocolate by diabetics. The authors of the campaign say that “If you have diabetes then you should be able to consume moderate amounts of chocolate. There is no need replace the usual chocolate products with products for diabetics.” And what is the reason for abandoning that idea? On the  very page we read: “products for diabetics are richer in fat and may nevertheless cause an increase in blood sugar levels.”     Superb! I  do understand that...
Chocolate as a part of a sports diet

Chocolate as a part of a sports diet

Recently I dispappeared form the internets.  It turns out that livin la vida offline can be so absorbing that I’m not always able to collect thoughts and write down a couple of sentences.  Since gym is one of the places on my map which I visit quite  often, obviously diet and nutrition play huge role in my life. Not to be judged of  hypocrisy, I decided to take a deeper look at the chocolate and its part in a diet. Is chocolate diet or diet chocolate an oxymoron? These days everyone has to fit. Fit ain’t no myth. You know who  who eats chocolate these days? Those lil lazy fatties. Do you want to be one of those? I bet your a*se you do not. So no chocky for you, right? But is that really so…? So let’s start up with a really boring part -let’s look into what diet really is. So what is so different  about fitness gurus diet plans , can average couch potatoes apply some basics and turn their physiques virtually overnight into the ones that resemble crossfit champions? Well, in short, the difference is  lies mainly in the recommended supply of macronutrients. In the diet of an athlete by far the biggest role play proteins. Depending on the training objectives (reduction or mass gain), a person who is physically active should consume between 1.7 and 3.3 g of protein per kg of body weight. Chocolate is mainly carbs and fat …. So is it possibile to fit  chocolate into the lives of the fit? Whether chocolate truly makes you fat I discussed separately. Hardly anyone is a cyborg and hence almost everyone is...
Can chocolate mend a broken heart?

Can chocolate mend a broken heart?

I was away for a while. I admit it. Renovation has taken over my life and my home. By some strange coincidence one meter of dust lying around my house did not help my writing ability (or willingness)  Those of you who follow  my Instagram (choca_loca_offical, ) could probably figure out that the last photos significantly deviate from the main- chocolate- theme. This is also to do with the fact hat I was deprived of my workplace , and chocolate tempering machine still does not work. In one word: armageddon. So being caught in the middle of this crisis I’m just sitting around hiding from the builders and wondering on some random stuff. Like the subject I wanted to address today So can chocolate mend a broken heart? The term “comfort food” is probably  familiar to all gluttons . In the consolation of all kinds of sorrows, many of us happen to be reaching for chocolate but why? Why don’t we find relief in horseradish or kale? Why in the state of lowered mood we’re after chocolate? Imagine a situation. Your BFF calls you and sobs on the phone “A guy dumped me today! I have a broken heart. Please meet me and comofort me  – some cauliflower or broccoli might come handy right now” It may seem that healing of  a soul can executed by one simple trick, all so hated by the nutritionists all over the globe. I am referring of course to  the mixture of sugar and fat.  However, these two components should be treatesd In order to understand the phenomenon of chocolate we  have to go back to its history. Yaawn I hated history when I was...