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Choux Buns with a Chocolate Sauce Recipe!

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for the Choux Buns you will need :

250ml cold water

110g/4oz butter,

1 tsp sugar

150g/5oz plain flour

4 eggs

Method :

cold water in a medium-sized saucepan together with butter, cut into small pieces, then place the saucepan over a moderate heat stir with a wooden spoon. As soon as the butter has melted and the mixture comes up to the boil, turn off the heat tip the flour in – all in one go – with one hand, while you beat the mixture vigorously with the other.Beat until you have a smooth paste that has come away from the sides of the saucepan clean –
beat eggs well, then beat them into the mixture – a little at a time, mixing each addition in thoroughly before adding the next. pipe onto a lightly greased baking tray in a circle and cook in a pre heated oven gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C) – for 10 minutes. After that, increase the heat to gas mark 7,(220°C), and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the buns are crisp, light and a rich golden colour.

for the filling mix fresh cream with a teaspoon of icing sugar and pipe a little into the buns by making a small hole from the bottom.

For the chocolate Sauce :

500ml milk
150g caster sugar
80g plain chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large egg yolks, beaten
3 tablespoons cornflour (optional)
3 tablespoons water

saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir to melt the chocolate completely, and allow to gently simmer leave to cool then add eggs stirring continuously to stop curdling Place back over medium heat. Allow to thicken over medium heat, for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. 5.Only if the custard needs further thickening (it might not!), make a slurry with the cornflour and water, then slowly stir into the hot custard. Cook for a further 2 minutes over medium heat until thickened as desired.

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RUDENESS is there a need?

One thing I have already learned since I started my food journey is some people make things quite difficult. Ok because you dont like me for some reason or another and havent told me where ive gone wrong or why you wont talk to me its like anything you cannot please every one all of the time. I love cooking and want to gain as much experience and learn as much as possible from the top. certain people  think they are better than you and can i just say i dont think anyone is better than anyone else and experience has to be learnt from somewhere.

Once upon a time you probably were no better than I am now. I will make it as a chef i know i will i have some really fabulous people helping me but  not everyone is as helpful i went to one place thought i got on great to find out after that that they dont want to speak to me on any terms i think its rude and then wouldnt tell me why. rather unfair i think thats all for now

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more on the horsemeat Scandal!

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was visiting a well known restaurant chain today and this noticed was displayed i just thought id share. nothing like panicking people though lol

found this interesting 🙂

Noshable.

This week the Evening Standard approached me to see if I’d knock up a couple of horse meat burgers for review in the paper. Once a supplier was found the request quickly extended to include bison, camel, crocodile and zebra meats. I of course said yes – I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with eating ‘exotic’ meats per se – and on an extremely nippy Wednesday night journalist Nick Curtis and I settled in for a culinary romp through the animal kingdom and a nice bottle of red.

Before we get to the recipe there are a few things to consider:

  • The Standard article, although prompted by the Tesco horse meat burger scandal, is quite far removed from that argument. That was clearly an issue of broken trust and I’m not going to undermine it by prattling on about how horse meat is fine etc.
  • Horses are beautiful, useful…

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