chocolate

Lindt & Le Creuset

My mom and I got to attend the Lindt and Le Creuset “perfect pairing” demonstration at Silwood kitchen this week. I studied there last year and will take any opportunity to be back there.

These are two of our most favorite things. I am a cotton, chiffon pink, soleil and cool mint lover, while my mom prefers classic cherry red and carribean blue. On the lindt side, I am a firm believer in 85% lindt, as well as a good ‘ol faithful red lindor ball. My mom on the other hand loves the white chocolate lindor balls with a great passion.

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These were added into our goodie bags, The lime flavor is new and Im excited to try it, I do prefer the flavored chocolates with little pieces in them, like the “Touch of sea salt”

We also recieved recipe cards with the recipes demonstrated to us. All the recipes are specially designed to use a 100g Lindt bar and are portioned out to fit perfectly in certain Le Creuset items (a perfect excuse to expand your collection)

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I even got to see my friend, Fudge at Silwood. He was friendly and as handsome as ever.

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We had a glorious tea break where we were served “The Grasshopper” a mint infused hot chocolate, along with various treats provided by Silwood as well as some chocolates.

I had a salted caramel cheesecake, and a beautiful little vanilla tea cake.

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We were shown how to make this chocolate tart as well as a chocolate fondant, and the mint hot chocolate.

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We all got beautiful golden boxes as well as a goodie bag to take home with us

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The morning ended off with us being served an incredible chocolate fondant, served with a white chocolate lindor ball in the centre. It was a liquid chocolate delight.

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We each received a mini fluted pie dish with our own chocolate tart inside the golden gift boxes. Mine was a gorgeous Soleil yellow dish, and my mom received an elegant white Cotton on.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the morning and I would highly recommend signing up for the Le Creuset newsletter to hear about these incredible customer events.

Love Q

Taste of Cape Town

This post is late. One, because I have been putting it off for too long, I couldn’t quite decide on how to write it as some of the parts were positive and others negative. I don’t really think Ive ever done a negative review, and I wasn’t sure how to review something negatively without the post sounding too harsh. Ive just decided to be my honest self and see how it goes.

The second reason for this post being so late is that Ive been sick with flu for a week now, being high as a kite on flu meds didn’t inspire me to do much blogging.

So here we go, my honest review of the Taste of Cape Town. IMG_7697 The attention to detail was beautiful, I unfortunately couldn’t photograph it all as it was very crowded. IMG_7706 This is the food stall of a well-known and slightly over-priced bakery in Cape Town. I was incredibly disappointed with their items, more on this later. IMG_7711 Brownie cheesecake ice lolly, who thinks of these wonderful concoctions, I loved this variety, something different from the usual. IMG_7716 IMG_7717 IMG_7720 IMG_7722These were amazing, spinach and mushroom dumplings with sweet chilli sauce, I had some, my sister had some and then I even went back to get some more of them, they were THAT good.
IMG_7724 mushroom and parmesan Gnocchi, also amazing. They used exotic and wild mushrooms which added more flavour and texture to the overall dish.  IMG_7732  now, onto the disappointing bits, I bought a Guinness and brown sugar cupcake, two cake pops, and a white chocolate and blueberry tart. Firstly the cupcake was tasteless and very dry, then the cake pops were oily inside and quite inedible, they also were a bit oddly shaped, and not all the same size? That may sound like Im being overly fussy, but for the price and reputation this bakery has, I was a little disheartened but it. IMG_7733 IMG_7739  Then for the worst of it, the blueberry tart, the pastry shell had clearly been patched up in places along the bottom and sides, and it was millimeters thin in some places and then incredibly thick and undercooked in other places. The white chocolate filling was ok, however, I could have done with more blueberry, and not just a tiny sauce swirl on the top. Perhaps fresh blueberries inside the filling? IMG_7741 To end off on a more positive note, this is a gluten free, salted chocolate bar from Yummi bakery. I could do with another one (or two) right now, they were delicious.

I will go again next year, as I did love the experience as a whole, It did end up being quite expensive, as you purchase food tickets, and that leads you to forgetting how much you are actually spending there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post,

Love Quartz

The Spice Route – Cape Town

Here are some photo’s I took during a day spent at The Spice Route, it was really really hot the day we went but all the places are either in shady spots, or they have aircon. This is a wonderful place for the entire family as it really and truly caters for everyone, there’s a play park for children and the entire place is wheel-chair friendly. IMG_7004  There’s loads to do to keep you busy all day long. IMG_7006  These tiles are hand-painted and so gorgeous up close. IMG_7013 IMG_7016  We decided to do the chocolate tasting, it’s all dark, vegan friendly chocolate. Its well worth the money and such an experience, the chocolate is some of the best I’ve tasted, this is a must, even for those who aren’t so keen on dark chocolates.IMG_7018 IMG_7030 IMG_7036 IMG_7059 IMG_7065 IMG_7069 and finally, Marrick and I after a long, and very hot day. Despite the heat it really was a lovely day.

Here is their website for more information: http://www.spiceroute.co.za/

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, Love Quartz x