the real deal, chocolate covered orange

chocolate covered candied orange rind

Make these & make them in bulk.

Do it. Do it now.

Seriously, if you ever had the slightest interest in the combination of chocolate & orange, you’re not going to get better than this. Get yourself some good quality chocolate though, like Valrhona or something, & some big, juicy, sweet organic oranges. Maybe even your sugar is organic, who knows. Just, it’s amazing.

It’s this amazing combination of the chewy, tangy, fresh orange rind which is wonderfully complimented by that creamy, bitter dark chocolate taste & just a hint of vanilla at the end.

Not going to lie, I’ve eaten about 20 of them already. I’ve even reserved some of the un-dipped rinds (the sans chocolate ones) which I’ll chop up & put into something else, like a cake or something.

The rest? Well, I’m going to have to force myself to wrap them up & give them away as gifts for Christmas otherwise I’ll end up consuming the lot!

It’s dangerous being me.

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the birthday cake

I have this friend.

Actually, soulmate would be more accurate.

She’s the kind of girl that when you’re around her, you can’t stop smiling or laughing. The kind of laughter that makes your ribs hurt.

I’d go as far as to say she’s amazing.

Not every one understands her sense of humor, and like she loves to tell me time & time again, she’s just not funny in Greek.

But to me, even when I want to cry she makes me laugh.

From the first time I met her, we were in love. Platonic, but love none the less. She’s me, or I’m her, just switch out the hair colour.

Same star sign, same age, same hight, same background. I’m telling you, it was meant to be.

For her, I’d do anything & everything. Including claiming the making of every single birthday cake her beautiful little boy will ever have. He’s gorgeous, what a heart breaker that kid is going to be, and he looks more & more like his mama every day.

I love you beautiful girl.

…… & look at your handsome men xxx

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red rice & quinoa salad

So I’m sitting here & licking my wounds, metaphorically speaking of course. I always joke that most people have no idea how to drive in the rain, especially in countries where it rarely rains. I have always found this tremendously funny… until today of course.

The day started off all well & good with a very full day in the kitchen, bar the sink full of dirty dishes left over by one of the other chefs. I wasn’t to appreciative of this but 15 minutes spent over the sink with hot water & plenty of suds took care of that pretty quickly. 54 vanilla cupcakes, 54 chocolate cupcakes, 44 red velvet cupcakes, 15 double chocolate chip cookies & over 300 mini cupcake tasters. It wasn’t a 10 hour day again, but it was exhausting.

I was a little nervous to begin the day after Lefteris & I had a talk, he’d told me how I’d been a bit afloat the previous days & it seemed as though I wasn’t really focused. Needless to say I panicked & stepped up my game. Of course I’d warned the owners of the bakery that I’m prone to making mistakes but I tend to get into the swing of things pretty quickly. It was a nice change of pace & I got completely lost in my own world. Singing along out of tune to all my favorite songs on my custom play list & getting completely covered in flour & cacao. My dream job. Really. Is it bad to tell people that you love your job? Any way, I love it & I wont apologize for that, in fact, I insist that everyone also be as happy for me as I am.
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orange, carrot & ginger soup

I know it’s hard to believe, but we still have one recipe left to share from last Sundays dinner party. Or is it Sunday before last now? Whichever, you know what I mean. Point is there is one more to go & then we’ll be moving on to different things.

(our beautifully set dinner table, thank you to the hostess for making it look so lovely for all the delicious food)

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed a lot of recurring flavors in the last few dishes, by no means are we running short of ideas or imagination, but the theme of the dinner party was supposed to be summary & light. We’ll move on to different flavors once we get this last one seen & recognized.

Todays little surprise is a cold summer soup consisting of amazing ginger, orange & carrots. I’m not sure if it could be considered an amuse-bouche, but we served it up in shot glasses between courses as a little pallet cleanser. I must say, my bouche found it very amusing & it brought a smile to my lips.
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marinated & grilled pork chops

Before you read the rest, keep in mind that I’m still the same happy smiley, annoying person I’ve always been, I’m just in a bit of a funk is all.

I’m having a hard time finding motivation today. It happens from time to time. I think my issue at the moment is the pictures I’ve been including. The recipes are all delicious & I don’t doubt their quality what-so-ever, but the pictures just aren’t doing them justice.

This blog was supposed to be 60% recipes & 40% pictures, but there is no art in my recent images. I’m not sure if it’s the lighting, the lack of planning in the set up, or just no skill on my end… but something has to change.

Don’t worry, I know I sound a bit down, I’ll work on changing that though. It’s not that I’m down, just a tad disappointed. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and to be honest, I refuse to deny you this next recipe because I absolutely love things cooked on the grill… & this marination is TOP!


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