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Ruby chocolate here we go!

Ruby chocolate baci

Touted as the 4th chocolate type in the world, Ruby Chocolate has been gaining momentum and now we have this: a limited edition of Baci that tastes as pretty as it looks. I learned about Ruby choco only recently (and have been trying to find bars or callets to use in baking), but it’s still not available in amounts for non-professionals.

Kit Kat Ruby Chocolate

The ever-so-slightly sour but fruity flavor should appeal to those who don’t care for the sickly sweetness of white chocolate. Personally, I will always be a fan of dark chocolate, but if Baci and KitKat can make a go of it, I imagine others will be jumping in on the Ruby craze.

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The Great Christmas Bake Off

Bake-off 2017

I know that sounds downright ambitious of me but given the 4.1 kilos of Belgian chocolate from an Amazon order, I am ready to fire up the oven. During the holidays it is always a mad rush for getting cookies, cakes and those wonderful treats out on time, but this year will be less chaotic because 1) I’m not making a lot of different cookies, I’m just baking more of what we like best and 2) I’m going to cheat. How, you might ask? Well for starters, no gingerbread house from scratch. I picked up the house kit from IKEA and while it’s a small one, I’ll take small over having to mess with templates and all that goes with decorating the end product.

Today was predicted to be a snow day but it turned into a mix of flurries, sunshine, and passing clouds. Nighttime temps have dropped down to 0°C, the wood-burning stove is almost always lit, and so far it doesn’t look like any snowstorm is heading our way. What do you think Mister B? Poor guy. He’s having his teeth cleaned tomorrow and I’m going to be hearing a stream of annoyed huffs in the morning since he mustn’t eat anything before being put under.

First snow day of December

11th edition of Slow Food Cheese: the coolest ever

French cheese display

Cheese: pungent, spicy, sweet, hard, soft, creamy, fresh, aged, and the list goes on and on. Like every single edition in previous years, the Slow Food Cheese fair this past weekend was an enormous success, attracting visitors in the hundreds of thousands. The layout was pretty much the same as 2015 with a few new additions: an area for food trucks and beer stands, and a gelato stand that had this amaaaazing toasted corn flavor.

We went on Friday, opening day, just before lunch. In my opinion it is the best day to go if you want to have a look around, nibble, taste, and stock up without feeling as if the hoards have already been there before you. The pressing crowds have yet to arrive (the shuttle bus to and from was practically empty on our ride) and the whole town of Bra has a nice, clean feel to it. A big plus was the weather which was much cooler in comparison to past events.

Slow Food cheese stash

Firm, semi-firm: Keen’s cheddar and Stichelton (UK), Montébore and Macagn (Italy). New to us is the Stichelton, which is similiar to Stilton but uses raw cow’s milk instead.

Slow Food cheese stash

Soft, semi-soft and downright oozing: Anneau des Gors and Figuettine (France), Tartucrem (Italy), Capri Algas (Spain). With the exception of the Tartucrem (truffles and soft gorgonzola) the remaining 3 goat cheeses are already half gone. Capri Algas has flecks of seaweed in it, and hidden within the Figuettine is a candied fig!

Figuettine
Figuettine

Caprí Algas Bahía de Cádiz
Caprí Algas Bahía de Cádiz: oozy goat’s milk cheese with seaweed.

Anyone who went to/blogged Slow Food Cheese 2017 is welcome to add a link to their post in the comments!