Its everywhere we turn and here today I have had a taste.
Some of the creations from my students and I am so proud of them!! Its very interesting the way children inspire each other and each class ended with a definite theme.Trying to keep each child on their own course is a challenge as they eat up the ideas around them!!
My other little piece of inspired creativity today is the infamous desert that took centre stage in the final of Junior Masterchef the other night.I must admit to not being a loyal fan of any of these shows (unlike my friend who can rattle off each contestants dna and finest moment without hesitation),but I was thoroughly taken with the genuine joy,appreciation and talent of the final group and sobbed with the rest of the country the other night as the last two (aged twelve and thirteen) battled it out.Luckily for us,the desert chef,or shall we say artist,is local and today,while in the area ,it occurred to us to see if "Pear Perfection" was as breathtaking in reality as it was on the screen.If you want one RUN because the sales person told us they are for this week only.
We only bought one as we suspected correctly that a taste is all you need.The boys salivated like paparazzi as I sliced it ever so carefully to inspect the inside as they had done on the show.No mean feat let me tell you.I think halves is all it can bear-quarters were a challenge!
Choux pastry,marzipan,chocolate,praline,jelly and custard.Visually impressive. Taste not so sure- but admittedly ours had been in the fridge for some time before we broke in to it so I'd say we made the job alot harder.In terms of design though this man has it nailed.We actually treated ourselves to another treat while in there today called " Berry Berrylicious" .Extraordinary but I have no idea how anyone could eat a whole one.I say that as the owner of a notoriously sweet tooth courtesy of my grandmother.
Of course if you are thinking of these creations as a meal you are missing the point.
There was sponge,coulis,white chocolate,toffee,mousse and a dusting of something on the sides which I cannot give a name too.It was shaped like a snail (or perhaps half a wheel) and devastatingly gorgeous.
Pencil in hand,dreaming up the shapes and colours then adding the flavours and textures to best give flight to his fancy.Its how I would begin.Perhaps he creates them through play in the kitchen-I don't know.I find the finished product fascinating.Art.