Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Have I Been Up To?

Today was the first day in the last month or so where I have had a chance to sit down, do some admin work and breathe. It's been almost a month since I last posted on the blog and it's been a whirlwind couple of weeks!

So what have I been up to? Designing cakes, teaching classes, preparing my online tutorials and going back to school.

Yes, I've decided to go back to school... pastry school that is. My good cakey friend Lilia and I have been thinking about this for awhile and recently we finally got around to making it happen. We're supposed to specialise in patisserie but the first semester of classes focus on proper kitchen etiquette, food handling and basic cooking skills. What does this all mean? Well, our days consist of prepping food, deep frying, precision cuts, boiling and cutting up chicken and filleting fish. Not really what you'd expect from a patisserie class but it's fun none the less. Occasionally during our practical sessions, Lilia and I would look at each other and just burst out laughing... we would never have imagined ourselves, being cake decorators, having to pull skin off a fish or measure our carrots to ensure we have cut them right. No joke, I actually used a ruler to check my precision cuts were accurate!

My practise precision cuts for a test we were having.

Together with attending classes I've also been teaching back to back classes... business sessions, round cakes, 2 tier cakes, square cakes and cupcakes. It's been so lovely to meet so many new and returning students, and just look at some of their amazing work...





And at at every spare moment of sunlight, I try and squeeze in the photography of my online tutorials. I've got lots of ideas sketched up and here are some of them, ready to go. Feel free to recommend topics you'd like to see :)

 Little boy in pool...

 Yes, I do weigh everything :)

 Large bling feature flower.

Greedy little piggy!

5 comments:

Ladybird said...

My, what lovely carrots you have there! Good on you for heading back to school - looking forward to hearing more about it soon ;)

Lena @ Miss Lucky Piggy said...

Geez my practice cake looks nice, huh? hehehe... I got lots of positive comment for it, makes me eager and more confident. Thanks to you! Online tutorial: I like the large flower with bling and the piggy :-) Maybe you can also make tutorial for wedding figurines? Look forward to see them on your online store, hopefully soon!

NuNuZa said...

I was wondering where u were and had assumed it was the teaching!!

U must be moving like a machine because this post sounds crazy (the work load sounds manic) but at the same time bearable and fun!!

Miss your posts! Well done on going back to school and on your own classes going so well! If I didn't live in South Africa Id probably be attending your classes :)

Phuoc'n Delicious said...

It's funny.. I was talking to a friend who wanted to quit her job to do a pastry class the other day. She sent me an outline of the course and I also noticed that she'll be taught basic kitchen techniqes that are not related to pastry at all. So odd, but I guess it's part of the larning process.

Good luck with the classes!

Hilary Cam said...

I love the bling flower! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G detail!

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