Suzi's Blog

Strawberry Fool with Cardamom and Coconut Chocolate Ganache

A fool is an English dessert of distinction. There is no entomological agreement about how “fool” came to mean dessert. Originally, in the late 1500’s, the dessert was specifically a sweet custard into which one folded pureed stewed fruit, in particular gooseberries, which actually need some cooking to be enjoyable. Over time, other fruits have…

Read More »

Strawberry Lemonade [and other goodies] Using Strawberry Puree

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. Red, white, and blue day. Red is for strawberries, to be consumed in cake, pie, and beverages aplenty. This post is really about two things: the lemonade pictured above and puree, which has multiple uses over and above mere lemonade. Once the puree is prepared, then you options are…

Read More »

Red Berry and Tomato Gazpacho with Yellow Tomato Sorbet and Tomato Chips

  This is Suzen’s and my first attempt at making a plated dessert from Payard Desserts by Francois Payard with Tish Boyle. It’s a sweet success, visually and to the palate. What is a plated dessert? It’s one of those complicated, multi-part desserts that you get at a restaurant but could never make for yourself…

Read More »

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

m4s0n501 Ordinarily, I want my cake made with butter and not oil. It’s a personal preference matter. I just find oil-based cakes to be less attractive in terms of taste and texture. Except for olive oil cakes. Somehow a good olive oil seems to shine in creating a very special density and texture that I…

Read More »