Welcome to The Melting Pot's newsletter, read on for information on chocolate making
workshops, forthcoming chocolate events and interesting choccie facts......
the melting pot
chocolate making workshops for all
it's December already!
A huge thank you to everyone who has
supported me and taken part in a workshop
this year - I have been overwhelmed at the Dates for your diary:
response to my new venture. I hope you
have all thoroughly enjoyed making and Your very last chance to come
eating your chocolates as much as I have to a workshop in 2009 and
enjoyed meeting you all. There are lots of
make some choccies for
activities planned for the New Year - I will
explain more in the next edition so look out yourself or as lovely pressies:
for January's newsletter. If you are
thinking of buying or making some lovely chocolate as Tues 15th Dec: 6.30 - 9pm
presents - read on....
Tues 22nd Dec: 10.30 - 1pm
the best bar?
Here's something to help guide you through the terminology:
£40 per person
Cocoa solids: This refers to total amount of cocoa solids
and cocoa butter combined (the remainder is sugar, lecithin Email or call me on 07966
and vanilla). 365515 to book your place or
Plantation: comes exclusively from one plantation (just a
Single-estate: such as Chuao (a costal region north or www.makechocolates.co.uk
Caracas) which is a region of Venezuela. for more info
Country of Origin: comes from anywhere in the named
Bean to Bar: still fairly rare - the producer of the chocolate FOR WOMEN ONLY!
owns the cocoa plantations and makes the chocolate from
fitness and weight management for
Some of the Best Bars:
women in Hitchin & Stevenage
Thorntons Ecuador 40% If you are worried about the
Green & Black's 34% excesses of Christmas or would just
Valrhona Jivara Lait 40% like to get trim for that LBD - here's
an offer that might be of interest.
Hotel Chocolate The Purist Milk Click here for information or visit
St Lucia 62% www.curveshitchin.co.uk
The Chocolate Society's Good www.curvesstevenage.co.uk
Valrhona Grand Cru no 1 Manjari Enjoy a guilt-free chocolate
64% treat after a session at Curves!
chocolate truffles workshops
chocolate truffles for professional women
Three fantastic professional
(as appeared in The Observer coaches have teamed up to form
by Paul A Young) Turning Leaf and are offering a
new series of workshops aimed at
women wishing to 'raise their game'
250g dark chocolate professionally. For more infomation
250g double cream on their next workshop in Feb
100g light muscovado sugar 2010 click here.
Having worked with two of the
First break the chocolate into small even sized pieces and coaches in previous employment - I
place in a bowl. Place the cream and sugar in a small would not hesitate to recommend
saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for one minute. their services. Aim to make a
Turn off the heat and allow the cream to cool for one difference in the new decade!
minute. (If you pour boiling cream onto your chocolate, it
will cause the chocolate to separate and result in a split
Pour the rested cream/sugar onto the chocolate pieces and
mix well until smooth and very glossy. Allow to cool at room
temperature, then place in the fridge, covered, for at least Out and about
two hours or until fully set.
To roll, remove from the fridge and use a teaspoon to scoop I am looking forward to hearing
even sized pieces and place them on parchment paper. Angus Thirlwell, Chief Executive
Powder your hands with cocoa powder and roll the ganache and Co-founder of British cocoa
into even sized spheres. (Take care not to handle for too grower and luxury chocolatier,
long or the ganache will begin to melt). Store in an airtight Hotel Chocolat, describe the way
container in the fridge and eat within 3 - 4 days. Enjoy! he has successfully embedded
Engaged Ethics as a core value
of his business at a presentation
pick up some perfect pressies
at the University of Herts on 2nd
Don't forget to come and see me at the forthcoming Dutch
Style Open House and Garden with Alice and friends.
Angus will also share his vision
There will be lots of new and exciting items for sale this year
of ‘barefoot luxury’ as he invites
including floral arrangements, home accessories, designer
customers to stay in the ‘real’
clothes, handbags, jewellery and ironware. Available from
Hotel Chocolat on the Caribbean
The Melting Pot
cocoa estate in St Lucia.
stocking fillers, teachers
gifts, tree presents,
I do feel a bit of a research trip
and much more!
Thank you to St Francis
7, 9 & 11 Dec @ 8pm School and in particular Prep
IV, who recently interviewed me
15 Sollershott East, about my job for a school
Letchworth Garden project. I had a fantastic
City morning and was asked some
brilliant and thought
provoking questions by the
Just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a girls.
happy and prosperous New Year - I look forward to seeing Much kinder than Paxman or
you in 2010. Humphries!
Dawn x Where ever you manage to go
out and about this Christmas -
have a fantastic fun-filled time
and enjoy all that chocolate!
For more information please email me or visit www.makechocolates.co.uk