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The spirit of a small business

Filed in Blog by on 3rd December 2018 0 Comments • views: 446

What an amazing weekend we’ve had!

 

Thank you for coming out and supporting the community of local small businesses. It was so fabulous to see so many gorgeous lovely friendly people at the Open Culture Winter Arts Market and then Baltic Market on Sunday.

 

And really – it’s not just about the sales…

–  it’s about the young lady whose birthday we helped celebrate years ago. She came along on Sunday as an adult and said how great and memorable it had been;

– it’s about the elderly couple who take the bus to come in and see how we are doing every year as they’ve supported the business since we began;

– it’s about the children’s gorgeous happy little faces as they discover good chocolate for the first time;

– it’s about the couple whose wedding shot glasses we did who come and reminisce about it at our stall! – it’s about the fellow stall holders who become good friends and we all look out for each other;

– it’s about the organisers who put so much hard work in to make each event extra special!

I could really go on for hours but I think you get it … your lovely loyalty and your beautiful stories really touch our hearts. Thank you every one of you… we truly appreciate your love and support for our business.

The spirit of Small Business Saturday was truly captured this weekend!

Lets keep it going throughout the year!

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#indieweek and #SmallBizSatUK

Filed in Blog, Hello by on 26th November 2018 0 Comments • views: 480

Last week we took part in an instagram challenge for #justacard. This was a campaign which highlighted the fact that every tiny purchase makes a difference to small businesses.

The title of the campaign was inspired by a quote from an independent gallery owner after the closure of their gallery.

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery  had bought just a card we’d still be open”

We are also involved with the Small Business Saturday campaign which urges all to support local independent businesses and every year chooses 100 small businesses to highlight in the run up to the day itself and is a huge celebration of all that small businesses do.

We’re looking forward to Saturday 1st December when we will be at the Winter Arts Market at Liverpool Cathedral … celebrating and showcasing with over 200 fellow businesses.

Each one has a story to tell and share, so please, over the next few weeks we’d encourage you to support local. By this, we don’t just mean spending money (that would be great though!) … we also mean taking time to listen to the business story, understanding a brand, sharing their story … either through social media or just word of mouth…. share their journey!

Your support, in any way, makes a massive difference.

 

Thank you

 

Chocolate Week is here!

Filed in Blog, Ingredients, recipe by on 17th October 2018 0 Comments • views: 482

National Chocolate Week is upon us again and we’re so happy to have a full week dedicated to the celebration of chocolate!

During one of our tastings this week we were asked what it’s all about – why chocolate week?

For us its always been about celebrating chocolate in its beautiful wondrous form and the way it is so very versatile… as an ingredient and as a delicious food all on its own.

We love playing with chocolate in our chocolate room and delight in coming up with new ways of using this amazing food  – Chocolate and goats cheese pizza, chocolate hummus, chocolate tapenade, roast chicken and chocolate, chocolate mole and of course traditional chocolate bars, chocolate truffles and pralines.

We hope you will enjoy chocolate week and try out something new with chocolate this week. Recipe for our chocolate and goats cheese pizza:

Ingredients:

Sour dough pizza base

Mozzarella

Tomato puree

Goats cheese

Dark intense chocolate (the stronger the better)

Any other toppings you fancy

Method:

Spread tomato puree on the base

Spread grated mozzarella on top

Top with chunks of dark chocolate and slices of goats cheese

Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg C for 10 minutes

Bon Appetit!

Heat and the effects on Chocolate

Filed in No Category by on 23rd May 2018 0 Comments • views: 739

So … today I should really be in the Chocolate Room making shot glasses for La Finca Elvissa, La Finca Bodega and Tapas Tapas.

Its a hot sunny day and as I am not yet in a temperature controlled industrial unit I am stuck! It is too warm to work with chocolate today. I do have a small air conditioning unit but it really is not enough to control the temperature on very warm days.

Chocolate needs to be heated and cooled and moved around in order to be tempered. Tempered, in lay terms, means that the crystals that are in the chocolate work together properly and will set beautifully. So when cooled the chocolate will shrink away from the mould. It will look nice and shiny and have a clear crisp snap.

On warm days it is tricky to cool it enough and sometimes this causes the chocolate to have a “bloom” or a cloudy look on it. This often makes it looks like the chocolate has gone off and many people I know would bin the chocolate! All that has happened is that the chocolate has lost its temper! So it is not as strong as it was and will be softe when eating it.It won’t be amazing but it is still chocolate and it does still taste lovely!

 

To learn more you can book on to our chocolate making workshops – the next one is 16th June!

 

So, instead of struggling to fight with temperatures, I will enjoy the weather, take time to tend to our herbs and enjoy the garden and possibly work the night shift!

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

 

Another thank you!

Filed in No Category by on 30th April 2018 0 Comments • views: 740

Once again I would like to thank everyone and anyone who has been kind enough to vote / nominate The Chocolate Cellar.

I was so happy to have been listed in Good Taste Magazine’s Power List: 100 women in Food and Drink.

It was amazing to see my name listed with many good friends in the Food Industry and many women that I admire and respect.

From the bottom of my heart … a very huge thank you for your wonderful and continued support.

 

Bala

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Children’s Parties views: 296

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Back to work! views: 263

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