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Chocolate and Flowers … The perfect match?

Filed in Blog, News, recipe by on 18th September 2017 0 Comments • views: 941

 

 

We have had an absolutely crazy week – we started off on Monday with a lovely Chocolate and Wine pairing event with the lovely Sam from Chester Beer and Wine. We love collaborating with Sam and are planning a few more pairings … watch this space!

 

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On Thursday, we went to the launch party of the Good Taste Magazine – what a lovely evening and what a brilliant Magazine – perfect for any foodie. We wish Jade and her team all the very best with the Magazine.

On Saturday we were so very happy to be part of the Ness Gardens Garden Party – celebrating 70 years of Gardeners Question Time. As you may be able to tell from our logo, flowers and gardening are a big hobby of ours. So, imagine being asked to be part of this fabulous event!!

 

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For our demo we chose to combine chocolate and flowers. The flowers were from Mrs B’s edible flowers in St Helens. We first spotted Lisa’s flowers on the Low Down Liverpool and got rather excited about trying to match chocolate and flowers together. Lisa is so very passionate about her flowers and the care and attention she gives to these flowers is visible all around her flower farm. We had a lovely time discussing flavours and ideas and came up with a selection of truffles.

Thank you to all who came to watch our demo and as promised – here is the recipe:

 

Ingredients

– 40g rosehips – topped, tailed and chopped

– 120ml of double cream

– 150g milk chocolate

– rose petals to decorate

 

We chose to use Mrs B’s Rosehips, however if this is not feasible for you and you are planning to gather your own, please be careful. Ensure that they have not been sprayed with any nasty chemicals and also ensure that they are not picked from a busy roadside where there is a lot of traffic.

Look for plump, firm rosehips – make sure they haven’t dried up.

Method:

  1. Heat the rosehips and the cream together until scalding hot
  2. Leave the mixture for at least 6 hours in a fridge (ideally overnight)
  3. Warm up the rosehip infusion and then strain off all of the rosehips – so that you are left with orange looking cream
  4. Leave to cool
  5. Melt the chocolate
  6. Add to the infused cream mixture and slowly tease the cream into the mixture
  7. Pour the ganache into a tray and leave to cool overnight
  8. Chop into bitsize squares and decorate with rose petals – using a little bit of molten chocolate to stick the rose petals on.
  9. Enjoy!!

 

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Baltic Market

Filed in Blog, Event Details, News by on 3rd July 2017 0 Comments • views: 1052

We were really excited to be part of the farmers market at the Baltic Market yesterday.

We registered our interest as soon as we heard that a market was going to be running there – just by the old Cains Brewery.

For years we have thought that Liverpool was crying out for a local market run by local people full of local producers – and at last a decent one has arrived.

The people behind this market, David and Olly have spent a number of years working with small local independent businesses and understand the need for unity and collaboration.

The atmosphere at the market was fabulous, our neighbouring stall holders were delightful, helpful and friendly, the produce was locally made and of top notch quality – we loved being part of this and are looking forward to the first Sunday of every month where we can take our chocolates along.

Of course, there were teething problems – we ran out of stock, the market was packed and people had to queue to get in … but Hey! Give the guys a break!! These are really the right kind of teething troubles to have and in due course will be ironed out.

We are also really looking forward to the Flea market and the makers markets planned on the other Sundays.

Thank you Baltic Market for including us in this fabulous community.

 

 

Chocolate and Wine Tasting

Filed in Blog, Event Details, News, Tastings by on 10th May 2017 0 Comments • views: 980

We’re really excited to be collaborating with Chester Beer and Wine – a fabulous local Beer and Wine shop. If you haven’t visited them yet do pop in and have a look at their amazing selection of wines! (And beer… but we’re not really beer drinkers at The Chocolate Cellar!)

We will be with them at the Doubletree by Hilton on Wednesday 17th May with a few tasters of chocolate.

On the 20th of July we will be at the Chester Beer and Wine Shop in Hoole and we will be co-hosting a guided chocolate and wine tasting. The chocolates and wine have been carefully matched to provide you with a delicious taste sensation and we hope you will agree with our delightful selections.

Tickets are available for both events from the Chester Beer and Wine website: Chester Beer and Wine Tastings

Spring Break!

Filed in Blog, Event Details, workshops by on 19th April 2017 0 Comments • views: 981

So – our pledge of writing a regular blog sort of faded into the background as we crazily made chocolate for Mothers’ Day and Easter.

We hope you managed to follow us on Instagram as we absolutely loved taking part in  the #MarchMeetTheMaker Challenge – this was set by Joanne Hawker and many of our Mersey Etsy Team members participated in this.

We hope it gave you an insight how tiny little micro businesses like ours work. We certainly enjoyed seeing pictures of our creative friends and their creativity.

We also had lots of fun in the local press and media chatting about all things chocolatey in the run up to Easter.

We have lots to chat about and our next blog will be all about reviews.

In the meantime – our next workshop is on 25th June at Claremont Farm –  just 3 places left on this one so please call us if you would like to book.

May weekends are fully booked with Hen parties but we do have availabilty in June and July for hen parties and school workshops – please get in touch to book.

Do we really need these reminders?

Filed in Blog by on 19th February 2017 0 Comments • views: 1078

This week has seen us being inundated with love and kindness.

It has been Galentine’s Day, Valentines Day and Random Acts of kindness Day – all between Monday and Friday. What a week!!

It is sad that we have to have days to remember to have fun with our female friends, to say “I love you” to our loved ones or to be kind to other people.

Of course, we don’t all need a reminder or a specific day – quite often we do all of these things without thinking about them. We give love without it having to be disguised as flowers or chocolate or being gift wrapped.

We are kind to people without having to be told today is the day for kindness.

At The Chocolate Cellar we like to think of these days as not specifically being reminders but actually celebrations and markers of the lovely people in our lives and of the goodness and kindness around us.

So we hope you have had a good celebratory week.

With friendship, love and kindness – The Chocolate Cellar Team 🙂

 

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Chocolate Week is here! views: 192

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