Archive for August, 2013

Rhubarb and blackberry crumble soufflé

August 30, 2013



I watch a lot of reality TV. My family and friends like to call it trash TV and okay, some of it is quite trashy. I’m a sucker for Bridezillas and Geordie Shore (the trashiest I can think of, right now) but I also really like the more sophisticated things. Cooking reality shows are really addictive to me. I like cooking shows where chefs like Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal or Jamie Oliver show us what they’ve got – but I also really like the Gordon Ramsay shows like Kitchen Nightmares. Yeah. Don’t even look at me like that, we all have our guilty pleasures – except I don’t feel guilty about watching these shows at all.

A good and sophisticated reality cooking show I love is Masterchef. The Australian version, that is. While I like the concept of the British show, and think the whole format is entertaining, I’m more into the American and Australian formats. Except that the Australian version, to me, is a gazillion times better. None of those dramatic, fast paced close ups and personal petty problems between the contestants that the American version brings. Plus there’s an episode every day, and people get eliminated a lot slower. Plus, those judges. What can I say? I love those guys.

Anyway – this was not meant to be some sort of essay on Why Aline Loves Reality TV, nor was it some sort of ad campaign for Masterchef Australia (though I think you should all be watching it!) But instead this is a post about a rhubarb and blackberry crumble soufflé. And, the reason for that introduction, it’s recipe that I saw on Masterchef Australia. Gary Mehigan made this during a Masterclass and it looked so amazing that I had to try it myself.



Chocolate chip (oatmeal) cookies

August 23, 2013






I know. I know, it’s been a while. A really long while. I don’t even have an excuse – except that it was kind of hectic with school there in June (I passed, by the way, I now have a bakery and chocolatier degree. Awesome.) Then in July I went to Sweden with my best buddy Jess (the Swede). We went to Stockholm, and we went camping and it was so extremely gorgeous. Before I knew it August was there, and Jess and I went to the UK (London, Oxford and Bath – magnificent) and afterwards she stayed in Belgium with me for another week of awesome times with our friends. And just why does time keep going by so fast? I swear it was January just yesterday and now eight months have gone by? Yikes.

Anyway – the point of this post is cookies. Amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I found the recipe down at Handle The Heat (recipe: here) – I followed the recipe step-by-step (except I might have added a little bit more cinnamon because cinnamon. Also used milk chocolate chips instead of dark because we were out. Seriously. How can you be out of dark chocolate?)

My love for oatmeal cookies started in the Camden lock food market last year. The cutest girl sold me some homemade chocolate oatmeal cookies and I’ve been in love ever since. These cookies came damn close to the awesomeness I tasted that day – they were chewy, they were sweet, had an awesome cinnamon flavor and yum that chocolate.