honeycomb, flakiness and ‘au beurre’

. . Fresh and flakey on the outside, a slightly chewy honeycomb texture on the inside … it tastes of toasted buttery caramelisation, tangy undertones of Normandy milk, the sweet richness of cultivated yeasts and long fermentation. Buttery streaks on your fingers, tiny, and sometimes not-so-tiny shards of golden-brown flakes of crust on your shirt …Continue reading “honeycomb, flakiness and ‘au beurre’”

and dish a special allure

. WHEN NIGHT FALLS OVER NEW ORLEANS, BEVERLY HILLS, BOSTON OR BEIRUT, THE EXCITEMENT, YOU PUT ON YOUR FINEST, GATHER YOUR POISE, WIT AND SOPHISTICATION ABOUT YOU AND VENTURE OUT, ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST LIGHTS IN THE BIG CITY THIS NIGHT. IN THE RESTAURANT, GLASSWARE TINKLES GENTLY, CONVERSATION SURGES AND LAPSES, AND SOFT LIGHTING LENDSContinue reading “and dish a special allure”

thou most fragrant, aromatic joy

. Ode To Coffee By William A. Pricé Oh, thou most fragrant, aromatic joy, impugned, abused, and often stormed against, And yet containing all the blissfulness that in a tiny cup could be condensed! Give thy contemners calm, imperial scorn— For thou wilt reign through ages yet unborn!   Some ancient Arab, so the legendContinue reading “thou most fragrant, aromatic joy”

petit déjeuner

. . Breakfast in America Songwriters: Richard Davies & Roger Hodgson Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got  Not much of a girlfriend, never seem to get a lot  Take a jumbo across the water, like to see America  See the girls in California  I’m hoping it’s going to comeContinue reading “petit déjeuner”

zum frühstück ein gugelhupf

. …., the Emperor came early in the morning for a snack with croissants, coffee, pastries of all sorts, and the mentioned Gugelhupf, also his favorite cigars were available. When he appeared at 6.30 clock, it was already the second breakfast for him, because even at 4 clock there was nothing to hold him in bed.Continue reading “zum frühstück ein gugelhupf”

Pâtisserie Viennoise

. There is a little treasure in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Just down the street from the med-school on 8 rue de l’École de Médicine, 75006 Paris, is Pâtisserie Viennoise. It is a charming little place I must have passed twice before I actually noticed it. There is Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel onContinue reading “Pâtisserie Viennoise”

ChefThomas

CHEFTHOMAS   Chef, with over thirty years of experience, ranging from bakeries to first class restaurants in major hotels to banquets for Presidents, Sultans and Heads of States and other famous, infamous and not so famous people. I like to produce my goods using the freshest and best natural ingredients. This is to ensure thatContinue reading “ChefThomas”

Breakfast like a King

…. or like an Emperor The Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph of Habsburg, enjoyed already this exquisite piece of breakfast bread, the “Kaisersemmel”. Crispy on the outside, on the inside fluffy and moist, must be a hand-knitted Kaisersemmel. This exquisite piece of wheat bread is to this day the medal of honor for any baker. When I learned the trade some thirty years ago,Continue reading “Breakfast like a King”