Posts tagged ‘dark chocolate’

July 17, 2012

Chocolate Clementine Tart with Almond-Shortbread Crust and Honey Cream & the kick off of a new recipe series!

I’m super excited to announce the kick off of a new recipe series I’m working on and to tell you about a must read new book.
The book is “Have Mother, Will Travel, and the recipe series is “Have Kelly, Will Cook”.

Here’s a heart warming video peek into the book. To read more about the book and these amazing women click here.

I met Claire and Mia about 20 years ago at their home in Los Angeles. There are two things I will never forget.

#1. The first time I saw Mia’s beautiful smile, it literally brightens a room.
#2. The first time I ate Claire’s Lamb, she cooks it like no other.

We have since become the best of friends.
Claire describes food with the passion of a poet. When she told me about a confection she had gone crazy over in Provence, I could taste it myself. It was a candied clementine, honey, and marzipan, dunked in dark chocolate, called la Gourmandise. As usual, we immediately started brainstorming ideas to recreate this confection. Little did I know, this conversation would lead to a series of recipes based on wonderful food they tasted while on a global scavenger hunt.  For more of the story, click here.

The first recipe of the series is a Chocolate Clementine Tart with Almond-Shortbread Crust and Honey Cream. I knew this recipe would be amazing given the flavor combination described by Claire. The key to this tart is to use cold butter and eggs, and to work fast, otherwise the filling wont emulsify. Have all your ingredients measured and ready to go before you start to mix. You will be amazed, it only takes a minute to come together.

February 13, 2012

Happy Birthday! Did someone say ROAD TRIP?!

SnailsView is one year old today!

What an amazing year! I wanted to take this opportunity send a super-sized THANK YOU for your continued encouragement, support and for making my first year so incredibly special.

Also, I’ll be heading off to California in a few days to start a much-anticipated road trip with my amazing cousin Tammie (and friend Karen), who just so happens to be one of my favorite people on the planet.  I couldn’t be more excited! Aside from being one of the funnest people to be around, I can’t think of too many people who I’d want to be in a car with for 6000+ miles and several weeks!  We’ve been talking, dreaming and scheming about this trip for what seems like the better part of forever, and it’s finally just days away. We’ll be driving from Santa Cruz, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida AND BACK! Coast to coast X2.  So, if you don’t hear from me for a few weeks – no worries, I’ll have a full report with lots of photos when I return (I may just surprise you with a post or two along the way)! See you soon!

BTW — just in case your interested, this is an Indian Spiced Cupcake with a Silky Dark Chocolate – Tahini frosting, I’ll be posting the recipe soon!

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