The CIA at Greystone, St. Helena campus, has wireless. But for some reason, once I type something, there is no guarantee that it will stick. Therefore I am going to have to come back to Elizabeth Falkner and Will Goldfarb's incredible co-presentation. As well, we are missing the handsome and seductive Scott Peacock's demonstration on biscuits.
Messianic? Mandy Aftel is fanatic about scent. Words, phrases-- top note, middle note, concrete, essential. We are smelling different scents as they exist, as they are distilled in various ways.
She says some are animal, some are dirty, some are sexy. Scent as personality. As a way of organizing hundreds of bottles of scents.
Why would we use these? Why not go out and get the flavor itself.
Sometimes scents, or the oils themselves, will pick up flavors that the actual ingredients won't be able to convey themselves.
This, of course, begs some questions. What is the soul of taste? Is there true flavor? Can 2 people taste the same taste or is up to each mouth? Just how interlinked is smell with taste?
Alex Espiritu. Tall, serious, smart, quiet. Perfect for Ron Siegel's pastry chef role.
Neroli is the flower bud from a bitter orange.
He's showing off the Thermomix.
"Check this out, it's really wild." [he's using a soy based "egg
replacer" and xantham gum to make "meringue" with juice and the stuff,
for a "sorbet."
MA: "The thing about Neroli is that it will change whatever is next to it."
The dessert is: strawberry sorbet, foamy Gewurztraminer "meringue", strawberry slivers, sprayed with neroli.
Delicious. Elusive, sweet, light, seductive, sensual. Lovely indeed.
Now he's showing a dessert with a blown sugar bubble that has a spray of scent inside.
"That's the danger of having things like this be a trend. Not everyone can pull it off." -- the gentleman on my left, who wants to remain anonymous. We're talking about whether we would use scents in these ways.
Blown sugar? Beautiful and very impressive. But I don't mean to disappoint you-- you'll never see blown sugar on Shuna desserts.
Stephen, ever practical and silly, hands out "smores" on fire smoked grape branches. Marshmallow filled with ganache.