Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The 27th international exhibition for .....food and beverage (in short) Part 1

The long version is: The 27th international exhibition for equipment, services & technologies for the Hospitality Industry, the Retail and Institutional Sectors in Israel...

That name is TOOO long for me, so I'll just give you the shorthand: 
When I entered the cake decorating world I started receiving a yearly invitation to this exhibit. I'm a total sucker for new inventions, especially new food inventions.       
So, once a year when I get their letter I'm really happy to check out all the new stuff.
And You won't believe things that people invent?!   
So, this year I invited my best friend Iris to join me.

It was a great day, the sun was shining, the roads weren't too crowded and in the exhibit buildings the air conditioning was just right (I hate it when it's too hot, don't you?) 

Last year the best thing I tried was the new Avocado oil which is very tasty and supposed to be healthy and very good for you.  This year I was expecting more, and I really got it!
First we saw these plates and cutlery all recyclable made from different plants- pine leaves, bamboo and others, that is really cool and in addition to keeping our environment cleaner, you get really nice looking plates, for a very unique table arrangment!

Then we saw these chocolate fountains, except they weren't all chocolate. One was sesame seeds sweet cream, one was nougat (crushed sweet nuts powder) flavored, and ya-ha the others were just ordinary chocolate. Obviously everybody stopped at that point and tried at least 2-3 flavors..

Then we saw a large group of people standing next to this guy giving everybody cake handouts from a famous Swedish (or Swiss?) cake company. They were soooo good, I can imagine why they are so famous. I wish I could send you a taste.

A sample of the swedish/swiss cakes
Then we saw the cutest pita bread ever! Baby Pita Bread. Iris is nibbling on one of them. they were really good and a great size for younger kids for snack time.

baby pita -look how small they are!
 Back to sweetness- there were so many different chocolate and dough shells for filling

My favorite sweet is called Cream-Bo A.K.A warm Ice-cream A.K.A Marshmallow-treat 

Though the Cream-Bo is created on a production line, the foil covering each one is done manualy
Making Cream-Bo -check it out 

Here is a recipe for the homemade version which is so much better compared to the store type:

Foamy filling
1 ¾ cups of sugar
¼ cup of lukewarm water
3 egg whites
¼ teaspoon tartar cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Piping bag
Round sweet cookies (you can use Oreo sandwiches or each cookie separated.

For the chocolate coating
400 grams / 0.88 lb dark chocolate
3 table spoons canola oil

1.  Mix all the foamy filling ingredients together in a heat durable bowl using the double boiler method (A set of pans: a saucepan that holds hot water, and a bowl that fits securely over the saucepan. The ingredients are placed in the bowl and melt/warm-cook over gentle, indirect heat. Any metal or glass bowl that fits over the top of a saucepan will do.)
2.  Mix the ingredients with a hand mixer for 10 minutes, until you get shiny stiff white foam.
3.  Remove the bowl from the pot and mix with the mixer for 2 more minutes.  
4.  For best results use a candy thermometer and make sure the mixture doesn't exceed 700 c /1580 F degrees.
5.  Place the cookies on a tray covered with a baking sheet; keep a small distance between them.
6.  Fill your piping bag with the white foam and pipe a mountain peak on each cookie.
7.  Place the tray in the refrigerator.
8.  Melt the chocolate and oil in a clean bowl using the double boiler method again, until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny.
9   Remove from heat and cool mixture foe about 20 minutes
10.Take the cookies out of the fridge. Using a table spoon coat the foam peaks with the runny chocolate
11.Leave in room temperature for 20 minutes and place in the fridge for at least 3 more hours.   

Cake away!
t'il next time

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