(Is that the most incongruous couple in the culinary world, or what?! Don’t worry, they’re not together!)
This morning, we soaked some arame (a type of seaweed) and prepped some produce (and an orange-tahini dressing) for…
…a seaweed salad!
Sea vegetables are not my cup of tea, but I have to say this was visually stunning.
I did have a few bites, but I mainly admired it from behind my camera. If you do like seaweed, though, you’d love this bright, fresh dish.
As we were eating our seaweed salads (quite an unusual mid-morning snack, eh?), Russell hauled this monster out of the walk-in.
What is it? Only THE most humongous block of raw cacao butter that I have ever laid eyes on.
25 kilos—that’s 55 POUNDS! The whole thing is worth upwards of $600. Holy crap!
Russell shaved off a few cups’ worth of cacao butter shards for us.
We learned how to properly temper the cacao, then we blended up our own batches of raw chocolate. I added vanilla powder and a couple big pinches of sea salt to mine.
We poured it into bar molds, which we transferred to the fridge to set.
Then, we went on a field trip! Russell took us down to Rush Springs, OK (about an hour south of OKC) to harvest some natural spring water. I brought back two gallons.
Afterward, I dropped back by 105 to pick up my finished chocolate bars.
Eight dark, decadent, delicious bars of raw chocolate…all MINE! (And Matt’s. I’ll share.)
It’s shiny and fragrant, just like chocolate ought to be.
I’m no chocolate expert (though I know some people who are), but my bars really do seem to have a great snap, and a smooth and wonderful melt.
This’ll be my healthy substitute for Halloween (Rawloween?) candy this weekend!
Oh yeah, and guess who dropped in today to say hello? Matthew Kenney himself! It was great to see and talk to him again, and just like the last time, I instantly intensified his bronzed complexion merely by standing beside him.
Can you believe my first week at 105 has already passed? I can’t!
See you all on Monday for the commencement of Level I, Week 2.