…. the most famous of Vienna’s culinary specialties ….

. Well, it is still raining since my last post. And it is set to go on for another day at least. The sun may come out for a minute or two, before big heavy drops are pounding the landscape again. The sound of thunder bounces off the mountains behind us … since four days. …

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 on…

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs …

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of Solomon 2:13 It is Autumn, and the season has nature in its grip. Leaves change from a subtle green to various shades of yellow, orange and…

Let there be no shame on me tonight …

Sacher Cake Sachertorte – Gâteau de Sacher I have spent a few years producing this gorgeous chocolate cake at  K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Ch. Demel’s Söhne, in Vienna. Naturaly I am bias towards the cake of Demel. But the Schokoladenkönig Wolfgang Leschanz of Schokoladenmanufaktur Leschanz, I believe produces the best at this time. Wolfgang was the Production Manger at…

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 that…

Happy Birthday to me ….

It was my birthday a couple of days ago, and Michelle nows hows how much I like chocolate cake. The latest pastry book of David Lebovitz is still laying around on our coffee table, so, Michelle set out to make chocolate cake. The first cake was the gâteau Thérèse (from The Sweet Life in Paris) as described at le weekend….

Ready for Dessert

…. and who isn’t ready for dessert …. ?  It arrived today. Curtesy of Amazon and DHL, all the way from the US. David Lebovitz’s new book ….. pointing out the obvious. Even for a pastry chef like myself …. from my first glance, it looks like comfort dessert. 288 pages of somebody else’s personal…