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Progetto VIRGO

April 15th, 2016 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (2 Comments)
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Franco visited me with a few bags of flour, without labeling, explaining to me that it was flour from Progetto Virgo, from the University of Bologna. It was intriguing and at a first glance, the flour looked attractive with bran speckles and the smell was nutty and pleasant, so naturally I wanted to see how … Read more

Un jour d’hiver a Paris

February 19th, 2016 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (4 Comments)
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Europain just ended in Paris last week and I had the chance to attend this world class baker’s fair, grasping the chance to meet amazing people from oven makers, millers and of course exceptional bakers; such as Mickaël Chesnouard, Xavier Honorin, Beesham Soogrim, Thomas Teffri-Chambelland  or Stéphane Pichard and without forgetting all the others I unfortunately missed … Read more

BOOKS: 2016 Edition is LIVE!

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by greg in Books | Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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I must confess, it took a while (read AGES!) to have 3 of my books finally republished, but it was finally done last month and they are now available to order in Hong Kong and all over the world! The most reliable and economical way to order the books is on this very blog, by … Read more

The persimmon secret

December 14th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (0 Comments)
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Without a doubt, I have always misunderstood persimmon. It probably comes from my stay in some nice hotel in South East Asia where unripe persimmon were placed in my room as an amenity many years ago. Not knowing what these were and dressed with the same immaculate color as the well known orange, I sliced … Read more

Cucurbita Moschata you said?!

November 13th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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Surely, there is something better that can be done with pumpkin other than a hideous “venti skinny pumpkin spice soy milk latte” ? ;) I am a fan of butternut squash since forever; that soup, with grilled scallops in beurre noisette and garlic-parsely toasted bread my mother made is just anchored deep inside. Call me an old … Read more

Geothermal Rye Bread

November 1st, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (0 Comments)
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Here is one solid question for you: How was the scenery like the last time you’ve crossed a 5000 year old lava stone field? I don’t know about you, but I never thought it would look as good as Hveragerði, a small village 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik, south of Iceland, and yes, I (and … Read more

Acceptance

September 28th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Charity | Classes & Demo | Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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Great food takes time – even food for thought for that matter! This has never been so true as with the recently published “A Platter of Love” book in which I had the honor to participate with seven other talented chefs. Under the initiative of Angliss, we held photo sessions and classes 4 years ago when I … Read more

Extraordinary brewing stories

July 3rd, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (4 Comments)
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Ever since I came across Young Master Ales, I kind of knew there was more lingering in the air than just wild yeast… Tucked in a quiet corner of Mongkok, The Ale Project otherwise known as TAP is a small, very friendly beer place managed by James. Visiting Young Master Ales Brewery in Ap Lei … Read more

A second serving of chocolate

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (0 Comments)
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Second trip and second serving of chocolate cultivated and made in Vietnam! After travelling to Vietnam, I tested the different chocolates in several recipes, including this (very smooth) chocolate cheesecake that I glazed with an olive oil and chocolate glaze. The base of the cake (or tart) is made of sweet dough and black olive … Read more

The Harbourfront Feast

April 24th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)
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May 2, 2015 will witness a rare occurrence in Hong Kong. Rare because you get to be fed by 13 talented chefs from 13 different kitchens in one go!  All the chefs met over few days to taste each other’s dishes and to make sure we were all not serving the same thing as well as discussing portion … Read more

The wooden table controversy

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (5 Comments)
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Seldom are the days where the sun bathes a wooden bakery table nowadays… He might be playing hide and seek with the clouds, but that’s not really the culprit here. Hong Kong rental prices would rather be one of the reasons, pushing operators to hide kitchens and bakeries below ground, away from the expensive limelight. … Read more

La Dolce Vita on TVB

March 20th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... - (5 Comments)
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Baking sourdough bread kneaded by hand is physical and rare. So rare that even TV is coming to witness this!  We had yet another chance to welcome the TVB crew at Bread Elements where star hosts Sarah Song and Sheldon Lo had a go at kneading, shaping and baking our signature sourdough baguettes. We had … Read more

Feuilletage, Frangipane and Kings

January 6th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Recipes - (6 Comments)
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What started as a simple and rather dry bread covered in beans many centuries ago has evolved into a remarkable version of the King’s Tart, or how we call it in French, La Galette des Rois. The tradition back home is declined in two versions. The brioche type of bread in which is also hidden … Read more

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