Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie...

I have discovered the ultimate in chocolate cookies...Now be warned right from the start these were a test to see what they would be like and are not for sale, but they were so good I had to share with you my delight. 

Here's how it goes. I bought a packet of Coffee A Go Go Earthquake cookies (which I have spoken about in previous posts and are the most wonderful chocolate cookies ever made, in my opinion) and then the Nutpatch Chocolatier enrobed them for me in dark chocolate. OMG! The heavens could open and swallow me alive, they really are the supreme chocolate cookie experience!

It was the first time I had seen our enrobing machine in action and it was really amazing. It's tiny conveyor belt, feeding the items to be enrobed through what could only be described as a mini chocolate waterfall! They emerge through the other side delicately coated in dark chocolate...which is exactly what happened to my cookies! Some may say it's too much chocolate for the already chocolate packed cookie, but that just begs the question, when is there such a thing as too much chocolate?

I have included some pictures for you to dream about! Sweet dreams:)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Change is in the Air!

For anyone who has driven past our shop lately you may have noticed things have changed. After over a decade our much loved petrol and service station owned by Roger and Deb has closed. While the petrol and shop side are now closed, the service centre will be operating as usual, as will Coffee A Go Go and Nutpatch of course! Over the coming months you will start to see changes occurring, and you will have to watch this space for developments!

We wish Roger and Deb all the best in their pursuits from here and wait in anticipation of the changes that are just around the corner!

Coloured Pencils!

I don't know about you, but I have always loved coloured stationary. Paper, pens, pencils, you name it! There is something special about coloured stationary, how the paper feels and smells and the anticipation of what might be made! When I was at school I loved the tins of powder paint. To be honest I hated powder as a medium, and lets face it I was never going to be an artist, but opening their little lids to reveal these amazing array of colours was somehow always fascinating! Its not just the colours but the order of the colours and how they all seem to go together.

Recently the Nutpatch confectioner made coloured chocolate pencils and you know what, it sparked in me the love I have for coloured stationary! To this day I cannot resist coloured pens. The fact I spend my entire professional life writing in black or blue ink has never stopped me from owning an array of coloured pens. Most recently that has included purple, deep red and green fine liners, mostly because I loved them, but the pretext on which I bought them was for writing my exam notes! It is funny how a new pen suddenly makes it seem like a huge task is suddenly manageable!

Anyway if you get the chance you should check out the chocolate pencils...I think they are awesome! I have included a few photos below, some of the photos are not a clear as I would like, but you will get the general idea! Can't you imagine these being used with a giant clip board?

Happy stationary hunting!

What Happened to May?

I usually think of January of the month that goes without you really realising it had even started! By the time you get over Christmas and then New Years, and all the public holidays, its February before you know it. But this year May has come and gone, seemingly without me even noticing! Suddenly I find myself five days into June...midway through the year! I don't know about you but where does the time go? You may have noticed the lack of blog post for all of May (oops), but illness has slowed me down in every way possible! I had some exciting things to share with you all too, like all the new treats that were created for mothers day...but now we are in June and mothers day is well behind us! Fear not we still have lovely new treats in the shop to treat you for winter.

So I look out my window today and its definitely winter. Days like this make me think of Heathrow airport in the UK, because the only times I have been to England its been grey, foggy and wet...which is pretty much what I am seeing now! Its cold out now and the chances to see the sun seem very limited!

Whats good about June? Well I was born in June which pretty much makes it the best month of the year! Then there is the shortest day of the year...which while its dark and not much fun, it means every day after that the days are getting longer and the warmer weather is on its way! Don't get me wrong I love the winter, you can layer up in warm clothes, sit by the fire, eat warm soups and of course eat chocolate! Or if not eating chocolate having a hot chocolate, because today is definitely the weather for that! June is also when you realise the year is halfway through! Maybe we should make our New Years resolutions again in June, because I don't know about you, but the ones I made in January haven't I say we start again and make the most out of the second half of the year!

Anyway enough of being philosophical for now and more about chocolate. There is change in the air at our chocolate shop and I look forward to sharing that with you over the coming months!