From the Editor, Leigh O’Connor.
The first chocolate bar was created by British chocolatier J.S. Fry in 1847 molded from a paste made of sugar, chocolate liqueur and cocoa butter. Who knew this humble piece of chocolate would change the world?
Who doesn’t like chocolate said no one ever! Here at AGFG, we have several chocoholics who much like coffee drinkers can’t function properly until the first piece of heaven hits their taste buds, so it seems fitting to have a whole week dedicated to chocolate.
This week, The Kitchen at Bec Hardy Chef Connor Bishop dishes up his top five tips for working with chocolate and his recipe for a Jerusalem artichoke and chocolate dessert that will have you salivating.
Experience a symphony of indulgence with this dessert where the richness of Manjari chocolate meets the humble elegance of Jerusalem artichokes transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, proving that when exceptional chocolate and vibrant vegetables unite, magic happens on the palate.
What’s your favourite chocolate flavour? How about wasabi or pizza? We delve into the weirdest flavours around like insect-covered chocolate and even tobacco – obviously adults-only – which is infused to provide a smokiness to dark chocolate, with notes of sweet vanilla and heady wood running through.
For this week’s Chef Chat, we talk to Johnny Ping from the Oxi Tea Room in Carlton about studying culinary arts and pastry in Taiwan and starting his career in Singapore working at a variety of dessert shops, restaurants and hotels. He delivers a delicious chocolate mousse recipe sure to be a hit over the festive season with family and friends – this one is the perfect chocolate treat for Christmas.
We tell you where to go for the most delicious chocolate dishes around the country, along with a curated recipe collection and Laura Rancie’s review of Kirsten Tibballs’ latest cookbook ‘Chocolate All Day’ which is simple enough for the youngest chocolate enthusiast.
Want to win a chocolate prize pack? We have two deliciously chocolatey Christmas gift packs to give away from iconic Australian chocolatiers, Haigh’s Chocolates and Koko Black, so keep an eye on our socials for your chance to win.