Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Very Important Message !

These events are folowing other events that have already began, specially those of 8 of August 2008 in Portugal, Spain and all over the world.


Please, keep an open mind, just trust yourself.


The Message
spiritual reality

Blossom's most recent book “The Bridge” documents the messages channelled to her by the Cosmic Beings known as The Federation of Light. In her most recent encounters with them they have announced that one of their craft will appear in our skies on October 14th 2008 for a period of three days in such a way as to prove to us the existence of other life forms in the Universe. The Federation of Light stress that they come in LOVE to help us and our planet move to a new Higher Vibration of Love. They have asked Blossom to get this message out to as many people as possible.

TO LEADERS, GOVERNERS, POLITICIANS AND
ALL PEOPLE OF EARTH ….

We wish it to be understood that on the 14th day of your month of October in the year 2008 a craft of great size shall be visible within your skies. It shall be in the south of your hemisphere and it shall scan over many of your states.

We give to you the name of Alabama.

It has been decided that we shall remain within your atmosphere for the minimum of three of your twenty four hour periods.

During this time there will be much commotion upon your earth plane. Your highest authorities will be intruding into ‘our’ atmospherics that surround our ship. This ‘security field’ is necessary for us, as there shall take place a ‘farce’ from those in your world who shall try to deny that we come in LOVE.

KNOW OF THIS

WE COME TO ASSIST YOUR WORLD.

WE DO NOT COME TO TAKE OVER.

WE DO NOT COME TO DESTRUCT.

WE COME TO GIVE YOU HOPE.

We are beings from other planets, who for many eons of your time have been preparing for these days ahead.

We ask each soul that reads of these words to accept in their heart the Truth that lies within. For in that place there is the knowing that this is to take place.

There shall be many who deny. There shall be many who dismiss.

There shall be those who KNOW of this TRUTH.

Which ever you may be … let this be understood.

IT SHALL TAKE PLACE.

We give you the opportunity to capture on screen this particular ship. There shall be no contact in the form that those of your planet would like. For this initial presentation, we shall simply be presenting our ship to you.

We say to you … That shall certainly be enough to comprehend initially.

All kinds of methods shall be carried out in order to try and penetrate through our security barrier, but they shall be to no avail.

Until we can PROVE to you that we come in LOVE, we will not allow the fullness of our visits to be uncovered.

KNOW OF THIS …

THIS IS THE BEGINNING … NOT THE END

Your governments and your media will try to disguise us. This will fail. All avenues have been covered by us.

Your media will have no choice but to portray the TRUTH for it shall be there for all to see.

Friends of earth. Do not be afraid. We beseech you to TRUST that we come to bring the downfall of those who have misintentions for the well being of your planet.

If we do not intervene now … as has been planned for eons of your earth time … then we fear it would be too late.

WE ASK YOU TO ACCEPT US IN LOVE.

FOR THAT IS WHY WE COME.

The sayings that your world have been aware of via your movie screens etc were not merely make believe. We have been planting and watering seeds of Truth on your planet in preparation for these days.

FOR INDEED

WE COME IN PEACE.

Fill your souls with TRUST in that knowledge.

We are your brothers and sisters from other places.

Our technology is far advanced. There are those in high places of ruling that KNOW full well of this. Therefore they know that there would be little point trying to ‘pretend’ that they need weapons to destroy us.

On this day that we appear, we ask you to listen only to your hearts and NOT to the words of those who shall be in great fear of losing their power.

For too long your world has lived under a cloud that most of you have been unaware of. If you were to KNOW the Truths of what has been hidden from you, you would be appalled and in great disbelief.

It is time for your souls to be allowed to be who they are.

The veil is to be removed.

BE OF JOY.

IT IS A TIME FOR THAT.

YOU SHALL KNOW OF THIS AS YOUR HEART ACCEPTS THE TRUE REASON FOR OUR VISIT.

TO BRING YOU AN UNDERSTANDING OF LOVE. KNOW THIS.

We choose to leave it at that.

Be vigilant. Keep your eyes to the skies.

Keep LOVE in your heart.

WE … THE FEDERATION OF LIGHT … SIGN OFF, GIVING YOU ENCOURAGEMENT AND HOPE AS WE BEGIN THE ASCENSION INTO THE NEW WORLD.

Each one of you has chosen to be here for this ascension. Choose now whether your human form will …

Accept it through LOVE Or Reject it through FEAR.

May the Highest aspect of your soul fill you with Light as you move bravely forward.

Gratitude to each one as they assist us in the cause

Sunday, September 14, 2008

within your heart find the truth

Do not believe anything because
it is said by an authority, or if it
is said to come from angels,
or from Gods, or from an
inspired source.
Believe it only if you have
explored it in your own heart
and mind and body and found
it to be true. Work out your own
path, through diligence.
Guatama Buddha

We are ready to change the world petition

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:

"We Are Ready to Change the World"

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition service, at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/readynow/

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.

Best wishes,

José Manuel Cortes Amaral

8 of August 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mestre Viktor faz das suas !

Aqui envio uma mensagem do meu mestre de Reiki e grande amigo de sempre Viktor, a partir do seu blog Astro-Reiki, desejando-lhe o melhor de todo o Universo neste seu caminho, aqui vai o convite :

Curso de Iniciação - Reiki Nível I

Caros leitores, amigos, internautas, Senhoras e Senhores,

No dia 12 de Outubro, realizar-se-á um Curso de iniciação ao Reiki Nível I ou 1º Grau, em Albufeira, num ambiente harmonizado onde poderá usufruir da calma necessária ao evento. O referido curso será ministrado por dois Mestres e será limitado a 10 inscrições, para que assim se consiga atingir e manter um bom nível formativo e participativo. Mais informações e esclarecimentos serão fornecidos por e-mail ou telemóvel. Serão afixados cartazes alusivos ao evento em diversos locais.

Não percam esta oportunidade…

Saudações Reikianas.

NAMASTÉ

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Adeus

Meu querido pai Victor saíu deste mundo fez um ano completo no dia 1 de Setembro de 2008.
No entanto, mantemo-nos juntos desde então. Deixo-lhe este poema escrito, psicografado, pelo Chico Xavier:

O sino plange em terna suavidade,

No ambiente balsâmico da Igreja;

Entre as nuvens, no altar, em tudo adeja

O perfume dos goivos da saudade.


Geme a viuvez, lamenta-se a orfandade;

E a alma que regressa do exílio beija

A luz que resplandece, que viceja,

Na catedral azul da imensidade...


"Adeus, Terra das minhas desventuras...

Adeus, amados meus..." - diz nas alturas...

A alma liberta, o azul do céu singrando...

- Adeus... - choram as rosas desfolhadas.

- Adeus... - clamam as vozes desoladas

De quem ficou no exílio soluçando...


AUTA DE SOUZA

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chef Zé Cortes

Este é o meu novo Blog e serve a minha presente actividade. Visite-o e contacte-me para mais informações.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Main Courses 2008

Well, I was fortunate enough to cook for a wonderful Portuguese family this August and the menus consisted on these Main Courses:

Main Courses
*******

Oven Roasted Whole Sea Bass with small roasted potatoes, onions and bell peppers with sautéed vegetables and green salads
*
Filo Tiger Prawns with Med Salads and Thai Dip
*
Tornedó with Root Celery mash and Savory Chocolate Sauce
*
Roasted Cod Fillet under Pata Negra and Corn Bread crust with punched Potatoes and 4 roasted Onions
*
Prawn Curry with side specials and Basmati Rice
*
Monk Fish Curry with side specials and Basmati rice
*
Red Mullet Fillets sautéed with crunchy vegetables and roasted small potatoes, red bell peppers, onions and Crème Fraiche
*
Bacon wrapped Scallops with mashed Potatoes topped with Almond crumble
*
Tornedó, perfumed white wine Sabayon sauce, sautéed Cepe mushroom and Jacked Potatoes with sour crème, butter and parsley sauce
*
Tender Loin Steak in Chef’s Special sauce with French Fries and 2 Salads
*
Red Beans and Lombardian cabbage Pot, with Chouriço, Farinheira, Morcela, Panccetta Affumicatta and Orelha on the side, “Transmotana” style with Basmati rice
*
Filo wrapped Alheiras with crunchy vegetables, Bok Choi and Oven Rice
*
Cod ‘au gratin’ with Rosti, Water Cress Salad
*
Oven Roasted Pork Fillet Mignon with roasted Small Potatoes
*



___________________
José Cortes, Agosto 2008

Pratos Principais

Pois é, a vida dá cada volta...

Passei este princípio de mês como cozinheiro particular de uma família portuguesa que me ficou no coração. Durante estes dias cozinhei e preparei algumas das minhas criações, algumas são versões dos originais, como por exemplo a feijoada à Transmontana, mas devo dizer que todos estes pratos principais me ficaram na memória pelo carinho com que os preparei e pelo ainda maior carinho com que foram recebidos por esta maravilhosa família que tive a felicidade de conhecer, afinal ainda há esperança para Portugal...

Assim, aqui vai a lista:

Pratos Principais
*******

Robalo inteiro assado no forno com Batatinhas Primor, Cebola e Pimentos morrones assados, Vegetais Salteados e Saladas Verdes
*
Camarão Tigre envolto em Massa Filo Crocante com Saladas Mediterrânicas e Dip Thai
*
Tornedó com molho de Chocolate e Puré de Aipo com Saladas Verdes.
*
Lombo de Bacalhau assado no forno com Pata Negra e Capa de Broa de Milho com Batata a Murro e 4 Cebolas assadas
*
Caril de Gambas com acompanhamentos e Arroz de Forno
*
Caril de Tamboril com acompanhamentos e Arroz de Forno
*
Filetes de Salmonete Salteados com Vegetais Crocantes e Batatinhas Primor assadas com Pimentos Cebola e Creme Fraiche
*
Espetadas de Vieiras embrulhadas em Bacon com Puré de Batata e Crumble de Amêndoa
*
Tornedó com Sabayon de vinho branco perfumado, Cepe Salteado e Batata em Capote com recheio de molho de Salsa
*
Bifes, com molho especial do Chef com Batatas Fritas e Saladas Variadas
*
Feijoada à Transmontana com Lombarda e arroz de forno
*
Alheiras Artesanais Embrulhadas em Massa Filo Crocante e Vegetais Crocantes e Bok Choi
*
Bacalhau com Natas Azedas e Creme Fraiche Gratinado e Rosti
*
Lombinhos de Porco com Bacon e Batatinhas Assadas no Forno
*



_______________________
José Cortes, Agosto 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Engraçado...

É mesmo, curioso como a vida tem destas coisas. Só quando temos pouco, damos valor ao que realmente interessa, todo o supérfluo quase que desaparece como por magia: Amizade, amor, afecto, tempo, cores da vida, do sol, do mar, da natureza, dos olhos dos nossos filhos, da nossa mulher que amamos, tudo realça em contraste com os dias de abundancia de dinheiro, onde o consumo se torna imperioso e escape para quase todas as questões, a TV absorve-nos, aquela coisa da loja chupa-nos para ela, o livro que saíu agorinha mesmo requisita-nos, o DVD do último filme atrai-nos, a roupinha ou o sapatinho que nos pisca os olhinhos, a guloseima que nos acode à ansiedade, aquela brasa que nos põe doentes, a conta que não engorda nunca o suficiente, os pagamentos que cascatam, os imprevistos que descambam o orçamento, o fim do mês... Ufa !...
Como a Vida deveria ser tão mais fácil, tão mais simples. Porque não é? Culpa nossa, digo eu. E que fazer? pergunto eu, também, como um imbecil que não sabe mesmo a resposta, - Não sei.

Parece-me que rondamos sempre a resposta, que ela está sempre perto de nós, ali como se fosse suficiente virar a cara e ela nos morder o nariz. A simplicidade é simples, depois de retirado todo o demais, fica o essencial. Não chega? Pois. Não tenho solução. Só perguntas sem resposta, para já.
Estou como sempre, optimista, despreocupado, feliz. Sempre estive.

O que é meu à minha mão virá dar. E se eu já tiver tudo o que quero? E não saiba...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kundalini

Neste momento em que vagueio

Desde Junho que não exerço a minha profissão como tal. Com uma dura lição de permeio, persigo na minha descoberta.
A minha iniciação em Reiki neste mês, com os Mestres Viktor e Joaquim, foram parte desta minha caminhada de busca pelo meu lugar no Mundo.
Irei continuar a desenvolver e a aprender com humildade a minha profissão e fá-lo-ei com esmero e dedicação, cada vez com mais empenho.
Não sei, ainda, onde irei trabalhar, mas creio que esse dia está próximo.
Se o que comemos se torna parte de nós, tenho, então, uma grande responsabilidade: a de tornar melhores as pessoas que comem o que faço. O que é feito com muito amor e carinho, leva esses sentimentos para dentro de quem os consome, assim espero que aconteça.
Até já...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Nem eu sei

Nem eu sei,
quantas vezes cá estive,
quantas vezes me levantei.

Quantos partos passei
num e noutro papel,
onde a Luz era lei.

Minhas mães e pais,
depois filhos e avós,
continuamente brilhais

Fraca tenho a voz
de tanto a usar
prazer e dor atroz.

Marés de sorte
tsunamis de azar
boa e má morte.

Vidas que vivi
sonhos que sonhei
minha luz abri

Bing bang... estive lá
mas aqui agora estou
da luz também sou.

Antes e depois
humana engenharia.
Agora: sois

Presentes encadeados,
impermanência subtil,
pensamentos descuidados.

De tudo senti
de tudo já vi.
Venha mais por aqui !

Que alma minha é
neste corpo decadente
onde milénios de fé

esperaram pelo momento
em que a Luz Grande
tenha o seu final alento.

E depois?
Venha outro tanto,
por quem sois!

(Zé Cortes, 21/7/2008)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jupiter Trine Uranus !... just a reminder, folks

This was on my birth date and hour, according to my chart. I am just posting it so that I can access the text wherever I may be, nothing to it, just my thing.

(I do want that, within the near future, I will start posting more interesting things about cooking and as well about my life experiences as a cook and as a human being, but for now, I take a break.)

Jupiter Trine Uranus

Being receptive to future possibilities is the most important way in which your true future will manifest. Ideas and concepts abound in your mind, and these must be acted on, in order for them to become real. Of course, you don't always have to bring your concepts into manifestation, but you are possessed of talents in the realm of future vision which are unusual and need to be used. Taking your abilities for granted is one way that you avoid having to push yourself into higher development. Whether you are able to make anything out of your ideas will depend on your level of motivation. If you are lazy and like things the way they are, then you are more likely to use your mental constructions as ways of moving through the day without having to confront reality. But if you really see the wisdom of your mental wandering, you will realize that you must make them into some tangible expression, probably creatively, in order for them to live in the way that they were meant to. Your talents are meant to be used creatively. The flow of ideas is the creative muse in action. To waste what is divinely given is not only unethical, it is allowing the mundane to overpower the spiritual in a way which your own conscience tells you is not right. Use your power and enliven the world in which you live.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

There are no coincidences, only hard facts

True... who have imagined, when I created this blog's name, more than a year ago, that King Food would be what I would be doing now in my last Job?

That's right, my last boss was the King's Chef, in Belgium of course, Portugal is a Republic.

And more, much more, now I realize...

This is why I claim that there are no coincidences, just signs confirming your path. You just have to feel when you are going the right way. Sense and be true, to you and others. This is all you need to move forward. Let go and believe. Never be afraid.

Try it yourself... Let me know...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"La plume de ma tante est sur la table."


www.parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Why is it so difficult to make decisions...


Try to decide between 10 million Euros and 12 million Euros. Which one do you choose? Easy: None or the highest value. Right? Everything should be as easy, but it is not...

How do you choose between staying in your country and develop your own cuisine in your own restaurant, already opened, but not yours yet, or going to France, to a new restaurant, to be opened, working with two Great French Michelin Starred Chefs and in a place such as Dijon?
Tell me. How can I choose ? Both are huge leaps for me. Both are huge challenges. I love both choices, both ideas.

I think that I already know what to do, but I am still not 100% sure.
Leave me some comments on this, please: Help me decide...

P.S.

I forgot to mention that I am presently discussing with a major Portuguese t.v. Production Company, the possibility of having my own T.V. program about cooking.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sachertorte...


Well, I was reading the original recipe (! almost) for Sachertorte and I have to try it. It's like a chocolate mousse made into a cake and filled with apricot jam and topped with a chocolate casing sauce.
It has to be fluffy. The chocolate and eggs have to be the best you can find, as for the apricot jam, homemade preferably and the rest is all up to you and your skills.
Have fun. It is a good cake for breakfast or tea.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Another day...

Here goes another day...

Diogo, as fotos seguem amanhã...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Açordinha de Fraca (Dinde) !



Açorda de fraca, com a sopinha e tudo, a caminho de Beja em Entradas. No Restaurante Celeiro !
De chorar por mais...

Friday, March 07, 2008

Chef Keisukematsushima ! et Chef Nicolas Isnard !


Et voilà, je a trouvée cette blog avec Chef Nicolas Isnard, (Tribute to Claudia 2008, Vila Joya, Portugal).

Intéressant ...

Thursday, March 06, 2008

In Vézelay, almost one year ago


There I was in this wonderful town, almost one year ago, in France, working with Marc Meneau in L'Esperance. Time really flies.

Monday, March 03, 2008

O que gostaria mais?

Qual destas escolhas prefere?

  1. Jantar num restaurante com uma carta onde pode escolher entre dezenas de pratos, embora saiba que é impossível serem todos elaborados com produtos frescos, gastando cerca de 40 euros com o jantar.
  2. Jantar num restaurante com um menú de degustação, escrito numa ardósia, de 5 pratos com um preço de 25 euros por pessoa e onde tem a certeza de que todos os produtos são elaborados com esmero, apresentação e acima de tudo, são fresquinhos do dia e da estação ?
Por favor, responda 1 ou 2 nos comentários e no fim do mês teremos os resultados aqui no seu blog.
Obrigado.
Zé Cortes

Sunday, March 02, 2008

The best Bodin Noir ever made. It is Portuguese


Made in Portugal. Douro Region.

Le vrai prix d'un plat, Marc Meneau...


Ce que payez avant de déguster:

-la TVA

-la taxe d'apprentissage

-la médecine du tavail

-la taxe professionnelle

-l'URSSAF

-les ASSEDIC

-la SACEM

-l'impôt sur les revenus

-la formation professionnelle

-la vignette sur les alcools

-les impôts fonciers

-la caisse de retraite des commencants

-la caisse maladie

-le droit de licence

-la taxe anti-pollution

-la CSG

-le fond d'aide au logement

-la taxe d'habitation

-la cotisation à la taxe d'apprentissage

-Le RDS

-la main d'oeuvre

-les fournisseurs

et la passion

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oui Vous...

J'espère que nous tous savons ce 2008 est une année très importante pour l'Humanité.

Tant de choses importantes arriveront :

Les parents aimeront leurs enfants
Les enfants aimeront leurs parents

Les gens seront nés
Les gens partiront

Les guerres continueront
Les règles régneront

Les pauvres gens seront plus pauvres
Les gens plus riches seront plus riches

L'herbe grandira
Les arbres brûleront

La bonne volonté arrive
Mal arrivera aussi

Ainsi quoi de neuf?

Tout changera, parce que...

Vous changerez...
Par vos actions, actes et mots, le Monde sera un meilleur endroit pour tous les gens et l'être.
Oui, Vous.
Je vous parle.
Je suis si sûr, que j'y ai parié ma vie et les vies de mes enfants.

Avancez, faites Votre chose, 2008 est cela!
2009 sera trop tard...

Joy...

Joy,

I miss you very much. Hope that you are ok. You know where to find me.
Zé.

My master Chef Marc Meneau in Vila Joya in 2007 !

Je suis le meilleur cuisinier dans mon village

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Alinea Restaurant in Chicago, the best in the West?




I have came across this restaurant in Chicago and went through the images. I am impressed. This is in America. Who would say it would be possible...? Well, everything is possible, so they say in there.

It´s like El Bulli but in another dimension.
take a look.
The post title takes you to their site.
Enjoy.

Eggs Benedict and Cappuccino at Patisserie Valerie in Soho, by tmoertel in flickr

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Synthesis, Ferrán Adriá, Blumenthal, etc... I would sign as well...

1. Cooking is a language through which all the following properties may be expressed: harmony, creativity, happiness, beauty, poetry, complexity, magic, humour, provocation and culture.

2. The use of top quality products and technical knowledge to prepare them properly are taken for granted.

3. All products have the same gastronomic value, regardless of their price.

4. Preference is given to vegetables and seafood, with a key role also being played by dairy products, nuts and other products that make up a light form of cooking. In recent years red meat and large cuts of poultry have been very sparingly used.

5. Although the characteristics of the products may be modified (temperature, texture, shape, etc.), the aim is always to preserve the purity of their original flavour, except for processes that call for long cooking or seek the nuances of particular reactions such as the Maillard reaction.

6. Cooking techniques, both classic and modern, are a heritage that the cook has to know how to exploit to the maximum.

7. As has occurred in most fields of human evolution down the ages, new technologies are a resource for the progress of cooking.

8. The family of stocks is being extended. Together with the classic ones, lighter stocks performing an identical function are now being used (waters, broths, consommés, clarified vegetable juices, nut milk, etc.).

9. The information given off by a dish is enjoyed through the senses; it is also enjoyed and interpreted by reflection.

10. Taste is not the only sense that can be stimulated: touch can also be played with (contrasts of temperatures and textures), as well as smell, sight (colours, shapes, trompe d’oeil, etc.), whereby the five senses become one of the main points of reference in the creative cooking process.

11. The technique-concept search is the apex of the creative pyramid.

12. Creation involves teamwork. In addition, research has become consolidated as a new feature of the culinary creative process.

13. The barriers between the sweet and savoury world are being broken down. Importance is being given to a new cold cuisine, particularly in the creation of the frozen savoury world.

14. The classical structure of dishes is being broken down: a veritable revolution is underway in first courses and desserts, closely bound up with the concept of symbiosis between the sweet and savoury world; in main dishes the "product-garnish-sauce" hierarchy is being broken down.

15. A new way of serving food is being promoted. The dishes are finished in the dining room by the serving staff. In other cases the diners themselves participate in this process.

16. Regional cuisine as a style is an expression of its own geographical and cultural context as well as its culinary traditions. Its bond with nature complements and enriches this relationship with its environment.

17. Products and preparations from other countries are subjected to one's particular style of cooking.

18. There are two main paths towards attaining harmony of products and flavours: through memory (connection with regional cooking traditions, adaptation, deconstruction, former modern recipes), or through new combinations.

19. A culinary language is being created which is becoming more and more ordered, that on some occasions establishes a relationship with the world and language of art.

20. Recipes are designed to ensure that harmony is to be found in small servings.

21. Decontextualisation, irony, spectacle, performance are completely legitimate, as long as they are not superficial but respond to, or are closely bound up with, a process of gastronomic reflection.

22. The menu de dégustation is the finest expression of avant-garde cooking. The structure is alive and subject to changes. Concepts such as snacks, tapas, pre-desserts, morphs, etc., are coming into their own.

23. Knowledge and/or collaboration with experts from different fields (gastronomic culture, history, industrial design, etc.,) is essential for progress in cooking. In particular collaboration with the food industry and the scientific world has brought about fundamental advances. Sharing this knowledge among cooking professionals has contributed to this evolution.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Blumenthal is a self-made cook, like me... there's hope...

Molecular Gastronomy is dead. Indeed, if Heston Blumenthal had his way it would never have been born in the first place. He accepts that, early on, the term let punters know something curious was going on at his restaurant, the Fat Duck, in Bray; that it gave people trying to make sense of a menu of grain-mustard ice cream, white chocolate with caviar or palate cleansers cooked in 'liquid nitrogen' an easy label. But he still thinks the term creates artificial barriers. 'Molecular makes it sound complicated,' he says. 'And gastronomy makes it sound elitist.' Blumenthal isn't keen on either. Plus it doesn't mean anything. 'It was dreamt up in 1992 by a physicist called Nicholas Kurti who needed a fancy name for the science of cooking so he could get a research institute to pay attention to his work,' he explains. Kitchen science didn't hack it. Hence: Molecular Gastronomy.


Blumenthal slips two tightly printed sheets of paper across the table towards me. It is, he says coyly, something he has been working on for nearly four years now, with a few of his pals. His co-authors are Ferran Adrià, chef of the uber-modernist El Bulli in Spain, Thomas Keller of Per Se and the French Laundry in the US, and Harold McGee, the writer whose book On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen has provided these and so many other chefs with the technical understanding they needed to help them create their dishes. In short it's written by the very biggest names in the business. I ask Blumenthal if it's a manifesto. 'That sounds a bit grand and cocky doesn't it,' he says. 'Because we're definitely not trying to come up with a doctrine. It's just...' He hesitates. 'A statement.'

They want to emphasise what they have in common with other chefs, he says, not what separates them. They accept that a new approach to cooking has emerged recently but argue that parts of it have been 'overemphasized and sensationalised, while others ignored... Tradition is the base which all cooks who aspire to excellence must know and master. Our open approach builds upon the best that tradition has to offer.' As to the methods they use, it's all just cooking. 'We do not pursue novelty for its own sake,' it continues. 'We may use modern thickeners, sugar substitutes, enzymes, liquid nitrogen, sous vide, dehydration and other non-traditional means but these do not define our cooking. They are a few of the many tools that we are fortunate to have available as we strive to make delicious and stimulating dishes.'

It all seems a bit curious coming from Blumenthal, the man who has been on our TV screens this autumn in the BBC series In Search of Perfection, using pressure probes to detect the crunchiness of batter, blow-torching beef before cooking it at 50°C for 24 hours, and beating up ice cream in a bowl of liquid nitrogen. But, he says, look at the dishes he was doing those things for: fish and chips, steak and salad, treacle tart. You can't get more traditional than that. 'We can get too hung up on gadgetry. Once there was just the knife if you wanted to chop things. Then along came the food-processor. But that was still cooking. Now I use other tools - centrifuges, desiccators - which you might not associate with the kitchen. But that's cooking too.' To prove a point, we are talking in an upstairs room at the Hinds Head, his traditional dark-wood pub across the road from the Fat Duck, where the menu is all potted shrimps, oxtail-and-kidney pudding and Eton mess.

Still, there's no doubting that it's his interest in science, and his ability to popularise it, which has turned him into a star - and in a relatively short period of time. It is only just over a decade since the self-trained Blumenthal, who turned 40 this year, opened his own restaurant - the only one he has ever worked in, apart from a few stages in a handful of other establishments. Back then the Fat Duck was a simple bistro, serving classic French dishes. His more unusual creations came later, winning him his first Michelin star in 1998, his second in 2001 and the all-coveted third in 2004. That year the Fat Duck also came top of the annual 50 Best Restaurants in the World list, voted for by his peers.

Today he is getting used to a new-found celebrity, and the knowledge that his book of the series is a Christmas bestseller. 'I do get stopped in the street,' he admits. 'But I suppose if it's alright for a chef to write a book it's alright to do TV. To be honest I was very surprised by the positive response.' After all it's a TV cooking show which is actually about cooking. Viewers - particularly men, who are not big watchers of TV food shows - have been taken by his enthusiasm and his geeky attachment to experiments. 'The main thing for me was how much I learnt doing the series,' he says. There will almost certainly be another.

He has mixed feelings as to his wider influence on food in Britain. He accepts that, by pairing mustard ice creams with red-cabbage gazpacho, sprinkling cocoa powder over cauliflower risotto and making snail porridge, he has pushed back the boundaries on flavour combinations. 'It's the diners who have become most open. Six or seven years ago when I put a crab ice cream on my menu, it was regarded as the devil. Now if something like that was done for the first time I don't think anybody would bat an eyelid.'

As to his influence on young chefs he is less certain. Though he is too diplomatic to name anyone, he is clear that some terrible things are being done to food in the name of innovation. 'The danger is that technology overtakes the value of the dish.' So has he eaten dishes on the future-food agenda which have troubled him? 'Yes. There are people out there who are completely missing the point.' And then he adds. 'I'm really worried someone's going to do something really stupid and then everyone will point at me and say it's all your fault.' It's one of the reasons he and Adrià and the others came up with their declaration of intent. As it says, 'Our beliefs and commitments are sincere and do not follow the latest trend.' That said, they have acknowledged that they have a part to play in what they call 'the history of tomorrow'. Time, then, to ask the man who has shown us the future of food, what else is to come. 'Hydrocolloids will still play a big part,' he says. Hydro-what? 'They're the things which make foams and jellies set or hold.' He also thinks there will be a revolution in our understanding of how the tongue experiences tastes. 'We're quite close to throwing out the theory of five tastes,' he says. 'Researchers have found 21 receptors for bitterness on the tongue. There's a growing argument that fat is a taste.' All of this will change the way chefs flavour their dishes.

But the biggest development will be in what he calls 'sensory design'. No longer will eating out just be about putting stuff in our mouths and deciding whether it's nice. 'Eating is a multi-sensory experience. We're working with Sony to develop a directional speaker to push sound at diners in a particular way while they are eating.' They have also worked with a close-up magician to bring some of his stage craft into the dining room. So far the maître d' has learnt how to turn a rose petal into an egg at the table which can then be cracked into liquid nitrogen to be whisked up to smoky-bacon ice cream. (The egg is back-filled with the ice cream mixture in advance.)

But Blumenthal's real enthusiasm is reserved for what he calls his sweet shop. 'I wanted to find a way to extend the experience of coming to the Fat Duck so it's not just about sitting in the restaurant. I want people to have fun and to do that you have to get them excited. When I'm excited I'm like a kid in a sweet shop.' How then to use that simile to make the punters feel the same way? 'What will happen is that, when they book, they'll be sent a card with a website address and their own special code, plus atomiser.' The website is a virtual sweet shop, complete with tinkly entry bell, and in the atomiser is the smell of a real one. 'Spray the smell, go online, fill a virtual bag full of virtual Fat Duck sweets.' It's all about building anticipation. When they arrive at the restaurant the same smell of the sweetshop will be sprayed on the doorposts, and there will be the tinkle of the entry bell. 'We're may hang candy canes from the trees on the country roads into Bray.' And, as everyone leaves, at the end of their meal, they'll be given a bag of the sweets they chose on the site to go home with.

It will take a lot of work to get it up and running. It may even expand slightly the number of staff at the Fat Duck which remarkably has already topped 50, for a restaurant which can seat only 40 people at a time. But it also sounds like fun, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has been lucky enough to eat at the Fat Duck. Yes, a meal there is delicious and intriguing, but it's also very entertaining. In their statement, Blumenthal and his colleagues quote the 18th-century French gastronome Brillat-Savarin who wrote that 'the discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star'. Blumenthal may be using kit that would look more at home in the laboratory than the kitchen. He may be combining flavours in a way that will surprise and disorientate. But if it's not good eating, he's not interested, however futuristic it might be. And who could argue with that?

To order Heston Blumenthal's In Search of Perfection for £18 with free UK p&p (Bloomsbury, rrp £20), call 0870 836 0885, observer.co.uk/bookshop.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/foodmonthly/futureoffood/story/0,,1969722,00.html

And what about some Smoked Bacon and Egg Ice Cream, Pain Perdu, and Tea Jelly ?

A burst of flavour

Boil it, fry it, braise it or roast it: you don't have to be a rocket scientist to recognize that how you prepare and cook any ingredient will affect just how much of its integral taste will remain in the finished dish

Heston Blumenthal
Saturday June 1, 2002

Guardian

Flavour encapsulation sounds like something in a sci-fi film, but it is, in fact, a vital element in both food manufacturing and my cooking. So what is it? The best way to explain it is with what I call my coffee bean theory. Make a cup of coffee with one ground coffee bean - it will taste horribly insipid. Now take the cup and fill it with hot water; just before you drink it, pop a coffee bean into your mouth, crunch it and then drink the water. This time, the coffee flavour will be far stronger and last in the mouth a lot longer. The experiment shows that a coffee bean delivers a far greater flavour eaten whole than when ground up in a cup of hot water. Effectively, the flavour is encapsulated in the whole bean but dispersed in the water.

This approach is used extensively in food manufacturing, in many cases probably unintentionally. Think about a bar of milk chocolate with nuts and raisins in it - their flavour is invariably encapsulated within the bar. If the nuts and raisins were puréed and mixed into the chocolate, they would not provide anywhere near the same flavour.

The same applies to marmalade - it wasn't so long ago that it was marketed as containing "real" orange pieces, as perfect an example of flavour encapsulation as you could wish for. I apply the approach extensively in the restaurant because it's an essential tool in the crusade against palate fatigue. (I'll talk more about palate fatigue in future articles, but in essence it's when you become bored with what you eat.)

Recipes serve four.

Bacon and egg ice cream

This forms part of a dessert served at the restaurant. It's a twist on breakfast: caramelized brioche in place of toast, tomato and red pepper compote for jam, chewy salted butter caramel with wild mushrooms, and this ice cream, all washed down with a small cup of jellied Earl Grey. The idea stemmed from thinking about why some ice cream tastes of egg. I came to the conclusion that it's because the custard is overcooked. When you cook custard, the heat makes the proteins in the egg coagulate, which thickens the mix. If you continue cooking the custard, it will scramble, with the proteins completely clumped together. Egg yolk sets at 72C. So, by cooking the custard to 82C or more, as advised in many traditional recipes, the proteins begin to coagulate. Although the custard may still look liquid, tiny clumps of protein will have formed. And so, according to the coffee bean theory, the custard will be full of little bursts of egg flavour.

All of which got me thinking about how to exploit this eggy flavour, and so this recipe was born. The other parts of the dessert (bar the caramel/mushroom dish) follow, because the ice cream needs them to deliver the full impact of the breakfast dessert. And yes, you do need this many egg yolks; use the whites to make the chocolate fondant from the March 9 issue. These quantities make around one liter.

300g sliced streaky smoked bacon
1 litre full fat milk
25g skimmed milk powder
24 egg yolks
50g liquid glucose
175g unrefined caster sugar

Roast the bacon in an oven at 180C until slightly browned. Place in cold milk and leave to marinate overnight. Tip the milk and bacon into a casserole, and add the milk powder. Put the egg yolks, glucose and sugar in a mixing bowl and, using an electric whisk, mix at high speed until white and increased in volume.

Heat the milk and bacon mix to simmering and, with the whisk still going, pour a little on to the yolks. Tip this back into the milk pan, and cook over a lowish heat until it hits 85C. Hold at this temperature for 30 seconds, then remove from the heat. Cool the mixture down by stirring it over ice, tip into a blender and liquidize until smooth. Pass through a sieve and churn.

Caramelised brioche

The breakfast toast in the dessert, but also delicious served with caramelized apples, bananas or chocolate sauce.

1 dssp unrefined caster sugar (plus 20g or so extra for dusting)
250ml whole milk
2 soupspoons white rum (optional)
3 eggs
75g unsalted butter
1 loaf brioche

Mix 1 dssp sugar, milk, rum and eggs in a bowl. Clarify the butter, heating it gently in a pan or microwave. When melted, leave to stand for 10 minutes. Carefully scrape off the white skin that forms on the surface and discard it. Pour the clarified butter through a fine sieve or tea strainer.

Heat the butter in a frying pan. Dip the brioche in the milk/sugar mix for a minute or so, then place in the hot pan. Cook, turning regularly, until lightly colored. Sprinkle with the extra sugar and caramelize lightly before serving.

Tomato and red pepper 'jam'

5 ripe tomatoes
1 red pepper
50g icing sugar
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
Splash of white-wine vinegar
10ml olive oil
2 coffee beans

Blanch, peel, deseed and dice the tomatoes. Peel, deseed and dice the pepper. Put everything in a pan and marinate for 24 hours. Cook very slowly on a low heat, until dry and jam-like.

Tea jelly

Of course, you do not need to use all of these different teas - amend as you wish.

250ml water
45g unrefined caster sugar
1 green tea bag
1 lemon verbena tea bag
2 Earl Grey tea bags
10-15ml lemon juice
2 gelatin leaves
5g citric acid (optional)

Bring the water and sugar to the boil, and remove from the heat. Add the tea bags, stir gently and leave to infuse for five minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and add the lemon juice. Meanwhile, soften the gelatin in cold water. When soft, gently squeeze out the water and add the gelatin to the warm tea (along with the citric acid, if using). Stir until the gelatin has dissolved, then pour into cups and refrigerate until set.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2008

Take a look a' this ! Show Cooking...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

more of tribute to Claudia 2008

The Bull is killed, the job is done, let 2009 begin...

cheese dish from Bau

Simple but so good, believe me. Smoked and roasted meat with other delights, from Bau...

Bau's sweet thing ...

In Action !
TV Reporter : Joana Latino ! She likes our food ! We like her !


Sabine ! Pâtissier...

Lili ! Entremettiez ...

Caviar and friends by Bau

Bau's foi gras


Lollipop , gourmet style



Délice Nicolas Isnar
œuf Nicolas !

Lobster by Hangar 7 team
Nicolas Isnar and Koschina

Hangar 7 Chefs with Koschina

Le couple !

Friday, February 15, 2008

Christian Bau, the youngest 3 star Chef in Germany !


During Tribute to Claudia 2008 in Vila Joya, I had the rare opportunity to work with this great Chef. He his the youngest Chef to get the 3 star from the Red Guide Michelin.
Very simple, but full of content, I loved his masterpieces and it was a honnor for me to have helped him, during this day.

Monday, February 11, 2008

beaualalouche blog: Macarons de Pierre Hermé

Recette de Pierre Hermé, Larousse du chocolat

J’ai obtenu 60 macarons de 4-4,5 cm de diamètre environ

1ère étape : faire la ganache au chocolat

300g de beurre mou
320g de chocolat noir
220 mL de lait

Écraser le beurre à la fourchette et le malaxer jusqu’à ce qu’il devienne mou et onctueux.
Hacher le chocolat, le mettre dans un saladier.
Porter le lait à ébullition, en verser un peu sur le chocolat, mélanger doucement et ajouter ainsi le reste du lait.
Quand le mélange a tiédi, ajouter petit à petit le beurre mou, mélanger doucement sans trop travailler la pâte pour garder une texture moelleuse.

Mettre un film sur le saladier et conserver la ganache au frais.

2ème étape : préparer les macarons

480g de sucre glace
280g de poudre d’amande
40g de cacao en poudre non sucré
7 blancs d’œufs

Tamiser le sucre glace avec le cacao.
Hermé préconise de tamiser aussi la poudre d’amande, pour moi ça ne marche pas, ce ne passe pas à travers le tamis alors en fait, je passe la poudre au mixer pour qu’elle soit encore plus fine.
Mélanger le tout.
Monter les blanc en neige, y incorporer délicatement le mélange cacao-sucre-amande.

Remplir la poche à douille de cette pâte et répartir des ronds de 4 cm de diamètre (ou plus ou moins selon le résultat attendu) sur une plaque de four tapissée de papier sulfurisé.
A noter : la première fois que j’ai fait des macarons, je n’avais pas de poche à douille, j’ai fais mes tas de pâte à la petite cuillère et ça avait vraiment très bien marché.

Laisser reposer 15 min à température ambiante et préchauffer pendant ce temps le four à 140°C (thermostat 4-5).

3ème étape: la cuisson

Enfourner et laisser cuire 15 min (ça c’est pour les macarons d’à peu près 4 cm de diamètre, ensuite il faut adapter) en maintenant la porte du four entrouverte grâce à une cuillère en bois (pour éviter que la surface des macarons craquelle).

Sortir du four, soulever un coin de papier sulfurisé et faire couler un filet d’eau froide sur la plaque. Cela permet de décoller facilement les macarons. Les laisser refroidir sur une grille.

Vu la quantité, il faut faire plusieurs fournées, je conseille de re-mélanger la pâte à chaque fois avant de remplir votre poche à douille.

4ème étape : assemblage

Garnir la base plate d’un macaron avec la ganache et poser un autre macaron dessus.
Disposer les macarons ainsi obtenus dans un plat, couvrir de papier film et essayer de les laisser deux jours au frigo avant de les croquer…


Mais moi je préfère de les manger tout suite


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It's cold out there !

Certificate from Marc Meneau L'Esperance

Certificate from Vila Joya !

And that's it


After 2 years and 7 months, it is time for me to move on and continue my cooking adventure.
I am leaving Vila Joya within the next few months. I have signed in very many online job sites. I know that I have talent and charisma, I believe in myself. I will succeed !
I am looking forward to meet and work with great Chefs.

I kiss and hug all the Vila Joya staff, for all their love and care, some more than others, but all have my heart with them forever from now onwards.

I thank Chef Murat for all the support that he has given me during my wonderful stay in Vila Joya's kitchen. You are like a brother to me.

I thank Great Chef Koschina with all my heart, for all his recommendations and for letting me in his cooking world, where I learn so much.

I also thank Gebhard for trusting me all these years and helping me find a new place to work in.

Last but not least, Joy, I thank you for you to exist. You provided me with a time of bliss for almost 3 years. I can never pay you back. I hope that life goes where you want it to go to, and enjoy the ride. Please keep in touch.

I hope that I made a difference.

Bye...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sunday, January 13, 2008

News Interview of Chefs and me !

video

Happy birthday Horny Potatoe !

Yes ! She is one of our Entremetier Cooks and her birthday is today !

Happy birthday , Horny Potatoe, or Lili as we call her !

Once more into the breach !

Well, tonight I will continue to work in my working place at 6 PM. Thomas Dorfer will be the Chef in charge of the kitchen. I'll make photos and videos if I have time, and will show them to you here tomorrow.

See ya !

I was interviwed by National TV !

That's true !
RTP and SIC, two of our 4 national TV Stations, were in our Restaurant because of the Festival going on this week, and they have interviewed me for the daily news !
I am famous now ! Please talk with my agent ! It's the same as Ferran Adriá's !

Stars, here I go !

LOL !
I'm so full of __it...

And what you know... ?

And what you know, it happened...
I don't know if it was by talking and writing about it, (my last article) but tonight I had a dream so real that I thought that I was really there... having a meal with my parents... Thank you, who ever you are, I owe you one million euros.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Life's like that !

Hey !

How are you all? good? Hope so...
We are getting ready for this weeks event in Vila Joya and the stress level is peaking up.
What will I learn from these Chefs? Are they any good out of their kitchens? I'm sure that the answer is yes.
Believe me when I say that my best meals were taken at my grandmothers tables both in Lisbon and in Herdade da Pacheca. Even a piece of bread and a bowl of warm soup of those days would fill me and my soul better and more than any food prepared by Bocuse or Meneau, with all dew respect, off course.
That's why food is not only food, you know? Food is all that has to do with it. We are not filling up the tank with the best Gasoline available ! We are not machines, taste machines... We are humans with taste, eyes, feelings and memories and at the very end: stomachs !

I would save, or steal 1 million Euros, if I knew that I could buy another of those moments with my grannies or my mom. And the only stars would be on the corner of my eyes.

Know what I mean...?

So, call your mom or granny and ask her to cook something for you as soon as possible and live and remember those moments for ever.
Then tell me about it.

Good food is in your brain as well, as everything.

Always sharpen your knifes

Onion and Gatorade to power iPod ...

Cooking Breakfast 1930

Gordon Ramsey's Scrambled Eggs

Pulp Fiction Breakfast Scene !

ratatouille

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tributo a Cláudia 2008 no Vila Joya ! (Lusa)


Alta Cozinha: 12 dos maiores chefes do Mundo no Algarve para participar em festival gastronómico no Vila Joya

Faro, 06 Jan (Lusa) - Doze dos melhores chefes de alta cozinha do Mundo vão estar no Algarve para participar a partir do próximo domingo, dia 13, a 2ª edição do Festival gastronómico "Tribute to Cláudia", no hotel-restaurante Vila Joya, em Albufeira.

Além do chefe Dieter Koschina - que elevou aquele espaço situado junto à Praia da Galé, Albufeira, ao estatuto de único restaurante português com duas estrelas no Guia Michelin -, confeccionarão ementas outros 11 chefes, a maioria deles jovens com idades entre os 30 e os 36 anos, todos com menções no mesmo guia.

É o caso de Christian Bau, o mais jovem cozinheiro alemão a receber as três estrelas Michelin, e uma das grandes esperanças da cozinha mundial.

"Na edição do ano passado, que assinalou os 25 anos da Vila Joya, o êxito foi tão grande que decidimos institucionalizar o festival", explicou o director do empreendimento, Gebhard Schachermayer, durante a apresentação do certame à imprensa.

Por outro lado, trata-se de "um acontecimento único em Portugal, graças à reputação dos chefes internacionais presentes", assinalou o chefe austríaco Dieter Koschina.

Criado também como forma de homenagem à fundadora da Vila Joya, Cláudia Jung, o festival - que decorre de 13 a 19 de Janeiro - consta da apresentação diária de um menu de sete pratos, a cargo de cada um dos chefes presentes, a quem competirá também a selecção dos vinhos, de origem nacional.

O preço de cada jantar varia entre os 180 e 250 euros, de acordo com o estatuto dos chefes, mas este ano a direcção do Vila Joya decidiu doar 50 euros desse valor a uma instituição de solidariedade social do Algarve, ainda a designar.

Durante a apresentação do festival, foi lançado também o livro "The Book of Joy", com fotografias de Paulo Barata e Vasco Célio, tiradas durante a azáfama que se viveu no festival de 2007 na cozinha do Vila Joya.

Trata-se de duas perspectivas distintas sobre o ambiente, a tensão e o humor que se viveu em cada noite do certame, na óptica de dois fotógrafos profissionais com ligações ao Algarve.

No início do festival, a 13 Janeiro, o menu estará por conta de Thomas Dorfer, 2 estrelas Michelin, que trabalha como Chef principal no Landhaus Bachen, na aldeia de Matern, na província de Wachau, Áustria, a que se segue, dia 14, Mario Lohninger, 1 estrela Michelin, proprietário dos restaurantes Silk Bed e Micro, no CocoonClub, em Frankfurt, Alemanha.

Dia 15 Janeiro, terça-feira, será a vez de Christian Baú, 3 estrelas Michelin, que trabalha no restaurante Schloss Berg, num castelo renascentista no Sarre (Alemanha), junto à fronteira com França.

No dia seguinte, quarta-feira, 16 Janeiro, os sete pratos do menu serão da responsabilidade de Nicolas Isnard, 1 estrela Michelin, Chef executivo do restaurante La Cedraie, no Chateau de Curzay, um hotel Relais/Chateau no vale do Loire, entre Paris e Bordéus.

A 17 de Janeiro, será a vez de um autêntico festival "dentro do festival", designado Koschina & Friends , com Marc Meneau (3 estrelas Michelin), uma das personalidades mais famosas e influentes da cozinha francesa que recentemente colaborou com Sofia Coppola em "Marie Antoinette", que é proprietário do restaurante L`Esperance, em Saint-Père-Sous-Vézelay, na Borgonha, considerado uma referência na gastronomia internacional.

Na mesma noite, estarão ainda na cozinha Eric Chavot (2 estrelas Michelin), Chef executivo do The Capitol, em Londres, Peter Knogl (1 estrela Michelin), do restaurante Trianon, no Lago Kempinski, em Génova, Suíça, Jörg Wörther (18 pontos no Guia Gault Millau), do restaurante Carpe Diem, em Salzburgo, Áustria, Roland Trettl (1 estrela Michelin), chefe executivo do Ikarus, no Hangar7 da Red Bull, Áustria e Peter Schachermayer (15 pontos no Guia Gault Millau, proprietário do restaurante St. Peter, no Motel Dietrichsteinnermot, em Carinthia, Áustria.

Dia 18 Janeiro, estará no comando das operações gastronómicas Martin Klein (1 estrela Michelin) que é Chef no restaurante Ikarus, no Hangar7, da Red Bull, em Áustria, desde 2003, ao lado dos mediáticos Roland Trettle e de Eckart Wittzigmann.

No último dia de certame, sábado 19 de Janeiro, a equipa do Vila Joya promete uma surpresa aos que decidirem pagar 215 euros para provar o jantar final da edição de 2008 do festival.

JMP.

Lusa/Fim

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