Caramelized Thoughts In Media Again

 

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Gulf Food Exhibition

Gulf Food Exhibition

EC Women E-Magazine

EC Women E-Magazine

A phone call and a long chat about the blog with a local reporter about the progress of my food blog resulted in an amazing article in the local newspaper Alghad  I was totally excited and happy about it. I would like to thank Ghaida Hammoudeh for the brilliant work she has done to describe the achievements of Caramelized Thoughts as a blog and my progress as a Jordanian blogger.

.أود ان اشكر الصحفيه اللامعة غيداء حموده على المقال الرائع عن أفكار من كاراميل في صحيفة الغد يوم الأربعاء الماضي وعن انجازاته في المنطقة

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Caramelized Thoughts In Local Media

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Working on a food blog where by people won’t stop asking to try your food, you end up participating in a local festival for innovative ideas and do events that everyone enjoys!

Follow the links below to see the photos:

In Magazines 

At The New Think Festival 

It has been so much fun interacting with people and seeing the way everyone has their own way in dealing with food and everything else is connected to it.

Loving Wishes To All

Lama

First Fundraising Event In Support Of LH4Cancer Campaign

The First Fundraising Event Slip

I am not a chef but wanted to share my passion with people and arranged this cooking class to manage and collect donations for a brilliant cause. You can check the http://www.cancerpledges.com/SelectPledge.aspx?P_ID=35 their website for more details.

You can check the rest of the photos from the cooking class on https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.141356569370729.1073741825.119626168210436&type=3

Amman, Restaurants, Cafes & The Never Ending Dilemma

I am quite sure most of us enjoy their time with friends and families somewhere outside the vicinity of their homes. We all need a fresh setting, a different taste, a new adventure and to all that there is a certain frequency, need and set up budget. Every now and then you hear about a new restaurant opening up in Amman (and it happens a lot) they start amazing, perfect food, nice setting and all that, you enjoy a couple of outings and decide it’s a great place for that needed time out but does it really last???

I have been back from the UK after my studies for almost 4 years and I have always found the same issue happening over and over again. You pick a restaurant and enjoy its food and atmosphere but then suddenly a few months later the quality goes down hill, you feel like you are not getting value for money anymore and you end up in the search again for a new place. This endless loop is annoying for most people around me as much as it is to me, it’s a waste of energy, time and also a disappointment on a night out.

Some people with budgets for outings would be able to afford an outing per month to a high quality, top end and probably expensive place to eat, while others (the bigger group) look for places with great quality food, nice atmosphere and affordable prices (which is not easy to find in Amman). You go to a place you enjoy the cozy atmosphere, you order a bowl of soup and end up with all sorts of results, sometimes plastic bits somehow found their way into it, other times it’s too watery and maybe even thick pudding like substance. Going to salads, you always face the same mistake around drenched, soggy ingredients that neither look appealing nor taste any good. As for main meals, where should I start? I’ve been served uncooked sauteed vegetables, completely raw meat (I ordered it medium), cold fish, bland dry chicken and better yet sometimes the wrong meal all together.

Where are we going wrong? When does a restaurant go down hill? Do they change their ingredients in search for saving up on their budget? Do the staff members get bored with the dishes they make? Do they hire kitchen helpers who are not qualified? I cannot answer any of that but it saddens me to see it happen all the time.

Do you know what puzzles me the most? A barista (person who makes coffee) is supposed to have a clue about the coffee kinds and ways to make them to say the least, before even figuring out the best way to make them, yet you find him/her working in a high end place but serving you a latte convincing you it is a cappuccino and insisting that you know nothing about it. Service varies from lazy, rude, inattentive up to too busy to come serve you I have an important conversation with my other working colleagues.

One might say it is a series of mishaps here and there, maybe a case of Murphy’s Law but the sad truth it’s a recurring issue with everyone around. Beginning today I shall take it upon myself to visit places in Amman, rate, evaluate and will have no problem criticizing what I see wrong. I will share you with the experience and inform you of my thoughts. If you have a place to start in mind, please share it with me in the comments.

Lovely Weekend To All.

Lama

The Log Hunt & The Christmas Precision (1)

Several weeks back sitting at the lunch table with my parents, mother announced “I want to invite the whole family to ours at Christmas.” I go quiet speculating what is coming next, of course it did ” Lama you are to create new recipes and make food for the dinner, look up stuff” I have been overwhelmed at work and felt like I have the opportunity to finally get into the festive mood.

I started looking up seasonal salads and delightful additions to the table which was fun till I reached the dessert. I stopped there and in my head visions of ginger bread cookies, Christmas fruit cake and Yule Log passed through. The Log stuck in my head for a while, I always wondered how they make that, I finally made a decision to look for the best one in Amman to add to the Christmas Eve Menu.

I looked around and asked a lot, some looked unappealing others too over priced, the price runs from 22++ up to around 32++ JDs for a cake that would feed 10 people in thin slices. After a while, the idea hit me I should just make it myself and go on with making it my own, but what if it would not turn out nice? The chances happened to drag me to Sheraton Amman Hotel at the right time and I got to meet some of the best F&B specialists in town. It was set, I will make the first Yule Log and take it there for evaluation.

As I pondered on the idea, my heart would start racing and it was finally a make it or break it deal. I managed to bake, roll, spread and coat. The Log was ready decorations looked great, but I did not taste it. Packed it in a bag and headed to meet the chosen panel.

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Arriving there I had half a heart to just leg it back to my car and save myself the embarrassing encounter. Reached up to the offices and Mr Stefan Lourens “Deputy General Manager” did the honor of cutting through, and to my surprise and his the roll looked perfect. Plates were served to all and my eyes were following everyone’s reaction, everyone seemed to enjoy it and give their mmmm and niiiice. Feeling relieved and took my first bite, I have to say it was definitely a flavorful bite, the dark chocolate fudge and creamy filling were perfect.

Time for the judgment, taken to Mr Stefan’s office I sit down anxiously waiting for his statement and to my delight he says:

“Visually appealing with the element of surprise for the roulade as I could not tell what would it be, it triggers the imagination awaiting to see what is inside. The consistency of the chocolate log fudge and the smooth creamy filling were great, the sponge was really good, all in all, one would say a brilliant trial”

As for Mr Marwan Odeh “Food & Beverage Manager”

“The Log had balanced content, looking great. Icing was not too sugary, it melts in the mouth and doesn’t have overpowering sweetness. The oriental touch of pomegranate to the Christmas log made the whole difference”
Mr Firas Turkmani “Assistant Food & Beverage Manager”
” All I can say it was not too sweet which hit the right note of everything”
Carrying all that in confidence I hopped back home looking forward to create a Remarkable Christmas Eve…
To be continued…