Thursday, September 30, 2010

INTERNATIONAL BAKING INDUSTRY SHOW



I enjoy trade shows. Both as an exhibitor or as a buyer. Obviously my prime focus would be on related shows that pertain to what I do.
This trip however was for GF PATISSERIE and we attended an amazing bakery show.

Las Vegas is known for putting on excellent trade shows and this one was no exception. I felt a bit out of place, since I really have no relation to bakery equipment short of peeling the paper back so I can eat the cupcake faster.

At this exhibition everything and everybody was on display. I am just showing you a few images, it was truly overwhelming.
Interestingly there were only a handfull of gluten free products/services on display and all of them that Victoria talked to, expressed how busy they have been.

Personally what did I get out of this show? Loads and loads of samples. I ate my way through this show and it was tasty. Don't find that kind of service at my furniture shows in High Point....

As an observation I realized how industrialized this baking business is getting. 95% of the exhibits were related to mass production. Machines bigger than the equipment at a drill site for oil & gas I tell you.
Feed the masses - eat with the classes, could have been the right slogan here.

The other 5% that sort of were in the artisanial side of the business definitely looked out of place at this show. But it was these few booth that were of interest to Victoria. New products to try, a new supplier for this and that and the whole trip was well worth it.






SO MUCH TO EAT, EVERYWHERE


COLORFUL BUT NOT SO TASTY

PISTACHIO BUTTER. AMAZING PRODUCT


THE VANILLA GUYS


A SMALLER CHALLAH PRODUCER


THE CANADIAN ENTRY IN A COMPETITION

ALL THE PACKAGING YOU NEED


PEANUT FLOUR



HOW MANY BUNS A MINUTE CAN THIS MACHINE MAKE?


COMPUTER PROGRAMMED CAKE DECORATOR

SLICE IT, DICE IT



A SELF SERVE BAKERY???

ALL AUTOMATED, HANDS OFF BAKING


TOP OF THE LINE BAKING EQUIPMENT

ROBOT IN A BAKERY, THIS ONE WAS A SORTER AND PICKER ROBOT

Saturday, September 25, 2010

FILIPINO FOOD

Short Pants Plaza. Just off Memorial and 28th Street SE. It's a strip mall that has some interesting eateries as tenants. Not much gluten free, interesting nevertheless. Middle Eastern, Filipino, Indian and African food can be found there.
A while ago Chris from Edmonton posted about his experience with the rather unknown cuisine from the Philippines.


It was on my list to try Filipino food since. Finally made it yesterday. Lolit's is a take out place only, however there are some tables outside which are a great spot to enjoy any of your take out food in this strip mall (Calgary weather permiting) . If less adventurous, there's a Subway. For SURE not GF....

From my days on the cruise ships where plenty of crew members hail from the Philippines, I do vaguely remember eating with them in their crew kitchen once in a while, always tasty, always exotic.
This has not changed. I did not recognize one item on their Menu and had to rely on the owner's advise, which was very good.
To be honest, I have no idea what she gave me. Pork for sure. Tasty chunks in a nice sauce. Vegetables in Shrimp sauce and rice. All gluten free.
She even showed me the package of spices they use to prepare these dishes. Rice flour was the starch, not corn, not wheat. Pretty cool.

For dessert I had sticky rice in a Banana Leaf with Coconut Caramel sauce. VERY sticky and messy to eat, but excellent and also gluten free. It's definitely worth stopping by and trying some of their dishes if you are in the area.
































Wednesday, September 22, 2010

HOW TO MAKE SPAGO'S MOST FAMOUS PIZZA. GLUTEN FREE




THAT'S ALL YOU NEED

EVOO


BRUSH IT ON AND BAKE FOR A FEW

COOK AT HOME! LOVE IT

AS HOT AS POSSIBLE

PREPARE THE SCHMEAR

CAPERS & ONIONS

AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE, WHAT YOU LIKE


SMOKED SALMON





NOT TRUE. ISABELLA DID NOT LIKE IT. BUT THE DOG DID.


Sort of. With some changes and no caviar. But it's similar. AND Gluten Free. I like capers with my smoked salmon, Wolfgang Puck uses red onions, I used green ones. He uses Sour Cream with Dill, I don't like Dill and used Creme Fraiche because it tastes better.

I had the original one at Spago's once and it is amazing. Even with the red onions. Here is a little clip of Mr. Puck, prepping one for Oprah.


http://www.oprah.com/food/Wolfgang-Pucks-Smoked-Salmon-Pizza-Video



Naturally I used GF PATISSERIE'S gluten free Pizza Crust, which you all know is a great choice.
However, if you are not from Calgary and like to use shrink wrap (not in THAT way....), here is another great video of a chef who will show you how to use that shrink wrap when you want to make your own gluten free Pizza crust.

His wife came out with a great cookbook for Celiacs. I really want that book. I really want a signed copy though, but so far I was unable to get a response. Maybe if we all promise to buy a signed copy, we might persuade her to visit Cochrane, AB for a stop on her book tour?
. I know, I know. It's not New York.  But how cool would it be?





Sunday, September 19, 2010

GF PATISSERIE IS CLOSED FOR A WEEK



Just a quick post to all of you. Victoria is headed to Las Vegas on September 25th and the bakery will be closed until the 5th of October, back at it on the 6th.

If you want to stock up, this is the week to do it. GF PATISSERIE will close at 2pm  on Saturday.











Thursday, September 16, 2010

LEARNING TO BAKE GLUTEN FREE



Chris and Ashleigh, another mother daughter team are in Cochrane to learn all about gluten free baking. They are about to open Nourish, Newfoundland's finest gluten free bakery. This is pretty exciting for everybody.
Lauren and Victoria get to cut their chops in teaching and guiding, giving the ladies tips about how to make it extra fine, tasty and overall successfull.

The owners of Nourish are full of vigor and eager to understand the finer things of gluten free baking. Having watched Victoria over the past three years, I think it's pretty close to rocket science. Many of you can relate to it.

The Las Vegas team is next, followed soon by Phoenix. Hectic times.  I think it is time for Victoria to start seriously thinking about selling the Cochrane location and focus on her next step in this gluten free adventure.



NOURISH IN THE HOUSE!


CHRIS AND ASHLEIGH WITH THEIR COACH

NEED A THIRD HAND?

GLUTEN FREE MASTER BAKER LAUREN!


LEARN HOW TO MAKE STAR WARS CUPCAKES

SO SOFT, SO MOIST, SO TASTY

GF CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY SCONES (KATHLEEN'S FAVORITES)

ALL THE GLUTEN FREE BREADS



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TWEET THIS





BECAUSE THE CELIAC HUSBAND DON'T TWITTER




1410 - 4TH STREET SW


NO LULULEMON OUTFITS

MILK TIGER LOUNGE

100% GLUTEN FREE


YES. THIS TOO. 100% GF

AND THIS

HENDRICKS GIN!




Go check it out. You will like it. We did. Victoria loved it.