Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Mousse Recipe

July 13th, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Puddings and Custards


I’ve told you about the best part of working from home, but I realized I haven’t mentioned some of the not-so-delightful sides. First of all, according to your friends, you no longer have a “job”. What they call a job requires an office - preferably, one with stale coffee and decade-old carpeting. So, when they call you in the middle of the day and invite you out to ...

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L’Orange

L’Orange

May 18th, 2010  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate


An orange-scented chocolate and almond cake covered with a lacquer chocolate glaze. It is called L'Orange and I'm totally in love with it. Here is how it looked like right out of the oven. I couldn't decide for a while whether I should continue with the recipe or cut my losses and start over, but then the kitchen started smelling like an orange grove and I couldn't resist. ...

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast

Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast

May 11th, 2010  | Category: Bread, Chocolate


Here's what I did with two slices of this bread: Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast. All you need is two slices of homemade bread, two tablespoons of peanut butter, four thick slices of banana and two ounces of bittersweet chocolate. The trick is to roughly chop some of the chocolate and shave the rest very finely. The shaved chocolate melts completely and the large pieces remain ...

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Pistachio Eclairs

Pistachio Eclairs

April 13th, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Dessert


I have some very good news. Cafe Fernando was named the "Best Culinary Travel Blog" at Saveur's 1st Annual Food Blog Awards! Many thanks to Saveur for nominating and YOU for voting. Congratulations to all the other winners - it is an honor to be in such great company. This calls for a celebration and the best way I know how is to bake something fantastic. What makes these ...

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Cafe Fernando Turns 4

Cafe Fernando Turns 4

April 02nd, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Memoir/Meme/Misc., Pastry


Today, Cafe Fernando turns four. I remember the day I decided on a name, bought a hosting plan, found a simple Wordpress theme and published my first post, titled "Hello World!" like yesterday. So many great things have happened since then. Things that I couldn't have ever imagined four years ago today. One day I receive an e-mail from a food writer in San Francisco asking for travel advice, ...

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