Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy halloween! eat, drink and be scary!.....and another award!

An edible dark chocolate ( yes the martini glass is all chocolate!) with chocolate mascarpone mousse.

Neither shaken, nor stirred but definitely whipped!

Peanut butter boy is sending out a call for all your favorite peanut butter creations and is also trying to create awareness for the millions of people that starve daily!!! This is serious, so please click on the peanut butter jar and visit his site. You have until Nov. 30th to send in your recipes!

Chocolate peanut butter caramel wafer cookies and my crafty fondant pumpkins.
( See recipe below)

Decadent frozen malted hot chocolate in a real glass ha! ha!
( Like Serendipity's)
Serendipity was the highlight of my New york travels!

3D martini mold

Here's wishing all you witches, warlocks, gargoyles, ghouls etc... a frightfully good Halloween!

I am invited to a Halloween party and was asked to make chocolate desserts. This was my very first chocolate 3D martini glass and boy! did I struggle! Chocolate is nothing like soap at all! I am such a wizard with my soap creations! Chocolate is way more unstable( temperamental) and it also has to be tempered. The cup ( hollow) part of the glass kept on breaking as I unmolded it. I can mold little chocolate objects with ease like in my " Livin la vita coca post"
Well, as you can see I finally got it right hooray! I hate giving up on anything, so I tried and tried again. Now I have to make about 19 more for the party!

Chocolate mascarpone mousse
  • Dark chocolate
  • Organic heavy whipping cream
  • mascarpone
Melt about 6oz chocolate and let cool. Whip up about 1 cup cold cream and 1/2 c mascarpone for about a minute, add the slightly cooled melted chocolate and whip further until the mousse holds its integrity.

Frozen malted hot chocolate
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Organic whipping cream
  • Milo
  • Malted milk powder
  • chocolate shavings
  • ice cubes
  • Organic milk
Heat 2 cups milk on low until lukewarm, whisk in 4t milo and 2t malted milk powder, then take off heat and allow to cool . Pour about 1/2 c cream into blender and the milo mixture and blend. While the motor is running add ice cubes one at a time( about 2 cups), until mixture is slightly thickened. Pour into glasses with a scoop of chocolate ice cream, a little whipped cream, shavings and melted chocolate as garnish.

Chocolate peanut butter caramel wafer cookies
  • 24 ice cream wafers ( I either use the ones imported from Denmark called " Loacker"( available at Cost Plus world market or sometimes my family sends me ones from South Africa.
  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 1/2 c condensed milk
  • 1 oz organic unsalted butter
  • 1T Lyle's golden syrup ( British product)
  • 3t smooth peanut butter
Cover an 11in x 7in sheet pan with aluminum. Cover the pan with the wafer cookies until it completely covers the pan, cutting the wafers so that it is a perfect fit, then remove the wafers and set aside.Melt the chocolate and 1/2 oz of the butter in a bain marie( water bath) and then cover the base of the cookie sheet with half of the melted chocolate and arrange half of the wafers over this and refrigerate. Add the golden syrup, remainder of the butter and the condensed milk to a saucepan and stir continuously over low heat until mixture begins to bubble, continue stirring 3 more minutes, then add the peanut butter. Spread the caramel over the wafers, arrange the remainder of the wafers over this and last but not least spread with remaining melted chocolate. Refrigerate for 30 mins and cut into desired shapes. These cookies are a cross between Reeses and a kit kat but not that sweet!

All I can say is that I truly enjoyed these dark chocolate goodies. They were not overly sweet because I did after all use the dark chocolate! I know my friends at the party will all be lured to my rich dark desserts and if not I shall cast a spell on them !

Do you think that I am a true chocoholic????

Well Reeni seem to think so because she passed this award on to me! Many thanks Reeni!!!

I am paying it forward to:

If I forgot anyone, please just come and claim it, with love from me!!!

Nazarina A

A crooked house in Sopot, Poland. (Vacation spot by the Baltic sea, Poland is where my Sweetie's from)
Can you imagine having a Halloween party in this place?!!!


Chefkiwiberry said...


The good i liked is the presentation , better was the professional photography, the best was the title "be scary"

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, fantastic! Really beautiful and festive!



Yasmeen said...

The edible martini with chocolate is truly a work of a Pro. chocoholic:).

Thanks for passing the award,I'm a chocoholic ,dark chocolate that is:)

Hope you have spoooky Halloween,the crooked house does look like a hot spot for a Halloween party.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you so very much for thinking of me for the award dear. I love the title of the post. Anything with chocolate easily goes down my throat. This is simply awesome.

Snooky doodle said...

thanks alot for the awad :-) I m a true chocoholic. The edible glass is really nice . I didn t realise at first it was edible :-)

n33ma said...

OMG!those look so good.I especially loved the martini glasses edible...why not yummy........and also the caramel wafer cookies.

mikky said...

very creative of you!!! :)

Couture Carrie said...

Thanks for thinking of me, GG! I AM a chocoholic indeed.

That Serendipity re-creation is fabulous; I can't imagine how difficult that skinny martini glass mold must have been to work with - you are truly talented!

I am a total architecture buff, and I had never seen that crooked house before, so thanks for introducing it to me :)

Happy Halloween!


ncfoodie said...

You're a chocolate artist! Amazing work.
Thank you so much for the award!! Yes, I'm a serious chocoholic. I like to create a custom box from Sees Candies -- all dark, please!

Helene said...

This is so cute! I like this. Also, thanks for the award. That's sweet of you.

Sweetiepie said...

I haven't started baking any Halloween dessert yet!I like the fondant pumpkins.They looks so pretty.Is the martini glass really edible?So real,I can't believe that is real.At first I thought you use photo editor to make the house crooked.Then to look at it the 2nd and 3rd times ..oh no!it's real!!!Thank you for the another award..Now my awards are piling up!hehe!

Angela said...

Thanks for the award! These recipes are so festive and tasty looking. Fantastic work!

Freya and Paul said...

Crikey! We were fooled by the chocolate martini glass. You've certainly raised the bar for photogenic food and all of it looks delicious as well.
Thanks for stopping by our place! We'll be back to yours.

Mansi said...

OMG! those look absolutely stunning! and I love the idea:) congrats on the award too!

PS: thanks for your wonderful comment on my pumpkin cocktail:)

Anonymous said...

Wow! These are fabulous.Gorgeous pictures

Dawn said...

wow a definite work of art here. who was the lucky person to eat the martini? Those wafers are something I crave in the middle of the night.
It's obvious you are a chocoholic, like me.
Thank you for the award my dear.:-)

Jacqui said...

Oh my God! how wickedly decadant. I think you are well worthy of the title Chocoholic. Please treat the title very seriously.

Anjum said...

Asak nazarina...sweetie ur so good at deserts and baking!!!...n ofcourse how can't i go drooling over ur photograps...the post was awesome..u must b having a blast at the party...n thanks so much for passing the award to honoured

Reeni said...

So that's the latest masterpiece you've been working on! Those are so cool and no dishes to wash! My favorite is chocolate and peanut butter; those cookies look scrumptious as does the mousse! I think the award is very fitting. You did an awesome job. Have fun at the party!

Jo said...

These recipes are to die for Nazarina! Especially the martini mousse, lush!

I made homemade fudge last month from Hershy real cocoa! My one real weakness, though I'm trying to stay with recipes with less calories. I'm sure your pary will be a big success.

The picture of the house is great, my daughter would love it. She loves all that haunted house stuff! Thank you for the award!

Manggy said...

Very well done Nazarina! Good luck on the other 19 glasses, gulp! A good temper and a trip to the freezer should help. Everything looks delicious-- I feel like I should be dieting just looking at them! ;)

josephinechoo said...

You really creative,nice jobs..

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

hello nazarina! you're simply amazing! i am so amazed by your chocolate treats. I love them all!! yummmm!!!

and thanks for the award! i am definitely a chocoholic! thanks, dear!! :)

ochikeron said...

Hello! Your Halloween recipes are amazing!!! I love colors you use. Very beautiful and festive :)

This crooked house is fun!!!

maybelle's mom said...

How hilariously halloween. delicious.

Couture Carrie said...

Hey N it's CC again - I forgot to mention that you can purchase those adorable umbrellas at Fred Flare:


hot garlic said...

Hey! Thanks for the award! I LOVED these Halloween creations. I've never seen any like them and they are sheer genius!

Please remind me about this award if I forget to post about it next post. Okay? Thanks!

Hopie said...

That building makes me eyes hurt! Is it really built like that?! As for your beautiful Halloween goodies, yum!!

Anonymous said...

Hiya BFF!!! Now this is fun!!! Fun and delicious, anything you touch is fabulous, you know that right?

Who wouldn't love an edible martini. AHH.. serendipity was a theme for my wedding (based on how we met) and and the fabulous frozen hot chocolate, and you re-created it, you are fabulous. Thank you so much N, I really needed those vibes you sent me and I will never forget those words of encouragement.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Wow everything looks fantastic. You did a tremenddous job and you are so creative.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Thanks for the award Nazarina. *hugs*

I cant believe thts a choc martini glass! I bet they'r gonna be the bomb at the halloween party. So, wht are you going as? *wink*

BGF said...

I'm so happy to have discovered your blog, Nazarina!
Your chocolate mousse martini is to die for (or live for!).
Very creative offerings, here — nice presentation!

The Food Hunter said...

Thanks so much for the award. I am a chocoholic at heart. Love that crooked house.

meeso said...

Congratulations on the award! This post is tempting me, as I am a chocoholic and it looks SOOOO perfectly chocolatey!

tallmisto said...

Absolutely beautiful desserts. I love the martini glass!

Mandy said...

thanks so much for thinking of me. And yes! I am a chocoholic. :D

Tny said...

Chocolate peanut butter caramel wafer cookies..

Wow!!! The name is so long..
Always love to see your food creations =)

Heart of Rachel said...

Those are delectable Halloween treats.

That crooked house is amazing.

Mohamed Suhail said...

thanks for visiting you ..keep visiting and comment on posts too :-)...but do follow my primary blog too ..

Happy Halloween and Advance Thanksgiving to you and your family ..

Passionate About Baking said... are a totally spooktacular chocolholic...what a boo-tiful spread this is! Love the crooked house too...great post!