Well, given how little I have updated my blog recently, I think the original “Hello World” that you see on a new blog is appropriate! Well, I get it, even if you don’t!
So much has been happening. Where to start!
We have upgraded the kitchen a little…my office became part of the new kitchen so I am now sitting in the new office we built at the front of the building. So technically I have a new sparkly office. You wouldn’t think so looking at the chaos…but I can find everything – I promise! Paperwork may not be my strong point – I am creative, I like making things (like messes in the office apparently!) but I have finally bitten the bullet and hired a new administration manager. I feel a little sorry for her having to organise my ‘filing system’. Hehe.
The kitchen is now about 50% bigger, and what a difference it makes! No more tripping over each other, and we can make a LOT of chocolates now…not that you would think so looking at our empty packing room! It’s that time of year where everything we make is snaffled up so fast, it doesn’t have time to sit on the shelves. We had a great time developing a few new products this Christmas (SEE HERE for the products – more will be added over time), and my favourite has to be the After Dinner Mint Bottles – pictured as the feature for this blog post.
OK, so new kitchen, new office, and new admin. Woohoo! I also managed to take a full week off on holiday – off to Waiheke Island for some much needed rejuvenation – figure if the factory had an upgrade, I should too! And I am feeling much better for it – clear headed, focused and ready for the mad rush that has descended. I can’t believe it is almost Christmas – I am sure it was April yesterday.
In terms of flavours – looks like we are in for a good Strawberry season – had to pick something up today from Fed Ex at the Airport, and decided to stop by Perry’s Berries for some new season strawberries for our Strawberry Mousse Truffle Cup. Mmm. Asked them if I could try one before buying $120 worth (4 large trays of their premium grade) and .. well.. they refused – was very comical. They then said I could have one but had to pay $3.50. The punnets were $2.50 so a little crazy, guess they must get lots of people making the trek just to scam a strawberry off them. Anyway, we eventually convinced them to let us have a taste before committing to volume, and wow – wonderful flavour! I remember two years ago (where it rained a lot) the strawberries were very bland, whereas last year they were wonderful. Based on early season fruit, looks like this season could be even better, which is exciting, especially when you prefer to use natural home grown fruits in your chocolate recipes! As a funny side note, when I picked up the 4 large boxes, one was missing from a corner – they informed me that was the ‘free one’ I had earlier! Guess there is no such thing as a free lunch anymore…Michelle dipped a few today and we will sell them in Sylvia Park over the weekend (fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate? We went there? Yes, we did!)
OK, that is enough for today – lots on! I won’t say I will be better at updating the blog, because I am who I am and knowing me, it will be another month…but who knows, I might just surprise you all with another update soon…or a nice Strawberry recipe since I have so many to play with!
I hope you are well,
P.S – the feature image stretched weirdly, so here is another shot of the bottles!