I am thankful for Alice Medrich and the word “never”…and chocolate. And for you foodies out there, yes, THAT Alice Medrich. While she will most likely never remember me, I surely will never forget her.
Many years ago I took a series of classes with her in Dallas and she taught us how to make some of her most famous recipes. I was having a bit of trouble with something, and when she came over to help me she touched my hands, asking, “Are your hands always this warm?” I replied, “Yes.” She looked me dead in the eye and said, “You will never be able to work with chocolate. Your hands are too warm.”
Initially, I felt deflated. Food is my passion. Chocolate and desserts are my creative outlets. But then I got a little indignant…How DARE she tell me I can’t do something? And I set out to prove her wrong. The cake pictured above and below is the result of me ‘never’ being able to work in chocolate.
So next time someone tells you ‘never’ or ‘can’t’ or ‘you shouldn’t’…give it a bit of thought before you decide whether or not you agree.
The following version is one I made for my husband’s 50th birthday. It’s a slight variation on the above cake, adding in some white chocolate to the ruffles. That was a bit trickier to work with. I definitely need some more practice with it, but I’m happy with how it came out for a first try.
The best part about working with chocolate is eating the ‘rough drafts’…Practice, practice, practice!!