Yes, more questions

by boomgate

At some point, we have all felt like the most attractive person in the room, as well as the least attractive. What we look like may not change a huge amount. But how others react to us can vary arbitrarily.

When someone looks past you in favour of another person they deem more attractive, why does this hurt so much, even if you aren’t interested? Is this worse than having someone talk to you solely on the basis of your appearance?

In some ways I wonder why these things bother me so much and why they bother so many other people out there. Despite what else you might achieve, women are taught on a daily basis that what we look like the most important thing. I realise that basing your self worth on your appearance can often be self destructive. However, like many things, knowing the basis of an inclination doesn’t stop it from existing.

As for myself, I have been giving these questions a lot of thought over the past little while. Of course I don’t like being leered at by some idiot–but, then again, it still upsets me to be ignored by someone I don’t even like. In theory I should be angry that these happen, yet at the time I very rarely am.

On a personal level, what do you find worse–unwanted attention, or rejection?

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Question time

by  boomgate

I’ve been wondering, for those that write on this blog type thingy, when you write do you write for an audience or write for yourself? Does the fact that other people might read what you are writing effect how or what you post? Does it matter if no one reads it?

For me, I have to say it’s a little from column a, a little from column b. I have posted long ranting things for my sake, thinking no one else would interested in yet end up with a number of replies. The reverse isalso  true, where I have posted things where I was sure would receive comments and nada. Sometimes I do find it really helpful getting someone else’s opinion and perspective of on things, especially if a certain issue in my life is causing stress. At the same, because I know other people are reading this I am guilty of self censorship, which I’m not sure is a good thing or not.

Anyhoo, any thoughts would be good :)


by boomgate


Soft fondant with natural mint oil

The fondant came in thin, almost crisp dark chocolate shell. The amount of fondant in this seemed much greater than most chocolates I have tried, nearly overflowing when I first bit into it. The mint oil was extremely strong, almost to the point of being overpowering. Not sure what I think of this at the moment, would have preferred slightly more chocolate and less fondant.


Cinnamon milk chocolate ganache

The pairing of chocolate and cinnamon is something I haven’t come across before. Despite this I found this chocolate very enjoyable. The milk chocolate and ganache were rather sweet, but not to the point of the being overly so. The cinnamon flavouring was subtle but distinct, providing a slight amount of warmth and spice to the creaminess and sweetness.

Raspberry Puree

French raspberry puree ganache.

I am a huge fan of all things raspberry so I was most looking forward to this chocolate. After sampling the cinnamon and creole chocolate I was a bit worried that raspberry flavourings would be very subtle. Not so. The chocolate had a thin dark chocolate shell with a divine milk chocolate ganache inside. The raspberry flavouring was strong and work well with the dark chocolate.

Sienna Strawberry

French strawberry puree ganache in milk or dark chocolate.

With a company like Koko Black who prides themselves on having the finest this and that and the best imported so and so, I really appreciate when they delve into the land of the slightly kitsch. The heart shape of these chocolates remind me of something you’d see being given as a Valentine’s Day present in a 1950s teen movie.
Moving onto more important things, how it tastes. I generally don’t like a lot of chocolates/truffles with strawberry in them as often the fondant is far too sweet for my liking. I received the milk chocolate version and yes, lucky for me the ganache was not excessive in it’s strawberry flavouring. Overall the chocolate was pleasant and creamy, but nothing too exciting. I think anything after the Raspberry Puree would have been an anti climax.

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Om nom nom

by boomgate

Last year I decided to go on a voyage. A voyage of discovery and inner harmony. Of love and worship. And eating.

For Easter last year I received a large box of Koko Black chocolates. Koko Black is a small Melbourne chain which specialises in making high end chocolates, as well as selling things like chocolate mousses and rich hot chocolates as part of it’s chocolate cafe. I decided to review some of the chocolates I received. Later I decided to take this idea even further by trying all of the chocolates they have for sale. Apart from marzipan, which cannot be trusted. On to teh reviews

Item: Creole

Product description: Coffee ganache in dark or milk chocolate

I had the dark chocolate version. While I enjoyed it, I was hoping for the coffee flavours to be a bit more pronounced.

Caramel Mousse

Light caramel ganache hand piped into a rosette

Wow, I really enjoyed this. By and large I’m indifferent towards alot of caramel chocolates as I tend to find them too sweet and cloying. Not so this time. The mousse was wonderfully light with the right amount of sweetness.

Domestic rabble

by boomgate

Things have started to get ridiculously steamy Down Under. So what do I do when the weather reaches 37 Celsius? (Please don’t ask me what that is in non-metric)

Naturally, I do some baking. Today I made a batch of passionfruit buttercake cupcakes, topped with passionfruit frosting. They be pretty good, maybe a little dry. I’m really enjoying seeing the summer fruits come into season.

And now for some food porn

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!

by boomgate

Late last night while trying to find something decent on TV, I was saw this video on Rage. Oh, sweet memories.

Rage is all night music video show where bands/artists are asked to program a show for at least four hours. Last night, Architecture In Helsinki were in charge.

From Australia’s most successful unsuccessful group, The Go-Betweens.