Do you ever look at an old picture of yourself, and laugh while remarking, "i thought i was looking good..." Maybe it was the old "Racheal" from friends hair cut, or a old torn flannel that smelled of teen spirit.
For me this often comes from pictures of plates I have done. So every time I look at my blog there sits one of those pictures.... The moon rock looking pizza thing of apricots and cheesecake. I only made it once, (twice) before the obvious refinement was clear. While it looked clownish, it had a lot of potential flavor wise. Here the cheese cake is baked in the bottom. After this is chilled, a layer of pureed apricot is set on top. Not only is the presentation much better, but i was better able to controll the flavor of the apricots. The poached apricots never addopted enough sweetness from their liquid, so here I am able to ballance their natural acidity with sugar. And for depth I added, of course, the flavor of their pits.
So this may be more for my own redemption than anything. But after all, it's my blog!