Friday, 23 June 2017

#proteintarget

Fridays used to involve cake as a reward, but more recently it's all about Snickers Protein.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Callum Leaves Enterprise...

After more than 2.5 years at Enterprise Callum has decided to do some travelling in the USA before looking to pursue more of an HR-based role in London. It was tricky to find a date in which everyone was available to attend his leaving drinks and the photos below are of the night early-doors. Suffice to say, those that came in the following day to work were in all sorts of bother. For some, only their mobile phone pictures, videos, and calls provided some kind of info on what happened between the hours of 11pm and 3am.


All good so far, no shots have been introduced




Dom the following morning, Maccie D's in hand.

2 cans down from Katie before 9.30am. 

Nothing, not even Diet Coke can sort Katie out. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Basket Head Drinks Dash

At Stake: Reputation...
and the loser makes the drinks.

Callum - 1st

George - 2nd

Sue - 3rd

Jamie - 4th

Dom - 5th

Adam - 6th

Based on previous form, the result was unexpected and (for most of us), hilarious.


A reminder of previous Basket Head Matches scoreboard:

Adam - 7 /7

Jamie - 2 /4

Callum - 4 /8

Rhys - 5 /10

Greg - 1 /3

George - 1 /3

Sue - 0/1

Dom - 2 /8


Friday, 7 April 2017

Cake Monday - April

We race (electronically) and the loser has to bake a cake to feed the office. 
Why? Because we like cake.
Who? Everyone in the office. No one gets out of it. When? 1st Monday of the month. The rules: you make the cake yourself, without any help. You can't 'repeat' a cake. Your cake will be judged on presentation, difficulty and taste, and marked out of 10 by each colleague. When you have baked 3 cakes, you are out of the competition for 1 year.

Banana Loaf Cake by Dom
Following a cheesecake disaster (it didn't set), Dom made this Banana Cake as a cheesecake-replacement for his Cake Monday. One piece of advice to readers who are thinking about making a Banana Loaf, 

BE CAREFUL!


To make this cake, Dom carefully peeled 2 bananas. He then carefully mashed them with a fork until smooth. Butter was melted, but not too much - you don't want it fully melted (George was VERY sceptical about this technicality). Sugar, eggs and flour were then carefully placed into a bowl and the banana was carefully mixed in. A splash of milk was (carefully) added and the mixture was whacked into a greased and lined baking tin (obviously being careful not to spill any batter onto the tin otherwise the spillages will burn). He then kept one eye on his cake (and the other on his electronic device). 

The Verdict:
We weren't buying into the complexity of this cake. It was simple. BUT, it tasted good! It was nice and light and fluffy, and we all enjoyed eating it. Adam ate the whole thing (he doesn't do cake) and would even consider a second slice. Negativity came from Sue and George who felt more could have been done with the cake, suggestions of icing/chocolate or other fillings were suggested. That said, we did appreciate the fact that Dom had made 2 cakes in 2 days for his colleagues. 

Banana Loaf Cake Average Score: 6.8

Next time: George 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Skiing - March 2017!

Unfortunately, three colleagues ended up having to drop out of the trip for various reasons, but despite the depleted group and some terrible weather, we got out there and skied!







Green beer!

Manly cocktails


Callum's pudding: Lemon sorbet with vodka





5m visibility















Friday, 10 March 2017

Careers Fair - March

Rhys, Jamie, and George head to a local grammar school to discuss recruitment as well as engineering career opportunities with pupils in Years 11, 12, and 13 at their Careers Fair. 


Cake Monday - March

We race (electronically) and the loser has to bake a cake to feed the office. 
Why? Because we like cake.
Who? Everyone in the office. No one gets out of it. When? 1st Monday of the month. The rules: you make the cake yourself, without any help. You can't 'repeat' a cake. Your cake will be judged on presentation, difficulty and taste, and marked out of 10 by each colleague. When you have baked 3 cakes, you are out of the competition for 1 year.

Orange Praline Meringue Cake by Sue

Sue chose to make a genoise sponge for Cake Monday as she's never done one before and had always fancied making one (such a refreshing change to have someone embrace Cake Monday!!). To make the genoise, Sue had to whisk eggs over hot water and the air whisked into the eggs is what makes the sponge rise (there's no rising agent). Side fact: a genoise is also a good sponge to eat because there's very little fat in it. Butter and flour were very slowly incorporated into the whisked eggs as was orange zest. This cake has FOUR layers, so Sue then turned her attention to making the praline. This involved heating whole almonds with sugar until it caramelises and then allowing it to set and cool so it's brittle before whizzing it up to crumb consistency. Sue then made & cooked 2 flat layers of almond meringue (as you do) before making an orange buttercream. Some of the praline was added into the buttercream. The cake was assembled alternating the different layers; sponge, meringue, and buttercream. The whole cake was neatly covered in the orange buttercream and coated with the praline crumbs. Sue piped a pattern using the buttercream on top of the cake.

The Verdict:
Katie had been waiting for this moment for 2 years and she REALLY liked it, especially the praline and the meringue. The sponge was light and sweet and we massively appreciated the clear effort that had gone into this cake as well as the different techniques employed which made it look so professional. Callum felt the introduction of chocolate would have increased his score and Jamie went against the grain claiming it "wasn't my kind of cake". It was Greg's kind of cake however, who enjoyed the gooey meringue. George found the cake a little dry with the combo of meringue and genoise, but was in awe of Sue's achievement, particularly the hot egg whisking moment.

Orange Praline Meringue Cake Average Score: 9




Next time: we've taken to videoing the race as proof when colleagues are on holiday and get selected as next month's baker. Dom is back in the kitchen, not a place he frequents.