November 4, 2007
Overlooking the impressive mountains of Northern Italy,
Dulcinea and Don Quixote talked of how little we are in
this gigantic world, notwithstanding, how big the human
being can become using his intelligence and his innate
skills. Within our comparative smallness, we can reach the
highest mountain, explore the depths of the ocean or the
immensity of the universe. But to achieve it, we must
recognize the importance of harmony in the world that
surrounds us. We should live in harmony with nature, with
all human beings and especially within ourselves.
For example, if you are going to decorate a cake for a
wedding, there are a lot of details that have to be in
harmony with the occasion: like what flowers to use, which
color, the bride preferences,the time of the affair, the
place of the reception. To make this decisions we need to
have inner harmony within our self.
How are we going to discover our path, to decide what is
our mission in life, without having inner harmony? If we
hold in our mind a jungle full of darkness and wild
thoughts, we will never find our real inner self. To reach
harmony, we have to learn to love ourselves. Pull out of
our inner self all negative thoughts and negative
feelings, because they would not let us act with serenity.
Accept that there is a Supreme and eternal being that when
we accept it in our lives, will fill us with light and
peacefulness. Once we reach the light, will have the
harmony and will be able to develop our potential. We can
trace our goals and work toward them.
When we are in harmony with the Universe, we feel the most
noblest sentiments: love, compassion, friendship will
have important roles in our lives. When we do our job, it
is not a matter what do you do, when you do it with love
you will always succeed. When we have compassion in our
heart, we can help more effectively those in need. In this
way we will discover the beautiful present of
friendship,that help us to understand and accept others
with their mistakes and defects. When we live in harmony
with the Universe, there are not dangerous and negative
paths or destructive thoughts to harm us.
In harmony we will always have our mind clear, to make
effective and positive decisions for our personal growth.
We can develop our potential and reach our goals.
Let’s search for our inner light, live in harmony in order
to be able to escalate the highest mountains, explore the
depths of the ocean or the immensity of the Universe.
Because when we are in communion with God, the eternal
love, everything can be accomplished.
In search of light
October 23, 2007
Thank you for all your e-mails and questions. It has been a
beautiful experience, receiving so many email from friends
and students that I have not heard for so many years, some
of you more than a decade. Welcome back to my life. And, a
warm welcome to those that subscribe to the newsletter.
One of the questions is: What can I do to avoid the
pastillage get dry so fast? And another, Why the
pastillagfe start crackling or wrinkling when making the
First, the pastillage is a paste that air dries. The
solution is simple, keep the paste covered with a heavy mug
when using it. This will protect the paste from drying.
Second, Why pastillage start crackling or wrinkling when
making the petals? The secret is in the amount of paste
you take to make the petals. Take only a small amount,
sufficient for one petal and work with it. Leave the rest
o f the paste covered with the heavy mug to prevent from
drying. The reason is that you take less time to knead and
roll a small piece of paste. The biggest the ball of paste
the longer the time of kneading and rolling and the fastest
the drying. A capito?
Next week, the recipe for Flower paste, don’t miss it.
October 15, 2007
One of the secrets to make beautiful cakes is the
decoration, and of course a cake decorated with sugar
flowers will always be a success. Today we are going to
give you the recipe for how to make the pastillage. It is simple
and if you follow the instructions you will not have any
problem whatsoever. You will need:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon glucose
1 pound and one cup powder sugar 10X (make sure the sugar
Place the lime juice and the water in a pyrex cup, add the
gelatin, place in micro-oven for 15 seconds. The gelatin
will dissolve very well, (do not over heat)then add the
glucose y make sure is dissolve completely. Now put half of
the sugar in the KitchenAid bowl, place the pallet on the
machine and beat slowly, keep adding the sugar a little bit
at a time. If you put all the sugar at once, you can brake
your machine. A little bid at the time will be fine. You
will get a soft paste. Place some sugar on the table, and
knead the paste with the remaining sugar. Do not add all
sugar at once, go little by little. The paste can be a
little sticky, don’t worry, just put powdered sugar in your
hands. Wrap in a plastic bag and let it at room
temperature for 24 hours.
Pastillage does not need to be refrigerated.
This is a very easy to do recipe. If you have any
questions do not hesitate to send me an e-mail.
See you next week.