Chaja Cake (Revisited) and Empanadas, for my First Clients..Menu Malbec!
Last Wednesday, May 11th, was the day when my "should-I-say" Catering Co was born, Menu Malbec. The first thing I did was to pay a visit to my "prospective clients"...the Embassy of Argentina, in Paris. I was welcomed, and all the people there showed an interest in my project, promising to hire me as soon as there was an opportunity. I walked back home (Paris is spoiling us with an unusually sunny month of May!) As I was opening the door, my telephone rang... "Allô?", I said..and a lady with perfect accent of Spanish from the Rio de la Plata, identified herself as somebody from the Uruguayan Embassy.
Et oui! News travels fast!! mainly between neighboring countries....so here I am, petrified, thinking that my first business cooking challenge is not for Mr & Mrs Jones, but for an Ambassador!!!
They never ordered cake, but I decided to offer these mini-cakes as a gift for my first-ever clients...And, believe it or not, one of my most faithful blog-readers is a lady from Spain, who never leaves a comment in my blog, because she writes to me through my mail-address.
I don't know when she mentioned the Chaja cake, as THE cake from Uruguay...! I admit I "googled" it because I ignored its existence....
And just like that, first clients from Uruguay...Chaja! Now, this revisited version only keeps the ingredients of Chaja: layers of sponge cake, meringue, Chantilly cream, strawberries or peaches....The original looks like this.
If you want to take a peek at what Menu Malbec has to offer, go here...Sorry, I know, it's in French, but there are plenty of photographs and nice music!
I would really appreciate a comment (if you feel like it) in Malbec's home page...Your opinion will be important for my future clients..Thanks!!
You already have my recipe for empanadas here...and my Chaja will belong to my professional "secret file" (sorry about that!) but to decrypt it, I can tell you that instead of using meringues broken into pieces, I thought little meringues..."made to order" would give the perfect professional finish...Take a look!