Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's been a little while.


I kept intending to blog, but my computer sounds like it is going to combust each time I start it up and everything works very slowly (or... sometimes not at all...), so I've been avoiding it a bit.

Here is an update:

1. My mom got married- everyone liked the truffles. (*pfewf!*)
2. My lovely new friend from Germany, Sabrina, has so kindly offered to help me reformat the labels for the bars. This needs to be done, because, as I mentioned a while back, the names are confusing to those who speak neither Spanish nor German. So we're going to make some nice, non-confusing English named bars. Stay tuned- and vielen Dank, Sabrina!!!
3. I had way, waaay too much vegan cake at her wedding, woke up at 3 am the next morning, realized I had forgotten to feed the neighbours' fish, couldn't sleep, cleaned up the house before my new room mate came to view it at 10:30 that morning, wandered over to the neighbours' to feed the fish (at this point, about 4:30 am), didn't want to go back to my house, so I went for a refreshing walk, got really thirsty, went home, didn't want to be at home, went for another walk (and made it almost an entire block), got really tired all of a sudden, turned around, walked home, passed out for 3 hours, until my alarm went, was still too tired to get up, one more hour, decided that I couldn't stay in bed any longer, got up, cleaned the house, showed the place to Rena, and realized that nothing in point 3. has anything to do with Zimt.

But it does! Because as I was leaving to go feed the fish, I realized that there was something very wrong with one of my base ingredients. But it was about 4:30 am, and there was not much I could do about it at that point, so I didn't freak out, but just felt a little overwhelmed instead.

This quality issue is worrying me now, though. I've spoken with my supplier about it, who has spoken with the manufacturer, who cannot believe that the process ever worked as I've done- but it has, and I've even taken it in for testing- so I think that this was just a terrible fluke of a batch. And I've had to toss about $80 worth of product so far. And have taken a lot more in for testing, changed recipes around... and will have to wait and see.

The only thing is, I am anticipating another large order this week. But what if I do not have this key ingredient?  The alternative simply does not work for some of my recipes. I will know better this week- until then, supply of certain varieties may be limited. And I am really, really sorry for this.  I wish it were a better situation, but this is still a very new process.

My goal is still to provide people with ethical, delicious products and that's precisely what I am going to do- but perhaps at a reduced variety for a little while.

Enjoy your Sunday =)



  1. i can't help but be curious as to what this mysterious missing ingredient is! reduced variety is fine! (for now ^_^) hope you are doing well!!!

  2. Oh it is keeping me up at night a little bit, let me tell ya! There is certainly a solution, I am sure.

    I am in love with your cheeze cake! I was going to make one, too! (Variety is the spice of life, right? ^.^)