Making the perfect chocolate mousse is all about ingredients and preparation. There are only three ingredients, so they should be fresh and high-quality. Have your bowl and whisk for the egg whites immaculately clean and your cream very cold. If you’ve done these things, you’ll end up with a rich and perfectly whipped mousse that can win marks out of any chocolate pudding.
VANILLA WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
*100g white chocolate, coarsely chopped
*4 sheets gelatine
*2 medium eggs, separated
*1 vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped out
*1 heaped tablespoons caster sugar
*200 g whipping cream
*400 ml bottled elderberry juice
*1 heaped tablespoons corn flour
*Mint sprigs or sprigs of lemon balm for decorating
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
Soak the gelatin in cold water.
2. Whisk the egg yolks, vanilla seeds and sugar until it thickens and is creamy. Stir in the melted chocolate.
3. Over a low heat dissolve the gelatine. Stir in tablespoons of the chocolate mixture before stirring the gelatine into the remaining mixture. Refrigerate until the cream begins to thicken.
4. Meanwhile, in separate bowls beat the egg whites and cream until stiff. Fold the cream into the chocolate mixture and then the egg whites. Return the mixture into the fridge for about 4 hrs.
5. In a saucepan bring the Elderberry juice to a boil. Using a little water mix the corn flour into a smooth paste before adding to the Elderberry juice. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 2-3mins. Set aside to cool.
6. To serve, spread the elderberry sauce across the plate. Using 2 warm and moistened tablespoons make quenelles of the mousse and place on the elderberry juice. Garnish with sprigs of mint or lemon balm.
It is possible to substitute white chocolate with dark brown chocolate and I recommend pairing it with rice pudding…Yummy!!!!
COOKING METHODS AND TECHNIQUES
When you are staring at a cut of meat at a grocery store and you are wondering how you’re going to cook so it tastes beautiful, what’s going through your head? Is it a blank stare?
Do you know which method to apply to, say, beef short ribs? What about those cheap cuts of meat you are always tempted into buying and are subsequently disappointed by? The point is that we must know how to apply the cooking methods if we are to put that knowledge to any use.
You don’t know the feeling of control and power you have when you can close your eyes, pick up a piece of meat and know exactly how to cook it. Not only that, but you start saving some real cash too. You don’t have to buy a filet mignon to get a tender flavorful steak. All it takes is understanding how to apply the cooking methods! A true chef can make the cheapest cut of meat taste spectacular.
*2x300g beef steak
*2 tablespoons salted butter
*Salt and pepper
*For the sauce
*200g button mushroom, quartered
*One garlic clove, lightly crushed
*150ml dry sherry
*One tablespoon sherry or balsamic vinegar
*150ml beef stock or brown chicken stock (could be made with a good bouillon powder)
*2 tablespoons double cream yoghurt
*One tablespoon grain mustard
*2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
*3 tablespoons olive oil
Season the steak with salt and pepper. Melt the butter and fry steak for 4- 5 minutes on both sides or until golden brown
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the mushrooms with the garlic and thyme, stirring until softened.
Pour in 100ml sherry and cook until reduced to a glaze, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook for a few seconds more. Mix in the remaining sherry and the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove the garlic and thyme, then mix in the crème fraiche and mustard. Pour in any juices from the steak, then add the parsley.
Serve steak with mushroom sauce.
*Can also serve steak with herb mayonnaise, pepper sauce as well as cheese sauce.
Note… these are two servings.
Quick Masala French Toast is a perfect fusion recipe, which you can make for your breakfast with no time. It is a perfect combination of toast, eggs and vegetables, which is not only healthy but also very delicious to eat.
Serve Quick Masala French Toast on its own with a cup of hot Espresso Coffee or Masala Tea for a filling scrumptious breakfast.
*3 Bread slices
*Four Whole Eggs
*Cooking oil, or butter as required
*2 tablespoons Milk
*1 tablespoon red chilli flakes
*Salt, as per your taste
*3 sprig coriander (Dhania) leaves, finely chopped
*1/4 tablespoon Black pepper powder
*1 Onion, finely chopped
*2 to 3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
To begin making the Quick Masala French Toast recipe, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl.
Add milk, beat it again and make sure that it is mixed properly. Add chilli flakes, salt and black pepper.
Once it is done, heat oil in a wide pan. Take a bread slice, dip it in the egg mixture and put it on the pan.
Spread some onion, green chilies and coriander on the top of bread and pour some egg mixture on it again.
Turn the bread and let the other side also cooked properly. Once it turns light brown in colour, take it out of the stove and it is ready to be served.
Chop a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and coat together with the eggs before preparation. Best served with a hot beverage.