Happy 2016. This is the time of year I should post some sort of diet or clean eating recipe. Even if you are not the New Year Resolution type there is something about January (and the excess of the Christmas and party season) that makes people long for a fresh start. All over the internet we are told to give up the things we love to eat and drink, to “detox” our bodies and embark on crazy exercise routines.
Bitter experience tells me these type of resolutions never last. Depriving yourself of things you love is not a long term solution, there is no such thing as a detox (unless you are a hard core drug user) and away from holidays and sunny weather overly ambitious exercise regimes are doomed to fail.
Instead of depriving myself of anything this year I’m going to be trying new things. Stealing some inspiration from the fabulous routine curator and other places on the internet this year my modest ambitions are to:
- Travel somewhere new;
- Wear more colour;
- Have a “controversial” dinner party where everyone brings a dish and a topic to discuss; and
- Eat more locally and seasonally.
I think you’ll agree these goals are more enticing than onerous. So rather than a salad recipe here is my take on the ultimate chocolate mousse topped with the most delicious local Victorian strawberries which are bang on in season right now. I’ve posted a recipe on here for cheat’s chocolate mousse before but this is the real deal, decadent and delicious. If you do want to cheat, make it in your Tefal Cuisine Companion (or Thermomix equivalent) like I did to cut down on time.
- 250g dark chocolate, chopped
- 50g butter, diced
- 6 egg whites
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- pinch salt
- 1. Place chocolate and butter into the Tefal Cuisine Companion bowl with the kneading/crushing blade. Melt at 45c at Speed 3 for 10 mins. Scrape the bowl down half way through to make sure you get all the chocolate melted. If you don't have a Tefal or equivalent you can do this step using a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave.
- 2. Clean the bowl (it must be very clean, I just used my Kitchenaid mixer) and place the egg whites in, fit the whisk and add a pinch of salt. Use at speed 7 for 4 minutes or if using a mixer until the egg whites are fluffy and whipped.
- 3. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another 4 minutes or until the mixture is glossy.
- 4. Add the egg yolks to the melted chocolate and mix then gently incorporate the egg whites by hand.
- 5. Cover with cling film and chill for at least two hours.
- 6. Top with strawberries.
- This recipe is quick to make but requires at least two hours resting in the fridge. A good one to make in advance!
Thanks to Victorian strawberries for a brilliant strawberry delivery and Tefal for the dry ingredients.