Saturday, 8 March 2014

Mr Everyday Baker steps up to the plate...

As much as I love cooking up a storm, sometimes I just run out of steam and cannot be bothered. Thankfully, the wonderful Mr Everyday Baker fancies himself as a bit of a gourmand so doesn't mind getting in the kitchen. We have totally different cooking styles. I am messy and the kitchen looks like a bomb when I'm done. He cleans as he goes and is very organised and calculated. Come to think of it, these differences don't just apply to the kitchen...

Anywho, last time I was feeling lacklustre the Mr. stepped up to make a mouth-watering main of Asian-style pork belly and a dessert of chocolate mint mousse. Ya-ha-ha-hum. I'm not sharing the pork belly recipe as we ate it before taking any photos (sorry, but it was delish and I was hangry*), but the dessert really hit the spot and we've since made it again so I managed to get some snaps to share. This is so light and airy, it's perfect to finish a rich meal like pork belly. 

Chocolate Mint Mousse

2 blocks dark mint flavoured chocolate (Lindt is the way to go here)
2/3 cup thickened cream
2 eggs, separated 
2 tablespoons caster sugar

Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second bursts to avoid burning (there is no coming back from burnt chocolate). Beat the cream to soft peaks, before adding half to the chocolate mix with the egg yolks and stirring. Fold in the remaining cream.
Beat egg whites to soft peaks and add sugar, beating until glossy. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in two lots, being careful not to lose too much volume.
Spoon into four glasses and refrigerate for three hours or until set.

*Hangry - the best way to describe how I get when I'm ravenous. It's not pretty. Best to keep me well-fed to avoid a scene.

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