Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Photography by Darren Bester

I’ve always loved Chocolate Mousse … light and airy, you can just about feel the air bubbles pop in your mouth and then there’s the tasty moorish decadence of dark chocolate – Heaven!  It is rich though, which makes over indulging very easy to do, which is why this time round, I opted to serve them in cute little espresso cups.   You can of course, serve yours anyway you want … just don’t pair large portions with a very heavy meal. 

Quick and easy to prepare, it can be made a few days ahead of time thereby eliminating any stress when entertaining.  Perfect end to an Easter Lunch, I’m sure even the Easter Bunny would agree. 

2016-03-18_0002

Yield: 4 standard ramekin portions 

Ingredients: 

170g dark good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids) – Lindt is a good option 

80ml full fat milk

1 egg yolk

4 egg whites

20g caster sugar

Method: 

Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl over a small pot of simmering water.  Stir until chocolate has completely melted and remove from the heat. 

Bring the milk to the boil and pour onto the melted chocolate, stirring with a whisk to combine.  Add the egg yolk and mix well to combine.  Set aside to cool. 

Whisk the egg whites to firm peaks, adding the sugar bit by bit.  Using a spatula, fold one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.  Whisk briskly, before folding in the rest of the whites (fold from the middle of the bowl up and outwards, using your other hand to steady and turn the bowl as you go).  Ensure the egg whites are well incorporated but be careful to not over work the mixture.  

Pour the mousse into individual ramekins or 1 large bowl.  If you want to serve in espresso cups or another dainty cup, use a piping bag to fill the cups neatly.   Chill for at least an hour.

Decorate with whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired. 

Cooks Notes: 

The eggs should be very fresh.  Use them cold but not icy and not at room temperature. 

2016-03-18_0003

Chloro Mayonnaise Sauce

Chloro Mayonnaise Sauce

Photography by Darren Bester

(This sauce pairs beautifully with cold fish, such as Trout or Salmon.   See my recipe for Cured Salmon here)

 

Yield: 500ml

Ingredients: 

2 x  quantities of homemade Mayonnaise ( Mayonnaise recipe here )

200g Baby Spinach, stalks removed 

10g Chives

20g Parsley, stalks removed 

A good pinch of freeze dried Tarragon (or 10g fresh Tarragon leaves)

10g Shallots, peeled and thinly chopped 

Method: 

Place the spinach, herbs, shallots and 350ml water into a blender and blend on a low speed for 2 minute before increasing the speed and blending for an additional 4 minutes.   Place a piece of muslin cloth over a pot and secure it with an elastic band.  Pour the mixture on top of the muslin cloth and let it drain through to the pot slowly.  After about 10 minutes, pull up the sides of the cloth and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible.  Discard the residue remaining on top of the cloth.  Rinse the cloth and keep aside.  Put the pot on a low heat, stirring occasionally.  Once the liquid starts to simmer, remove from the heat.  Over a bowl, again tie the muslin cloth in place and slowly empty the contents of the pot onto the cloth.  Leave for 20 minutes to drain.   The green puree that remains on top of the cloth at the end of this time, is chlorophyll.  Use a spatula to scoop up the chlorophyll & place in a little dish.  Using a teaspoon, incorporate a little of the chlorophyll into your mayonnaise until the desired flavour and shade of green is achieved.  Season with salt & pepper.   

Cooks Note: The Chloro Mayo will keep well for up to 3 days in the fridge.

aldjfdkalk

 

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

Photography by Darren Bester

Food is not complete without a good sauce! Be it a sandwich, a bowl of french fries, a roast dinner or even a dessert.  Married with the right sauce, that dish reaches new heights!   Of all the sauces, good old mayonnaise is right up there as one of the household favourites.  Making your own mayonnaise is really easy and takes just 5 minutes.  You can taste the difference & will find that the store bought versions simply won’t cut the mustard anymore …

Yield: Approximately 250ml

Ingredients: 

2 Egg Yolks 

1 heaped tsp Dijon Mustard 

Squeeze of Lemon Juice 

125ml Canola Oil 

125ml Olive Oil 

Pinch of Salt 

Method: 

In a blender, combine the egg yolks, mustard, salt & lemon juice and give a quick blend on a low speed to combine (bout 10 or so seconds).  Slowly start trickling the oil into the mixture until you can see that it starts to thicken, once it starts thickening you can increase the flow of oil into the blender until all the oil has been combined.  Taste and season accordingly.  If too thick, add another dash of lemon juice.  

Cooks Notes: Refrigerate if not serving immediately.   Will keep for 3 days in the fridge.  Add a crushed clove of garlic with the egg yolks, mustard, salt & lemon juice for a Garlic Aioli sauce – a nice variation with great flavour.  ( Garlic Aioli )

2016-01-25_0002

Banana, Blueberry, Almond & Oat Smoothie 

Banana, Blueberry, Almond & Oat Smoothie 

Photography by Darren Bester

I’m a lazy fruit eater … if its too messy, I wont eat it unless its over the kitchen sink.  If it requires peeling, I’ll think twice before taking on that challenge.  I don’t like the way apple skin feels in my mouth, I can’t even think about the furry skin on a peach without getting goosebumps and I mean the wrong kind of goosebumps.   So the idea of a smoothie, where I can get my required fruit intake in one quick shake, appeals to me.  This smoothie literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and that includes washing the blender.  Its perfect to pour into your take away cup of choice & enjoy on route to the gym or save it for your 11am snack at the office.  Its so healthy, that I even share it with my 14 month old son, Hudson.   

Yield: 500mls 

Ingredients: 

1 banana 

3 handfuls fresh blueberries 

4 heaped tablespoons of fat free greek yoghurt 

handful of raw almonds

1/2 cup raw oats 

generous drizzle of honey 

1/2 cup crushed ice or regular ice-blocks 

Method: 

Blend all the ingredients until smooth & enjoy ! 

Cooks Note: You could use frozen fruit if you don’t have fresh fruit readily available.  If you have an abundance of bananas and blueberries, why not freeze them so they don’t over ripen before required.  The frozen fruit will also help keep your smoothie cold.  You could substitute peanut butter for the almonds.  

Washing up tip – fill blender half way with water after use and blend on high for a few seconds, discard the water and you’ll see how much cleaner the beaker is.  Wash as normal. 

2016-01-20_0002

Zuko Yoghurt & Fruit Lollies

Zuko Yoghurt & Fruit Lollies

Photography by Darren Bester

I used the Zuko Quick Pop Maker to make these ice lollies and totally recommend this little gadget to any Mom out there! Healthy lollies in minutes and the flavour combinations are endless. I used what I had on hand and whipped these up …

2015-12-15_0005  

Granadilla & Vanilla Pod Yoghurt Ice Lollies 

Yield: 3 

Ingredients: 

Pulp of 2 Granadillas 

100ml Full Cream Yoghurt 

100 ml Full Cream Milk 

Half a Vanilla Pod 

Method: 

Pour the granadilla pulp into the base of each lolly mould and freeze for 10 minutes.  Remove from the freezer and pour in the cream and milk mixture between the 3 moulds, before returning to the freezer for another 10 minutes. To finish, top with the remaining granadilla pulp and freeze for a final 10 minutes. 

2015-12-15_0004

Raspberry Yoghurt Ice Lollies 

Yield: 3 

Ingredients: 

Approximately 100g Raspberries, blended until smooth

200ml Full Cream Yoghurt 

Method: 

Combine the raspberry and yoghurt mixture.  Pour into moulds and freeze for at least 10 minutes.

2015-12-15_0006

Apple & Vanilla Pod Yoghurt Lollies 

Yield: 3

Ingredients:

150ml Pure Apple Juice 

100ml Full Cream Yoghurt 

100ml Full Cream Milk 

Half a Vanilla Pod 

Method: 

Combine the yoghurt, milk and vanilla pod and pour a little into each mould, freeze for 10 minutes. Top with the apple juice and freeze for at least 10 minutes. 

Cooks Note: The measurements given for the lollies are an estimate, as I didn’t measure when making these.  The addition of milk aids in the pouring consistency of the mixture into the moulds.