Senin, 09 Januari 2012

After all, a girl is... well, a girl. It's nice to be told you're successful at it.

Hubby and I went to a social gathering this weekend for bloggers in my region.  Most of them are men, most them blog about guns, politics and the like.

I'm not opposed to any of those things . . . I just choose not to blog about them.  During the course of dinner, beer and conversation, our "social director" commented that I have a "chick" blog.  Wha . . . what?? Me?  A girlie blog?

Sure, I'm a girl  . . . but still . . . 

I hadn't ever considered it.  But now that he mentioned it, it's kind of bothering me.  I ain't no girlie-girl.  I didn't think I was writing about womanly thingie-doodles or even feminine what-cha-ma-call-its.

What's my blog about?  Stuff . . . by me . . . a chick.  Sure, I almost always include a recipe or some sort of crafty thing or something, but I just write about stuff.  I don't consider it girl stuff . . . I kind of think it's gender neutral.  If I wanted to write about girl stuff I'd be writing about stuff like this or even this (proceed to links if you're man enough).

Why is it bothering me?  I don't know.  I just . . . don't . . .  know.

Chocolate will make me feel better!

That is all.

Chocolate Mousse

4 1/2 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, Finely Chopped
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Diced
2 Tablespoons Espresso or Very Strong Coffee 
1 Cup Cold Heavy Cream
3 Large Eggs, Separated
1 Tablespoon Sugar

Whip the cream to soft peaks, then refrigerate.

Combine the chocolate, butter, and espresso in the top of adouble boiler over hot, but not simmering, water, stirring frequently untilsmooth. Remove from the heat and let cool until the chocolate is just slightlywarmer than body temperature. To test, dab some chocolate on your bottom lip.It should feel warm. If it is too cool, the mixture will seize when the otheringredients are added.

Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, whip the eggwhites in a medium bowl until they are foamy and beginning to hold a shape.Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.

When the chocolate has reached the proper temperature, stirin the yolks. Gently stir in about one-third of the whipped cream. Fold in halfthe whites just until incorporated, then fold in the remaining whites, andfinally the remaining whipped cream.

Spoon or pipe the mousse into a serving bowl or individualdishes. If you wish, layer in fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Refrigeratefor at least 8 hours. (The mousse can be refrigerated for up to a day.)

Serves 5-8, depending on the size of the servings.

After all, a girl is... well, a girl. It's nice to be told you're successful at it.

Rita Hayworth

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