1 tablespoon Cognac, Brandy, Amaretto, Rum or Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon finely grated
50 g cocoa powder
Combine place the cream in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
When the cream is warm add the chocolate and stir the mixture over the heat until just melted and smooth.
Remove the bowl from the heat, place it in a cold-water bath, and whisk in the champagne.
Pour the mixture on a tray prepared with parchment paper, spread to a square of a thickness of about 1 to 1 1/2 cm. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or until set.
Warm a knife in hot water, dry it off. Cut the block to make squares or rectangles of about 1-2 cm. Save the trimmings for yourself!
Place the sifted cocoa powder in a bowl. Carefully toss each cube cocoa powder.
If serving the same day, arrange the truffles on a plate and store in the fridge until serving. Take them out of the fridge a little bit before serving to take the chill off. Truffles can also be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.
This year we had been blessed with a lot fruits from the garden and now the plums (European plums or prunes) are just ripe enough.
I decided to create a side dish, which goes with meat (for example roasted pork, chicken or game), but now I think that this (perhaps with less salt, and adapting the spices to your taste) would be lovely as a dessert with vanilla ice cream, Greek plain yogurt or over your morning muesli (or cereals) . Next time…
For the preparation, I used allspice, finely crushed coriander and pepper, but other combinations would work as well. Alternatives could be cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger, cloves, grated orange zest, garam masala and so on.
It is super easy to prepare a decadent and excellent chocolate mousse. This basic recipe can be adapted to many liquor of your choice, but I found the combination of chocolate, amaretto and orange superlative especially if you have good quality oranges (I used Cretan oranges! ).
You may prepare the mousse the day before, but the quality of the eggs is very important and for safety reason I recommend not to keep this too long in the fridge. Depending on where you live and on the quality of the eggs you get, you should opt for the best safest quality and work properly (salmonella are not in the egg, but on the shell!) and if necessary buy pasteurized eggs.
If you are in the hurry, you may use ready-made whipped cream instead.
This dish created for a cooking game where the ingredients are restricted from a selected list came out very tasty and delighted my family very much. I made a selection of the ingredients, which I had on hand and picked some winter savory (satureja montana) from the garden. For the cooking way I decided to create a new dish inspired by a vegetables stew with cheese, we got in Gran Canaria called “pisto”. Usually this dish is served with eggs, but in this case the cheese took the most important part and a so simple dish turned out in a great stew!
I’ve served this recipe as single portions in clay pots, but you can also place this is only one bigger oven proof mold. Serve with croutons or with a slice of rustic bread.
I’ve prepared many kind of crumbles, changing the fruits and crust.
This one is a comfort recipe I prepared with frozen yellow nectarines and red peaches from the garden.
Looking for rolled oats, I realized I did not have them in my pantry, but a very good substitute was ready to be used: a muesli mixture! I’ve doubled the oat quantity I supposed to use, I also added some baking powder and voilà a super delicious crumble (or crisp? Or cobbler?) had been served in a very short time and had been literally devoured!
Vanilla ice cream or custard may be great addition to be served with this.