Here’s what I cooked:
Grilled turkey sausage (easy)
Boiled cabbage (easy)
Mashed potatoes (easy)
Chocolate Mousse with Irish Cream (supposedly easy)
In the end, it was a tasty meal despite my dessert failures. The mousse was a last-minute idea with only a two-minute consultation with a recipe. The recipe used heavy whipping cream, melted chocolate and powdered sugar – and I added Irish cream. Sounded simple, except for getting the cream to turn into whipped cream took some time. Meanwhile, I’m trying not to burn the chocolate, have the potatoes boil over or burn the sausage on the grill outside.
The mousse recipe called for folding melted chocolate into the whipped cream which proved harder than I thought. Upon further reflection, I think this recipe just plain sucks. How do you fold something warm into something as delicate as whipped cream and not have it turn into a disgusting-looking mess? Any tips here? Giving up, I whipped the chocolate into the cream which resulted in turning it all to liquid. Oh well, the end result was what I shall call a chocolate dipping sauce or pot de crème. It tasted quite good despite its consistency.
|What a mess! I can't even style this thing.|
Despite the chaos in the kitchen, we finally sat down to eat a pretty good meal out on the patio on a lovely spring-like St. Patrick’s eve. Next year I will plan better!
Stay tuned for more cooking adventures (and misadventures) soon …