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Chocolate Mint Mousse

Chocolate Mint Mousse

Sorry for my absence, I’ve been… slacking…

During my slacking adventures I’ve partaken in a game night, Cards Against Humanity anyone?  Entrance into this little escapade was dessert.  Since I’ve been trying to engage in the Paleo Diet I thought it most appropriate to blow that deal and make some Chocolate Mint Mousse, nothing Paleo about that!  I put a twist on this Chocolate Mousse recipe, adding an extra cup of cream and an extra yolk bumped up the servings to make 8 cups of deliciousness.

My chocolate concoction included milk chocolate, semi-chocolate and Trader Joe’s most amazing mint chocolates:

Milk and Semi Chocolates

Milk and Semi Chocolates

Chocolate Mint

Chocolate Mint

I plopped in 6 or 7 sprigs of mint into the mix and kapow!  Amazing mint flavor.  A few chocolate covered espresso beans and another sprig of mint on top for “flare” and voila, Game Night Dessert!

Chocolate Mint Mousse

Chocolate Mint Mousse

obsessing over

Figs!

Black Figs

Black Figs

All shapes, all sizes, all kinds, I just love them.  If I could keep a whole basket around, for a day, it would be a miracle.  Thank goodness they are being sold everywhere!  Walked down the street to do some furniture shopping yesterday and I came home with another basket of figs.  Yes, I may have a problem.

Green Figs

Green Figs

Black Figs

 

 

Epic Fail

So, when I said that I’d post the recipe in the post earlier today, I meant, “I’l post my epic fail of what was supposed to be an awesome scone but really turned into burned crumbles of the idea of a scone.”  Oops.

Burnt Chunky Hazelnut and Chocolate Scones

Burnt Chunky Hazelnut and Chocolate Scones

I mean, REALLY?

Sans the complete flatness and burned edges these actually tasted quite good.  The boyfriend-roommate and I actually polished them all off.  I warned him, “do not share with anyone else!” I was too embarrassed to let anyone try/see them.  OMG.

This time around I tried almond flour; I have to admit that the kitchen was kind of warm so the mixture of that and coconut oil that wasn’t cold enough, are both contributing factors.  I mean it’s about presentation too!  I can’t make an ugly scones, ew.

These are definite “make-again” because the taste was chocolate and hazelnut, you really can’t go wrong – unless you burn them and turn them into pancakes. Not. Bitter. At. All.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

Great start: Chop Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts and Chocolate

Hazelnuts and Chocolate

Enter: dark chocolate

Chunky Hazelnut and Chocolate Scones

Chunky Hazelnut and Chocolate Scones

Voila! (hand over face, peeking through middle and index finger, still can’t get over this)

I just had to share, it’s sometimes from our mistakes that we learn the best… here’s to learning!  I need  a glass of the pineapple wine

 

 

Like Strawberry Wine

… but Pineapple!

Pineapple Wine from Maui, Hawaii

Pineapple Wine from Maui, Hawaii

Oh to be 17 again (know the song?).  My birthday recently passed (I’ve stopped counting at 28) so a lovely friend of mine decided to feed my passion for sweet wines.  Yes, I like them sweet, not acidic, usually white and sometimes with bubbles (just in case you are in the market).  So, understanding my satiation for all those listed, my friend knew I should add this Pineapple Wine to my repertoire.  I thought I’d share because it’s so unique, it actually tastes like pineapple vodka, not sure if that’s good or bad, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  It was actually discussed that this would be the perfect base to a white sangria!  Yes, it has a hint of fruitiness itself and not overwhelming.  It’s crazy, you should really try it yourself!  I’ve taken note of where to make this purchase and will be whipping up a white sangria next party!

Pineapple Wine from Maui, Hawaii

Pineapple Wine from Maui, Hawaii

Pom-Walnut Chicken

Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken

Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken

Those of you who guessed Pomegranate from yesterday’s post, were right!

I adapted this recipe  for our daily lunches.  Every week, I come up with a few recipes and make a Cosco sized portion, so my evening is freed up for hanging out and doing whatever I want.  I love cooking, but I don’t make quick meals.  All dishes are thought out, made with fresh ingredients and plus, I’m no thirty-minute-rachel-ray.

I pretty much followed the recipe, except I used a little coconut oil spray instead of any butter or oil.  In keeping with our Paleo-ish lifestyle we went sans rice and placed the dish on a bed of spinach.  Spinach has become a staple in our house; between daily smoothies and usual meals, we plow through about 2-3 bags a week…here’s to being strong like Pop-eye!

Toasted, then crushed walnuts

Toasted, then crushed walnuts

Sauteing all the ingredients

Sauteing all the ingredients

The red stuff

Red seeds, from what fruit?

Red seeds, from what fruit?

Ok, all, I’m going to have you guess which ingredient I have here.  I love this game, even for myself, it’s so much fun trying new things (although this one is an oldie for me) and having to scour the cities grocery stores to find the right ingredient.  Can you guess what this is?

 

Red seeds, from what fruit?

Red seeds, from what fruit?

They are usually encapsulated within a larger red skin, these are the seeds.  They are juicy and almost “pop” when you bite in.

List your guesses in the comment section, below.  I’ll cough up the answer and feature my recipe on the blog tomorrow!