I have to admit that nowadays I’ve been turning more to the kitchen and the teevee than my books. A few days ago, I decided to designate a day just to cuddle up in bed and lose myself in Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. After reading a couple of pages, however, specifically pausing at the page when she was describing the group’s first reading session, my thoughts drifted off to hosting my own get-together. What I would serve to guests if I were to have my own book club of sorts. Something light, yet decadent. Something rich, yet easy on the palate. Something simple enough to complement a book on the other hand. Something that had just the right amount of balance of both worlds. And with that, I decided for this to be on the menu.
A small serving of chocolate mousse laid with two slices of fresh sweet-sour mandarin oranges. The mousse is rich by itself, but would have the perfect texture to send a group of girls giggling in sheer delight. Its firm expositional exterior would melt upon kissing the soft tongues of its tasters, painting the palates a smooth decadent chocolate that would send readers to the depths of their fictional fantasies. And the mandarin oranges would complement each bite, accompanying each twist in the plot, adding excitement to the otherwise lulling smoothness of the narrative/mousse. And the very last scoop would have the ultimate reader’s dilemma; as of a denouement, awaiting resolution yet not wanting the whole experience to end.
Chocolate Mousse with Mandarin Oranges
110g chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
3 tbsp butter
3 eggs, separated
2 tbsp icing sugar
120ml whipping cream
- In a saucepan, melt butter and chocolate.
- Add egg yolks one by one. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the whipping cream until soft peaks.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Sift over the icing sugar and whisk until incorporated.
- Fold in the whipping cream over the chocolate mixture, then fold in the egg whites.
- Pour the mixture into small serving glasses or cups, and freeze for at least 4 hours.