Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse

i learned a hard lesson today. the good news is i did, in fact, learn from my mistake. i will not make that same miscalculation again. my mind now has a brand new "note to self" in a file folder called "lessons learned".

note to self: do not do arms & shoulders and ab ripper in the p90x series the night before a big snow fall - a big, wet, heavy snow. the kind of snow that makes tree branches hang low under the weight. it's as if they are sighing, longing to touch the ground, stretching their fingers to meet the white pillows of snow covering the earth. i now know, shoveling sidewalks, driveways, and mountains of snow piled up from the snow plow is enough of an arm, shoulder, and back workout. and abs? dang, flinging the heavy shovelfuls of snow will work even the toughest of obliques out there.

instead of doing a crazy upper body workout the night before i big snow, next time i'll make chocolate mousse. dark, chocolate orange mousse with whipped cream dolloped on top. whipped cream as light, pure, and fluffy as snow should be. just be sure to use an electric mixer to whip the egg whites and whip the cream, otherwise you may in the same boat i am today. save the arm workouts for shoveling snow.

Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse
4 generous servings

10 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbs unsalted butter
1 tbs grand mariner
3 eggs yolks
4 egg whites
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
melt butter in medium saucepan oven low heat. add chocolate chips and stir until smooth and melted. revome from heat and stir in grand marnier. once cooled slightly, add egg yolks and stir well to combine.
in a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks have formed.  fold in the chocolate mixture.  spoon into bowls and chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
when ready to serve, whisk heavy whipping cream until desired whipped cream consistency. spoon onto chilled chocolate mousse and enjoy!

by the way, anyone interested in joining me on the back patio for some chocolate mousse? i have a seat saved for you!

1 comment:

  1. Yum!!! Last year, I think a whole weeks worth of workouts was shoveling the sidewalk and my car. I hope you're liking P90X!


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