Sweet Tooth: Mulberry Mousse
Happy Friday! How's your week been? I've had the chance to play photographer in the past few days. Last weekend in Winnipeg, I treated myself to a new camera. It's an investment I've been planning for a while and finally took the plunge! I got a Canon Rebel XS. Amazing what a great camera can do. I still have to learn the ins and outs, but it's been a blast to experiment. It's as though everything turns into art, especially nature shots. I plan on sharing a bunch of pictures in another post, but here's a peek, taken today on a walk down my road. The lupins are out!
As for the sweet end of the spectrum, here are some yummy treats featuring unique ingredients. Mulberries in mousse and durian in ice cream = kicked up versions of basic dessert ideas.
1/2 cup dried mulberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup irish moss gel*
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lecithin powder
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Soak the mulberries in the water for 1-2 hours.
Blend the berries/soak water along with all other ingredients except the oil, until smooth.
Add the oil and blend briefly to incorporate.
Chill the mixture.
Garnish with dried mulberries and a drizzle of yacon or maple syrup (optional)
*Irish moss gel: Rinse and soak a handful of irish moss in cold water for 8-12 hours.
Remove the moss from the water, measure out 2 oz. and chop.
Blend the chopped moss with 1 cup of water until smooth and warm.
Save remaining gel for other recipes.
Today's "oldie" isn't actually that old (from December 2009), but since the warm weather has arrived, I thought a cold ice cream might hit the spot. I only wish I had some fresh durian right now! I'll have to wait until my next trip to a big city. If you haven't already tried this tropical fruit, give it a whirl - and for those of you who have tried it once but don't like it, try again. It took two shots for my love affair with it. I served it topped with chocolate sauce from Just Desserts. I hope you enjoy!
Vanilla Durian Ice Cream
Have a happy weekend! I'm praying for some hot, sunny weather since it's been rainy lately.