I am interrupting my regularly-scheduled blog posts because I want to share this with you. Because I’m thinking you might want to see something refreshing and sweet instead of a practical dish that we’re all wont to prepare on Monday nights. Because I am feeling extremely thankful for my imperfect life and a chicken dish, albeit delicious, just wouldn’t convey this mood as adequately as chocolate would. Because a few of you have given me even more reasons to smile (more on this later), I made this for you. Yes, I get to eat it and not you, but I’ll share the recipe below so you, too, can see why I’ve chosen this treat for tonight.
Blogging about new recipes these last few months has taught me one thing I hadn’t realized before: My taste buds are fickle. I’ve always been able to quickly name my favorite foods, without hesitation, without question. Lately, however, I feel like I’ve been using the word “favorite” too loosely because I’ve been attaching it to so many new dishes. Take sorbets, for example. A couple of weeks ago this cantaloupe sorbet was my favorite, but after making this bittersweet chocolate version, it’s my new favorite. Does this happen to you?
I blame this on Dorie Greenspan and Pierre Hermé. Remember the Nutella Tart I posted recently? I enjoyed it so much that I’ve flagged almost all of the recipes in this book. A mere three ingredients are required: Bittersweet chocolate, sugar and water. The mingling of these three created such a rich and silky chocolate treat that I was hooked immediately. The depth of flavor was surprising for a sorbet. It was like eating a frozen chocolate bar (Valrhona in this case) with the added bonus of being refreshing, cool and smooth. No other flavors interfered with the natural goodness of the chocolate. I’d say it was perfect. It’s special. It’s my new favorite sorbet.
Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet
From Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
- 7 ounces (200 grams) bittersweet chocolate (Book recommends Valrhona Guanaja), finely chopped
- 1 (scant) cup (200 grams) sugar
- 2 cups (500 grams) water
1. Prepare an ice-water bath in a large bowl that will hold your smaller bowl containing the sorbet mixture. You will need this to quickly chill the mixture before you churn it.
2. Combine all the ingredients in saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture boils. This can take up to 10 minutes or more. When it boils, stir constantly and allow to boil for two minutes. Pour the mixture in a smaller bowl and set in the ice-water bath. Allow the mixture to chill, stirring occasionally.
3. Freeze the sorbet in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can serve immediately or pack it into an airtight container and freeze. This will make a pint (1/2 liter).
Now for three great reasons that brought a smile to this humble blogger’s face:
Last month, Amanda of The Cilantropist generously included me in her list of Beautiful Bloggers. She described my blog as being like her own for our similar thoughts about food and I was very flattered. Even without the beautiful images or the delicious recipes she gives her readers, her sunny personality shining through her every post is enough to win anyone over. Have a look at her blog and see for yourself.
Next, Stephanie of Per l’Amore del Cibo passed on the Sunshine Award to me last week. What an honor for a new blogger, especially since I’m receiving this award for the second time! I’ve enjoyed Stephanie sharing her adventures in the kitchen and I admire her for having the courage (that I haven’t mustered myself) to make French macarons as part of the Daring Baker’s Challenge. She’s just reached an important milestone, her 1 year blog anniversary, and I give her my warm congratulations.
Finally, Judy of Bebe Love Okazu gave me the Versatile Blogger Award. Judy’s posts are such a joy to read that I feel like I’ve known her for a long time. Her tone is always friendly and warm and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about Japanese cuisine through her posts (not to mention her entertaining updates on the Lakers/Celtics battle during the NBA finals accompanied by delicious posts celebrating the wins of her favorite team).
As part of this process, I’m supposed to give you some random tidbits about myself. Even though I feel like I already share bits and pieces of my life through my posts, I’m finding it difficult to decide what else you might find interesting about me. But since some of you don’t seem to mind my ramblings, here’s a little more:
- I’ve always wanted to learn to fly an airplane but I’m intimidated about taking my first solo flight. I’ve gone as far as picking up the book so I can study for the written portion of the exam. My husband who is a licensed private pilot is very encouraging about my ability to become one myself. I’ve been his “co-pilot” for 10 years and we’ve had some great adventures flying parts of the West.
- Going back to flying, one of the most unforgettable experiences we had was during one of these adventures. While flying over the desert in a little Cessna, two fighter jets flying directly in front of us tipped their wings to acknowledge our presence before zooming away. Hands down one of the coolest things ever!
- Just for kicks, one of my friends and I signed up for a motorcycle class last year. We were the only girls in the class. While she was able to ride a real motorcycle, I actually learned on a scooter because I couldn’t manage the weight of the former. I did earn a California Motorcycle license but I haven’t ridden a motorized two-wheeler since.
- I love clothes and like many women, I think my closet isn’t big enough. I have a similar obsession with shoes and handbags.
- I’ve always secretly wished I could sing.
- One of the most important things in my life is my Christian faith, although I don’t use that as a license to be judgmental of others who don’t share my beliefs.
Now, I share with you the blogs that I feel truly deserve these awards. Because they either make me smile or have me drooling over my keyboard each time I visit their page or warm my heart because they’re just so nice to visit–most likely it’s all of the above:
- Sippity Sup
- Patty’s Food
- Teenie Cakes
- Found Baking
- Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Lauren’s Little Kitchen
- The Baking Barrister
- Lawyer Loves Lunch
- More Than a Mount Full
I could go on with my list but I’ll stop here for now. Check them out and you’ll see why I enjoy reading their blogs so much.