Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chocolate Panna Cota

I made Chocolate Panna Cotta for Valentine's Day with my beau's assistance. I won't lie I was kind bummed about how lackluster my Valentine's Day was. I enjoyed a roast takeout dinner with my beau's family and an ice-cream bar as dessert, which I didn't end of eating because I made Panna Cotta. I guess at least we were able to be together, because last year I didn't have a valentine being snowed in my lonely Rhode Island apartment.

I just wanted a box of darn conversation hearts, I'll have to wait till next year to get my own.

I got this recipe on Pinterest after scanning through scrumptious pictures of Panna Cotta. I recently just tried Panna Cotta for the first time at work, and I was floored on how amazingly creamy it tasted, almost like vanilla ice-cream. I knew I had to give chocolate a try.

Well this Panna Cotta literally saved my day. The texture is so smooth and creamy, my spoon just glided in with ease. The chocolate flavor is so rich and decadent, I almost thought I wouldn't be able to finish it.... (As If). I will definitely make it again, my beau loved it! He scarfed his down so fast. I was originally going to unmold them from the ramekins, but I just thought it looked so cute, as is.

Chocolate Panna Cotta
 Y= 4 ramekins (recipe via Manu's Menu)

300 ml Heavy Cream
100 ml Milk
100 grams Chocolate
80 grams Sugar
2 tsp powder Gelatin (3 sheets)
0.25 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Bloom gelatin in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes or soft.
2. Place the cream, milk, and sugar in a pot. Let mixture cook at medium temperature until it comes to a boil, remove from heat.
3. Add chocolate and vanilla, mix well with a whisk until the chocolate melts.
4. Add gelatin to the hot mixture. Mix well.
5. Strain. Pour straight into ramekins.

*Spray ramekins with cooking spray prior if you planning on unmolding them.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mango Smoothie

After two weeks of raining straight, it has ended. Hooray! This summer has been a wet one.
Well I was ranting about work before, but my schedule has dramatically decreased. I'm casual, super part-time. I felt like I got dumped, and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't need me anymore. I know I need to be on the prowl for something else quick, but I'm enjoying this break so much.
Well actually not that much, I felt ill last week. Terrible! Terrible, tummy pains.They just come and go now. So, I'm definitely going to take more regard in what I consume.

This is an easy quick simple recipe. I had an mango lying around on the counter and felt in the mood for a smoothie, without getting charged a ridiculous price. I really enjoyed this smoothie, the flavor was great. I added a bit more honey to make it sweeter for my taste buds.  Usually my smoothies are a tad bit runny but I was happy about this consistency, smooth and frothy.

sorry about the clutter :p
Mango Smoothie
Yield: 2

1 mango, ripe
0.75 c (85g) plain low fat yougurt
200 ml reduced fat milk
1 tsp honey

Peel mango skin. Chop mango up in cubes. Place in your blender.
Pour in yogurt, milk, and honey. Blend until it is mixed and appears frothy.