Saturday, 31 August 2013

Regrouping

With all the comings and going recently of various visitors, I haven't spent much time in my sewing room and I feel I need to make a new start (another one). I've set myself a few goals for the rest of this year! Yikes! And maybe if I list them here I will get them done.  I'm keeping the list fairly short so it should be doable.

1. Finish hand quilting "big bloom" quilt
2. Make more blocks, put together and quilt winter quilt
3. Make at least 6 more blocks for Camelot quilt (that way I am at the half way mark)
4. Make a few Christmas presents
5. Machine quilt one quilt top (which one to be decided later)

Now it's written in stone, or as good as!!!

I did manage to make my second Camelot block:

and a few more "measly" filler blocks for my winter quilt.

Maybe you've noticed that I've installed a new Pinterest feature on my blog. I followed a terrific tutorial here. Whenever your hover over a photo with your mouse a small "pin it" button pops up and by clicking it, you are taken automatically to the Pinterest window where you can then choose to pin it to one of your boards. Makes the whole process so much easier.

And last but not lease; look what I found in the latest edition of  "Down Under Quilts" magazine:
I had absolutely no idea and wouldn't have known as I can't often find that particular magazine here in Singapore. Luckily a friend of a friend spotted it and alerted me.


Till later
Vreni x

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Monday, 5 August 2013

The best and easiest Chocolate Mousse ever!

I've been making this mousse for many years and always get lots of compliments whenever I serve it. The secret is to use the best chocolate you can find (definitely no cooking chocolate). Instead of using dark chocolate only, you can use a mixture of milk and dark chocolate. You'll get a paler as well as slightly sweeter mousse.

You will need:
4 very fresh egg yolks, preferably organic
300 g (11 oz)  good dark eating chocolate, I used dark Toblerone
4 Tbsp fine sugar
2 Tbsp rum, brandy, whiskey or any other booze you might like (optional)
500 ml (17 fl.oz) single cream (very cold)
(serves 8 to 10)
First beat the cold single cream until soft peaks form. Set aside.
 Break chocolate into smallish pieces and melt either in microwave or in a double boiler (in a bowl over a pan of simmering water). In the meantime put egg yolks in a bowl together with sugar and beat with an electric mixer until pale and light. It is important that the egg yolks are at room temperature. Then add alcohol (if using) and mix well. Once the chocolate has melted, let cool slightly, then mix into the egg mixture.
 Now fold the chocolate/egg mixture into the cream with a rubber spatula or a big metal spoon making sure not to over mix.
 Place mousse into a clean bowl, or into small individual serving dishes, and chill in the fridge for a few hours or over night.
Scoop out mousse with a spoon dipped in hot water first. 
Enjoy!

If I have leftovers of this delicious mousse I freeze it to be enjoyed later on as a creamy chocolate ice cream.  

Bon Appétit
Vreni 
                                                                         
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