Today is the last day of November, and the final day to celebrate this month. I figured since I started with an Irish gentlemen like myself (who came off looking too much like Travolta), I would end with something French for Philippe. So we’re celebrating this impossible-to-find-the-origin-of national day with a French dark chocolate mousse, or a rough facsimile of the dish.
As we move into the last month of the year, my painting time is getting shorter and shorter, so I’ll probably be loosening up and moving lightening quick from here on. With regard to what the next project will be, I’m on the fence and haven’t quite decided. It’s entirely possible I could continue this one because I’m sort of addicted to this silly “day” thing and don’t want to leave it. But there’s still a bit less than 24 hours before either of us will find out. I’ve never been good at planning.
When Philippe and I were in Paris during Christmas a couple years ago, I loved seeing all the various desserts in French bakeries. They were always so elegant, and beautifully designed. Coming back home to corner donut shops was a bit of a culture shock and I longed for grease-free desserts with a little more panache and less needless fat.
My favorite dessert experience came when we were visiting Amboise, France and I had café gourmand for the first time. This is a brilliant idea to combine multiple small desserts on a single plate. When we got back home, we tried it out with friends during our Café Phineas nights when we would serve them multiple courses. Turns out it’s a pain in the ass and something that should be enjoyed only at actual restaurants, but was a great success with friends for the short time we tried it.
If you’re going to have chocolate, dark is the only way to go! I wasn’t a fan of chocolate ice cream growing up, always opting for vanilla, because I don’t care for “milked” chocolate. It tastes like a watered down version of the real thing. Although Philippe has me beat, as he favors the chocolate that is so dark it looks like black-brown enamel and shatters as soon as your teeth make contact with it.
Thanks to all who’ve joined me on this silly tour and don’t be shocked if you’re stuck with more as I’ve really had fun with it! It’s incredibly cool to just select a topic and run with it rather than having to come up with anything on your own. A bit lazy for sure, but it fits well with how my mind works. And it’s so wonderful to see what memories and thoughts these goofy days evoke in you dear readers. I honestly believe that each day is worth celebrating, so let’s keep doing it, however you choose to make that happen!