Strawberry Panna Cotta

THIS. Look SOOOO Good. Just had to let you know~

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Makes: 10 servings (6-oz)

Start to finish: 3 hrs with chilling time

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin

4 cups heavy cream

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

2½ cups whole goat’s-milk yogurt

2 pints fresh strawberries, trimmed and thinly sliced

Mint leaves, for garnish

Directions:

1. Pour 3 tablespoons of warm water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and set aside to soften for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm the heavy cream, stirring occasionally, until almost boiling, about 10 minutes. Whisk in 1 cup of the sugar and continue warming, whisking occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute.

3. Pour ¼ cup of the hot cream mixture into the bowl with the gelatin and whisk until the gelatin dissolves. Whisk the gelatin mixture into the hot cream mixture in the saucepan, then remove from the heat.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt to smooth out any lumps. Gradually whisk the hot cream mixture into the yogurt, then divide among ten 6-ounce glasses, cups or ramekins. Cover the panna cotta with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 2½ hours.

5. One hour before the panna cotta is ready to serve, combine the strawberries with the remaining tablespoon sugar and let sit at room temperature to macerate.

6. When the panna cotta is set and chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Garnish with the strawberries and mint leaves; serve immediately.

Enjoy!!!

-Raining Chocolate

SCREAM!!!

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The expression of my face as I was reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. At first, I was giggly at the typical happily ever after, then like lightning

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PLOT TWIST!!!

A hurricane of different emotions swirled upon me and as I was engulfed into the eye, I felt like I was pumped with too much adrenaline that if I didn’t do anything i would possibly die.

So I read on.

As the story unfolds, one plot branches out, to bind with another plot that branches out to another which branches out to the one before and so on. It was like a tangled up wire…

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YET,

It all made sense.

HOW??!!!

The author was just a genius. Most of the time, when I read books that have more than 5 plot twists, they start to tangle up and not make any sense. But Dumas somehow made it that I can catch on to whats going on, and connect to parts that I read earlier.

amazing

 

ALSO, the story sometimes seem like it will end up this way, but end up TOTALLY different, yet it still is

awesome

 

Of course, this didn’t just made me sit in awe, it made me think…

about food. What else?

Ever bit into a good slice of cheese?

american-cheese

 

not the american cheese. Like real cheese. The ones that you buy in triangular slices.  Fancy cheese like  Parmigiano Reggiano, Sartori Sarvecchio Parmesan, Gruyere, etc.

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I don’t usually eat cheese alone- the creaminess doesn’t attract me as much. However, when i tried small bites, I was shocked. Slightly salty, yet the creamy texture kind of covered it. I got an aftertaste as if I had something sweet. I had the stereotype thought of cheese as salty and too creamy for consumption alone and needed to be eaten with a burger, salad, or even just a cracker.  I began to slowly love cheese. Especially the one that melts in your mouth. It’s as if I’m eating salted dark chocolate.

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Then I began to think hey, unexpected change in story is like my abstract food idea!

Think about it, just looking at the food, you expect it to taste this way or that. But when you taste it, you find out that it’s definitely different and like it that way.

I expected a typical happily ever after. But I found out it was different.

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I see banana splits. I think, “Hey, this is going to taste sweet and creamy!” and get excited.

When I took a bite,

SHOCKER!!!

It was actually a main dish. Definitely not sweet. Banana was actually a mozzarella cheese, shaped as a banana. Ice cream was balled up pasta-strawberry was tomato, vanilla was fettuccine, and chocolate was beef stock.

DELICIOUS~~~

Can you imagine it? Wouldn’t it be great if I could actually eat that~

I definitely want to give you on detail about the book, but it is one amazing book and I definitely want you to read it. Then you can come back to my post and feel with me, the feeling I get swirled up with different emotions like ice cream.

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