April 16, 2014

Wordless wednessday #2

       Eagerly waiting for the full bloom of this spring

April 03, 2014

Dreamy - Creamy - Rich Parfaits for a weekend of rediscovery !

Weekends are meant to unwind.. yeah ... time for mostly relaxing and a bit of shopping maybe. Well, last Saturday I realized, weekends have also become more like a routine... and oh no !! it is has become too predictable!!!
So I decided, its time for some change..., and rather than wasting time doing laundry, going out, Saturday evening should spent chatting and reminiscing our years and the fun time we have been having as a couple !
But a good chat(we call it "adda" back in India) is always incomplete without some fast-food and so I planned to make some burgers and rich-dreamy-creamy parfaits !!
well, parfaits are one of my favorite dishes, as its tasty, easy to make ,  simple ...and most importantly, leaves a signature of happiness and cheerfulness in the heart !
My plan was to make about 6 servings in 6 ounce glasses( so that we feel we had plenty of them !) . It could also be served as 4 servings in 10 ounce glasses ! So I scanned through my kitchen, and a smile rang from ear to ear !! yeah!! all the right ingredients were perfectly sitting in the shelves  !

I took about :
16 fl oz whipping cream, cold,
2 tablespoons sugar
1 box of jello chocolate pudding for , divided use
24 all natural chocolate-vanilla oreos and crushed them into chunky consistency,
1 (1ounce) square semi-sweet chocolate, to shave for garnish

However, I am not going to say how much I kept eating from the jars though. :D While my husband kept reminding me the first meal I cooked for him, I was busy preparing the dish.. Yet, I could spare enough attention to talk to him! that's the beauty of this dish !

In the bowl of a mixer (or using a hand-held) I added  the incredibly tasty cold cream and began whipping. Once it thickened slightly, the sugar was sprinkled in and finished whipping just until stiff peaks formed, and then set it aside for a moment.

-In medium bowl, 2 cups of the chocolate pudding was added (reserving the remaining pudding).Then i began adding the whipped cream to it in several dollops, gently folding in to maintain a fluffy and light consistency.

This is the “chocolate mousse” part of the dessert-the heart of the dish. Once all whipped cream was, incorporated, I set it aside and prepared glasses.

  To Assemble (for 6 servings in 6 ounce glasses):
-Began by placing equal amounts of the wonderful crushed cookies to the bottom of each glass (about 3 tablespoons),
-Then added next the yummy chocolate pudding layer(about 3 tablespoons),
 -next layer had the dollops of “chocolate mousse” (about 3 tablespoons);
-repeat this process again for each glass, by adding the mouth-watering layers of crushed cookies, then the pudding, then the “chocolate mousse”.
-finally finished the assembly with a sprinkling of crushed cookies and a decorative dollop of “chocolate mousse”;
By the time I had started garnishing, yes! I could hardly wait to start trying the delicious parfaits! But a cook has some duties after all :D
The parfaits were garnished by shaving a little of the semi-sweet chocolate square with a vegetable peeler over the tops of each glass  (improvisation- the mantra of success in kitchen ;) and  refrigerated the beauties until ready to serve. Well, these folks can be serve immediately too, depending on your taste and craving !

To Assemble (for 4 servings in 10 ounce glasses):

-Follow assembly instructions above only increase the quantity of each layer to about 5 tablespoons in order to fill each glass.

Once the rich parfaits were chilled enough, we took them out for eating...and yes, we talked our hearts out... and the cute little parfaits were the perfect companions