Truffles Kisses

Still a bit weak from the cold but finally got some antibiotics. So please pardon my short post. I still wanted to participate in this month’s Creative Cooking Crew. This month’s theme was “The Perfect Bite”. So I offer you some sweet chocolate Truffle Kisses, what can be more perfect than that!

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Media Outings: Je t’aime en Chococlat & Wafu on Dragon’s Den

One fun perk about running a food blog is getting the occasional media event invite. After a while they sort of all blend together. Well this time I got 2 really original invitations I could not pass up: one by Je t’aime en Chocolat, the 3rd annual chocolate fair the weekend before St-Valentines Day, and Wafu, a Montreal company that specializes in Japanese dressings and mayonnaise, which recently appeared on Dragon’s Den.

The Je t’aime en Chococlat event is brimming with artisan chocolates from all over the Province of Quebec. I was spoiled with so many sample and the 5 friends that came with me enjoyed the wonderful treats each kiosk gave away. Ganache and flavored caramels seemed to be quite in fashion. Some of the artisans present were:

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Lemon Rice Pudding Verrine with Chocolate Ganache

Everyone in the food blog world is backing up lemon and citrus treats. To me this means spring and summer are a coming! I love citrus sweet treats at this time of the year. So for Mother’s day I wanted to have a lemon twist to the dessert. As I mentioned in my last post I chose simple fancy recipes, the first a Maple Apple Brussels Sprout Salad while my wrist is in physio rehab. Both my mother and I love rice pudding too. So a Lemon Rice Pudding was natural choice. How about topping it with a little chocolate ganache and serving it all fancied up in a verrine? A success!

I have been actually looking for verrines for a long time, a small glass where ingredients  are layered. All I ever found was too small or too big. I felt like Goldie Locks ha ha. Well finally I got some…for free. I sometimes order beauty products by mail from Yves Rocher and they always throw in a free gift. This time it was a set of 4 verrines the exact size I wanted even if the design is simple. Expect more verrine recipes soon.

Ξ Lemon Rice Pudding with Chocolate Ganache Ξ
adapted from TheKitchn

1 lemon
1/4 cup rice, jasmine or Basmati rice
2 cups of milk (I used homogenized)
3 tablespoons sugar
dash of salt
1 tablespoon rum (optional)
2 oz dark chocolate
2 tbsp Greek yogurt

Preheat the oven to 260°F. Peel the lemon rind (no white) with a vegetable peeler and cut the peel into very fine strips. Reserve the lemon.

Mix the lemon peels, rice, sugar, milk, salt and rum in a small ovenproof dish. Place in the oven and cook uncovered for about 2 1/4 hours, stirring every 45 minutes.

When ready the rice will have almost dissolved and the mixture will have thicken. No worries if it seems a bit liquid still, the mixture will thicken as it cools. Squeeze the juice of the lemon and stir in the juice of the lemon. Divide equally into 4 verrines.

Melt chocolate in the microwave, 30 sec at a time. Ad d the yogurt and mix in. It will be more pasty then smooth, this is normal with yogurt. Divide ganache into 4, topping each verrine. Serves 4 in verrines