Friday, September 5, 2008
Canada's Moose, Newfoundland and Crème Brulée
Watched an interesting Canadian Geographic programme last night. Apparently Newfoundland is overrun with moose. Early last century 4 moose were imported onto the island and now they are having big problems with the animals. They are eating the island out of house and home plus they are a big danger on the roads. The indigenous black bear does kill off some of the babies and the hunting season accounts for a great deal more, but the moose produce something like 4,000 young a season. The moose has now become Canada's most dangerous animal because of the road accidents it causes. Not really the fault of the moose is it? The programme had some stunning shots of both moose and bears. Considering I have only ever, in over 30 years, seen one female moose, it has inspired me with a new desire to go to Newfoundland for a visit. The scenery shown on the programme was also stunning, although I suppose you need to choose the right time of the year. The car has to go back in again today, they just did the service yesterday. Today its having a new battery. The knocking noise can be ignored for the while as it is in the a/c and will cost us quite a bit to get fixed apparently. Lunch with Matt's cousin went very well. It was wonderful to see her again, not that any of us would have recognised anyone else. We caught up on everything that had been happening in our lives, all family stuff of course. She ate every scrap of her lunch which was great. I love it when people eat what we prepare. I tried some Crème Brulées from M & M Meat Shops and they were very good, we enjoyed them. They were individual servings and came in a cookie Tulip cup. In the picture from cooking101.abccook.com they are served in ramekins, but the basic idea is the same. Later I found out how many Weight Watcher points they are. Wish I hadn't, especially as we still have one left! We have an invitation to a barbecue on Saturday which will be fun. I have mentioned before that we can't barbecue because we are in an apartment building. Propane tanks are dangerous in a building like this. I'm not actually sure electric ones are that safe in a big building like this either. I have mentioned before, I love mousse. It is one of the few things I don't mind what the flavour is, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, lemon, you name it, I'll eat it. We once ate our way through a whole bunch of mousse desserts at a restaurant in Beachy Head, England, and loved them. This one is from my cookery group. Baked Chocolate-and-Hazelnut Mousse Serves: 8 Source: RUK 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (Baker's sweet chocolate will do) 1 tablespoon Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur), brandy, or white rum 1 tablespoon heavy or light cream 3 large eggs, separated 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, coarse or fine powdered sugar Melt chocolate with liqueur and cream over low heat (use a double boiler or microwave on low to be safe). Remove from heat when melted. With electric mixer, beat egg yolks about 3 minutes until thick and lemon-colored. Add sugar, flour, salt, butter, and hazelnuts. Mix well. Add chocolate mixture to batter. Mix thoroughly. Beat egg whites until stiff. Stir 1/4 of whites into batter to lighten mixture. Carefully fold in rest of whites. Spoon mixture into 8 to 10 small, fluted, foil, baking liners (paper cupcake liners in a muffin tin, a well-buttered muffin tin, individual ramekins, or individual soufflè dishes may also be used). Bake 20 minutes at 400F. Let cool slightly, then dust tops with powdered sugar from a small sieve. Serve in foil liners on dessert plates with small dessert spoons. Good warm or cool. Freezes well. Makes 8 Individual Baked Mousses. Have a great day.