Someone once said: “Life is short. Eat Dessert first.”
I very much like this quote, so for publishing my first blog article I decided to follow this wonderful life attitude. Which means, the first article of the first food blog in my life will be a dessert recipe!
But, what kind of dessert?
I was born in China and have now been living in Europe for more than ten years. It is well-known that Chinese love food, maybe more than any other ethnic group on the planet (food is the eternal most popular topic for Chinese). Furthermore, I come from THE Gourmet-Capital of China: Chengdu, which is also the Capital of Sichuan province. Talking about my home city being Chengdu, all Chinese will show the same reaction: “Chengdu?! Oh, the incredible great food you guys have!” Therefore, you can imagine how important good food is for me.
In the beginning of my life in Europe it was not very easy for me to adapt the western food. Totally different ingredients and flavors! Most of all I hated cheese because it smelt to me like stinky socks that haven’t been washed for years! After the short initial transition phase of my Chinese stomach, I fell totally in love with the varied European cuisine. Be it the Mediterranean cuisine of Southern Europe, or down-to-earth German and Northern European food. Now, I am addicted to cheeses, the stronger and smellier the better! I love to try every taste I do not know yet. On my journeys through Europe and the rest of the world I not only save unforgettable impressions and experiences with my eyes and my heart, my gustative nerves are also always very busy with feeding my memory with a lot of flavours and tastes. Yes, when it comes to memory, unfortunately I have to admit: I have very bad long-term memory. Many things from my childhood or longer past I cannot remember anymore. But I am not yet completely lost. I have discovered two methods to preserve my memories in the best way. Taking photos of people and things that impress me – photography is such an enjoyment for me, I can totally forget about everything around when I am taking pictures. I love the way of looking at the world from another perspective and it helps me to discover the beauties of life that I maybe never payed attention to or just lost sight of. And the advantage of photography is, afterwards you remember a lot again while looking at the pictures. Then the food: in a kind of strange way, my well stored memories of people, places, objects, or situations are mostly connected with taste and smell of all those different kinds of food from each place I have lived in or traveled to. Have you ever had this kind of experience that after reproducing one of your favorite foods that you tasted during your holiday in another country, you got all those wonderful pictures of that place popping up in your head again? It feels like you are back to that place! You can smell the air; see the colors of that place, and then the people you met there. I recognised, photography and food gave me an entrance to my memories that are not only a pale and abstract impression in my head. They also show me how to discover the beautiful sites of life in a special way. Therefore, I love photography and good food! Which is the reason for starting this blog to document both of my passions.
But now, back to the question: What kind of dessert?
After two years living in Norway, I am now back in Germany again. I am so much looking forward to my new life here with some new, exciting projects. This blog is one of them. It should be a place for me to experiment with my own creation of food and to find out some great combinations of Eastern and Western tastes and ingredients, at the same time also a lab for my learnings about food photography. To decide which dessert I should make for my first blog article, it didn’t really take me very long time. Because of my Asian background I immediately felt like I had to create an East-meets-West-dessert including my beloved green tea. This was the Eastern part. Well, what would have fit better than picking the famous “Mousse au chocolat” as an hommage to the great French cuisine as the Western part? However, the strong taste of dark chocolate might have been a bit too dominant and to preserve the soft green color of my creation, which remembers one of the color of green tea, I decided to go for white chocolate instead. In addition, the mildness and sweetness of white chocolate blends very well with the slightly bitter taste of green tea. This dessert’s taste is much lighter than the French original version. And it looks so refreshing! Absolutely fantastic for summer!
Ingredients (4-6 portions):
200g white chocolate
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons powdered green tea (macha powder, which you can find in Asia shops)
Extra macha powder for decoration
6-8 slices of coconut zwieback or ladyfinger biscuit (broken into pieces)
100ml fresh made green tea
- Heat 150g of cream in a pot, pour the green tea powder into it. Stir constantly till the powder dissolves.
- Chop the chocolate and put it into the warm cream and stir it until the chocolate melts. Chill the chocolate cream.
- Beat the remaining cream in a tall mixing bowl until stiff.
- Blend the egg yolks in a bowl until fluffy.
- Pour the chocolate cream first into the blended egg yolks, then gently the whipped cream.
- Soak the crushed cookies shortly into the fresh made green tea and put them into dessert glasses. Afterwards pour the mousse with the help of a tablespoon on top of the cookies. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Garnish with Macha powder with help of a fine sieve right before serving.
- Enjoy your tea time!