We had not planned any dessert for this Sunday’s dinner. While we were eating, Jan was talking about her and Eilene’s visit to Monterey this week. While they went to the aquarium—of course—they also stopped at the Pepper Palace.
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I keep a wide variety of rice in my pantry—Italian arborio, aged Indian basmati, Spanish Bomba, short grain Japanese rice, Thai Jasmine, Chinese red rice, American wild rice, as well as Californian jasmine and short grain brown rice. Jan has been loving my rice pudding, so when she suggested using Black rice I had it ready to hand. During imperial China, this rice was for the emperor alone.
For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.
Tuesday is Jan’s long day, she teaches until 8:45 pm, and she texted that she needed rice pudding when she got home. I live to serve—good food. I started with a Food.com recipe for rice pudding, but I have continued to change it. One of the recipes I had looked at earlier suggested that arborio rice was the best choice. Having made this variation twice now, I must agree.
Adapted from a Food.com recipe
Eilene has been sick, so Saturday I looked up a recipe for rice pudding. Jan thought it was such a success that I should make it again for our St. Patrick’s Day feast on Sunday (two days late). What would make a rice pudding Irish? Baileys Irish Cream.
For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. Jan has started to make it on anyone’s birthday. Jan spent years perfecting the techniques of making the mousse, but she got bored with making just “chocolate” mousse. She now make a different variation every time she make it.
I am finally getting around to writing up the recipe that Jan created for Miriam’s Birthday. At our house, my mother’s chocolate mousse has become the standard birthday treat. Jan has made several variations of this creamy dessert, for this one she decided that should would add cherry liqueur.
We were planning to have Uncle Tom’s apricot pie for Christmas Eve dinner, but I forgot to defrost it. At the last minute I threw together this desert. I had a few pears and some leftover store-bought pear-caramel sauce from a previous dinner. Pears, butter, a bit of spice and whiskey and voilà.