torek, 14. maj 2019

Vegan Chocolate Mousse


What does your dream life look like?

Do you even dare to ask yourself this question?

Would the realization of how far from that image your real life is, kill you?

Well, ask yourself this question, think this through, answer to yourself honestly and then make a plan that will make it a reality. You will never get there if you don't make a plan. The song  'This could all be yours' by Guster comes to mind. It's true, you can have it, you just have to be bold enough to go after it.

My dream life includes lots of moments when I feel proud of myself, hours and hours of peace, writing, taking photos, earning money with nutritional counseling, reading, Buddhism, meditation, learning, going to concerts, filling my home with things I like, watching 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Seinfeld',  cooking, baking, Sundays filled with the 60' music, scones, finger sandwiches, cookies, and pancakes, spending lots of time in nature, cinema and mojito evenings with friends, petting cats and dogs, having as little people in my life as possible-just the ones I like, dancing and singing along to the song 'This must be the place' by Talking Heads with my Love, plus a million other things doing with my Love, like having picnics in the middle of the field full of dandelions, by the lake, and the sea, morning runs, sweet hikes, dancing club nights, watching Michael Douglas movies, 'Call me by your name' actually watching A LOT of movies, going to the theatre, having date nights, cooking our favorite pasta recipe, having short trips and blasting Marina, Tame Impala, Cigarettes After Sex, Broods and the 80' in the car, having simple city walks with a slice of pizza or ice cream in our hands, honestly, just hearing his voice, feeling his hands and seeing his face is enough to make me happy... 

To summarize, my definition of happiness consists of feeling happy with myself, having honest and joyful relationships, feeling peace and being grateful for little things. There's no mansions, gold, and yachts in my perfect life.

Have you ever heard of aquafaba?

This thing is pretty groundbreaking for vegans. It’s is the liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas and you can get it if you drain a can of chickpeas and reserve the liquid (it won't work as good if you cook the chickpeas yourself). It's a perfect replacement for egg yolks, you can make meringue with it! And chocolate mousse, macarons, waffles, marshmallows, ice cream, Pavlova cake, mayo ... You just have to drain the liquid and whip it with a hand or stand mixer! You can add a little cream of tartar, which causes the aquafaba to whip up much easier and makes the peaks firmer.


Recipe from: Vanillacrunnch

The Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 can of chickpeas (you will need only the liquid which is about 1 cup)
1 cup (120 g) roughly chopped dark chocolate
2 tbsp maple syrup (substitute with coconut nectar or agave syrup)
optional: a pinch of cream of tartar (Slovene: vinski kamen, v trgovini se dobi pri pecilnih praških)

INSTRUCTIONS

Melt your chocolate in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water. (or microwave but be careful, because you can easily burn it, put it in the microwave for 7 seconds, then stop it and then microwave it again for 7 seconds, repeat this step and check all the time how melted is the chocolate.)

Let chocolate cool down while you prepare the next step.

Mix the liquid of your chickpeas with an electric whisk (optional: add cream of tartar) – whisk until the stage where you flip the bowl, the mixture wouldn’t fall out - firm peaks. Towards the end add maple syrup.

Gently fold in the chocolate with a spatula, and very slightly stir it.

Pour into bowls and place in the fridge.

The mousse is ready to eat within 1 hour
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