Thursday, January 25, 2007

Soufflé - The Fluffy Dream!



I had a dream the other night. I was floating on a fluffy cloud, looking down at lovely green pastures. There were sheep frolicking and grazing on these rich green fields. Their woolly fur reminding me of the clouds around me. I woke the next morning feeling relaxed and exhilarated. Wonders what a dream like that does!

The whole day went by and I was just so mellow the entire day nothing seemed to rock me. Not even when Soeren came running to me in the supermarket, where we were buying a few things for dinner, and urgently announced he had to go to the loo - BADLY. I asked if he could hold it because there was no place in the supermarket to take him and he said yes. So, when at the cashiers he said "Mum I really need to go now!" I just responded "we are almost done!"

As I saw a small puddle build up around Soeren's feet, I looked at his so very embarrassed and disappointed face. I just smiled, hugged him and whispered that these things happen. Normally, this would have broken me out into a hectic stress, running to the cashier's apologizing and asking for something to clean up the mess. But this time I told the cashier's what had happened and she smiled at Soeren and said she would take care of it.

I learned a lesson that day.


Breaking out into an uncool hectic stress, irritates people around you and causes them to react unfriendly and equally stressed out. By keeping my cool I not only showed Soeren that it was OK when accidents like that happen and the effect rubbed off on the cashier and the people around me. Everyone was kind of sympathetic towards Soeren and me as the mum.

For the record, even in my normal mood I would have never shouted at Soeren for the mishap. For some reason it would have just embarrassed me to react like a clichéd stressed out mum. Now I know better.



Anyway, when I got home I looked into my shopping basket and smiled. In honor of this wonderful dream and the lessons I learned because of it I decided to make a special dinner.

A light and fluffy soufflé - how appropriate. The herbs in my basket represented the green pastures, the goat's cheese - the sheep and the light and fluffiness of the soufflé was my ode to the clouds.


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Ingredients:



1/2 bunch of mixed herbs of choice - finely chopped
2 eggs - separated
125g quark. A substitute for this would be ricotta cheese.
125g Goat's cream cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper
a dash of Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon butter
3 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs



Method:



Preheat oven at 210 degrees Celsius.
In a mixing bowl beat egg yolks with the quark/ricotta, goat's cream cheese, oil, flour and Tabasco. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the herbs.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Using a metal spoon fold the whites into the herb/cheese mixture gently.

Butter four ramekin bowls and sprinkle a bit of the breadcrumbs around the inside. This helps you to take tthe soufflé out of the bowl a more easily.

Place in the oven on the rack second from the bottom. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve the soufflé with a tomato salad, drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and sprinkled with some Italian herb mixture.

Makes 4 soufflés.



Verdict:

At dinner we told Tom what had happened. I told him about my dream and the reason for the soufflés for dinner. We toasted to many more of such dreams and tucked into the soufflé.



The combination of the herbs and the goat's cheese is truly incredible. Mixed together in a light and fluffy soufflé it was what all dreams are made of. Depending on the herbs you use and the sharpness of the cheese you can create a different flavor each time you make it.

As Tami over at Running With Tweezers is having a "hay day" with soufflés, maybe she'd like mine too ;-).



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21 comments :

  1. What a post!!!!

    Dreams can make dinners!!!!
    I think tonight I am going to dream about....... Lets see what I dream :)

    Great recipe Meeta :)

    I am coming up with a recipe for MM - sweet love next week!!!! :)

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  2. Oh your souffle looks lovely! And I really liked your post...sometimes I also feel myself approaching "the edge" :) Yes, it's much better we just take a breath and not sweat the small stuff...then suddenly things don't seem as frenetic :)

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  3. Your souffle looks so light and fluffy! I can just taste the sharpness of the goat's cheese with those herbs.. yum!

    You did quite a beautiful job - the whole day 'round. =)

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  4. I LOVE goat cheese...this looks like it would go over well with my veggie wife :)

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  5. That has to be one of the most beautiful things I've read in a while! It is also why I love reading blogs.
    That goes so well with the song: Some days are diamons...Not only was that day a diamond, you polished it beautifully with a dinner to indelibly impress it in your memories!

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  6. Aw, poor soren. i feel for you. it is tough position to be in and i admire ur cool. I think i have visited every shop and restaurant's restroom with my son in the last 2 years!here's to ur souffle.

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  7. This is a wonderful mommy post. Pat on the back to you for keeping your cool and setting such a great example for those around you!

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  8. Meeta, goat cheese souffle' is my fav.. :) Yours looks so yummy! I am dreaming for one now!

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  9. You are absolutely right: keeping cool makes other people stay cool..
    What a beautiful souffle! Maybe I can get my behind in gear and whip up one tomorrow. You inspired me!

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  10. Meeta - you are a wonderful mother. And the souffle looks delicious. If only I could pick up that fork and grab a bite.

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  12. Lovely post! That souffle looks amazing!

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  13. Awww poor Soeren, great post Meeta. Those souffles look great!

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  14. When i was a kid, i would hold it till the last minute even when i had to go really bad. Because the rest room was not a part of the house. It was outside, next to a scary big, caterpiller ridden tree. And i was scared of darkness and caterpillers. I think that fear scarred me, because i would hold it even through high school. There were many embarassing moments and everytime i was scolded. I wished for more understanding parents, gentle and kind treatment, but hardly got it. I haven't yet let go of it, at 27. My parents have been really kind to me otherwise, but i still can't forget how i was treated at those times when i needed them most. Trust me, what seems like an insignificant moment takes on a lot of importance with time. Even an ounce of kindness goes a long way in a relationship. Give a lavish birthday party or buy an expensive toy, kids forget them in less than an year. But react kindly like you did with Soeren, and he will remember it forever with gratitude and love. Good job, Meeta.

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  15. Your comments on this one really moved me. When writing this post I just sat down and started writing never expecting this reaction. It touches me that you all share such warm sentiments. I thank you all for that.

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  16. I really like this recipe. Will be one that I save for future use.

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  17. This recipe sounds scrumptious, now I must find a book or go online to convert 125g to American measurements. Can't wait to try it out. I would like to put a link on my herb gardening blog to yours.

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  18. Lovley post and lovley soufflé Meeta. Thanks for joining HHDD.

    I'm sorry I missed the Valentine Card event.

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  19. I don't know what looks better . . . the souffle or the tomatoes. I LOVE tomatoes and I bet the went just perfectly with that souffle. Sounds great!

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  20. Oh wow meeta, what fluffy souffle! I love goat cheese with any kind of herb in it...

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  21. Thanks people. Hope you all let me know how it tasted for you.
    Piana Nanna You will find a helpful link to conversion tables on my sidebar. Hope it helps.

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