Do we get more sentimental as we get older?
Just asking if any of you have noticed this. I turned 35 on Saturday (June 2nd) and although I had the house full of guests I did have some time to contemplate many things while working on a cooking project in the morning. Looking back at the things I have achieved in the past few years, the goals I have met (or not met) the challenges I have taken on and the new people in my life. The last fact made me smile.
Being a person who has traveled from one country to another all my life, many of my friends are scattered all across the world. Most of my school friends are in different countries and those I met in my adult life are also living all over Europe. So, our talks or get togethers are mostly virtual or over the phone. On the whole it's OK. Sometimes, though, it is not very satisfying, when my best friend from school, who lives in LA and who I've known since we were 13, is having a relationship crisis and all I'd like to do is take him in my arms and give him a huge hug. I get mad at this often.
In the past year and a half, since I started blogging, I have met so many wonderful people. We met through our blogs, share that common passion, exchange mails, then start chatting regularly and it just clicks. For those who do not blog probably just cannot relate to this, but the bond is there. Strong, and funnily in some cases we do not know how the other one looks like until we exchange photos, but it's like we've known each other all our lives. Some stories are told on the blog, but it eventually goes beyond the blog when you share your life behind the scenes. Happy moments are shared and when the dark cloud hangs above the heads the shoulder to lean on is offered. This is what I have experienced in the past few weeks. I am wrapped in a wonderful sentimental bubble - and every time I think about some of the generosity and support so many of you have given me over the past few weeks I cannot help it - the tears automatically well up. Yes, the screen is a bit blurry right now too!
Since these two posts I have had a flood of cards, mails and comments and each one went straight to the heart. I cried with each one. During this time a few of my dearest blog friends offered gentle comfort and that shoulder to cry on. I thank you for that. You know who you are. Then just as my mailbox started to go back to it's normal load of receiving mails, over the weekend, it was once again bulging to overload with birthday greetings and cheery birthday wishes post over at the Daring Bakers blog! The members of this group are a incredible cheery phenomenon by themselves, imagine what it's like when they all get together!! That's something I will have to save for another post. So, I spent part of my weekend opening fantastic ecards and emails. It made me so happy and .... yes I cried with each one!!!
As I sat down to write this post I could not help but wonder - have I become so sentimental in my old age? I think so. So, I'd like to dedicate this to all my friends and to friendship in general. To my friends who have accompanied me through a larger part of my life - you have been there through it all. You know what I'm talking about - my wildness, my moodiness, my craziness, my passions, my irritations - never once did you budge from my side and you always made me believe in myself.
To my blogger friends - you have become larger than life for me. You never seize to amaze me with your generosity, your support, your kindness, your spirit and your creativity. I am so very glad that our paths have crossed in this unconventional but wonderful way and I so look forward to our friendship.
I share with you a variation of one of my favorite desserts of all times - the Tiramisu. The light finger biscuits are layered with a chocolatey cream which is then covered in fruity raspberry. It contains all my favorite things - chocolate, raspberries and the Italian touch.
To friendship and to sentimental birthdays!
150g bitter chocolate - coarsely chopped
250g heavy cream
3-4 tablespoons lime juice
4-6 tablespoons Grappa
250g raspberries - I used organic raspberries I had previously frozen
200g Lady finger biscuits
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
In a heavy saucepan heat the cream, then remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until chocolate has melted and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
In the meantime whisk the mascarpone and quark in a mixing bowl until smooth. Pour in the chocolate cream and incorporate. In a smaller bowl mix together Grappa and lime juice.
Taking half of the lady finger biscuits, dip each one into the Grappa/lime juice mixture so that it is moist but not wet. Place the lady fingers in an even layer at the bottom of a rectangular, slightly deep dish.
Spread half of the chocolate/mascarpone cream on the lady fingers, then add half of the raspberries over the cream. Layer the rest of the lady fingers, which have been dipped into the remaining Grappa/lime juice mixture, over this spread the remaining chocolate cream and raspberries.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to set in a refrigerator overnight. Before serving sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Cut into large-ish pieces and serve with a nice cup of espresso.
Tips and tricks
- If you would like to make this Tiramisu without alcohol, substitute the Grappa with orange juice
- Try raspberry syrup mixed with 4 tablespoons water to dip the lady fingers in
- You'll find valuable information regarding raspberries here
The perfect celebration dessert. It's not light, I'll let you in on that, but it's sinfully delicious. Each bite is a celebration of flavors, harmonizing to give the ultimate party in your mouth. Tom and Soeren are big fans of the original Tiramisu and I was wondering if this variation would match up to their expectations. I believe it did. The light lady fingers, kissed by the aroma of grappa, the creamy, smooth chocolate cream tantalized by the tart, fruity flavors of raspberries - it was heaven!
More raspberry creations:
Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Ice Cream
Raspberry Dream Cream
Don't forget the Big Birthday Bang here on WFLH. Two days left to send me your scrumptious birthday creations!
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