Cooking Salon: Flourless Chocolate Cake for 2

cooking salon: How to make flourless chocolate cake for 2
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DSC02265-12Part 1: One Small Change for a Well Life- Try it
I have been enjoying Mireille Guiliano’s book “French Women Don’t Get Fat”, not because I see it so much as a diet book, but more so a lifestyle book. I can’t stand diets because any word that has the word “die” in it should be avoided at all costs. Another reason not to drink diet soda.  Blech. So why do I enjoy her book? It reminds me of my time spent in Germany: walking everywhere, shopping daily, only buying enough food for a day or two, enjoying seasonal produce, and the rituals. The eating rituals that is. Coffee is never drunk (or is it drank?) from a paper cup, but in a nice little porcelain tasse or cup, usually on a doily, with a tiny spoon, a special packet of sugar, and a small cookie or chocolate. The cream came in a small pitcher and each person got their own. This set up brought forth only lingering and enjoyment. One tasted the coffee instead of dashing off and nearly spilling it down one’s arm. I learned to sit, observe, smell, and taste at a slow pace. There is something refreshing about the tink of the spoon as it stirs the cream, the cupping of both hands around a hot cup, and seeing the coffee instead of a plastic lid.  Give it a try. No more adult paper sippy cups of coffee! Ask for a real cup or provide your own real cup,  and take a real break. Quality over quantity.  Set a new standard for yourself so that these small changes can have a big impact on your wellness lifestyle.

Part 2: Downsizing
While I do my best to follow a Paleo Lifestyle, there are times I do make a choice (not a moderation, not an excuse, no justifications, but a mindful choice) for a little European ritual of a fine coffee, a delicate chocolate, or a tiny bit of cake. What has changed is I no longer bake huge mountainous cakes covered in loads of gorgeous frosting. Instead, I have downsized my cakes to single or double portions to enjoy a wee bit during an afternoon lingering break, and once the wee bit is gone it’s gone, never to grace my countertops for days on end, calling me to eat, eat, eat! I also purchase the finest ingredients I can afford, such as a nice dark chocolate, organic sugar and eggs, along with a fine mascarpone cheese for a luscious topping along with the ripest organic berries.  I can only afford this because it is in such small amounts.

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Part 3: A Recipe for 2 and only 2

Flourless Chocolate Cake for 2
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 2
 
A gluten-free luscious chocolate cake for 2.
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped, I used 60% dark
  • 1 Tblsp sweet cream butter, I used Kerry Gold
  • 1 organic egg yolk
  • 1 organic egg white
  • 1 Tblsp organic sugar
  • 2 tsp. mascarpone cheese for topping, divided, optional
  • 2 organic strawberries, for topping, divided, optional
  • extra butter for buttering the ramekins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the egg yolk until smooth.
  4. Beat together the egg white and sugar until stiff and glossy peaks form.
  5. Fold chocolate mixture gently into the egg whites until blended well.
  6. Divide batter evenly between 2 small (about 4-5 ounces) buttered ramekins.
  7. Bake for 28 minutes or until the top is crispy and the sides are pulling away from the ramekins.
  8. Remove to wire racks, and cool 10 minutes before gliding a knife around the edges and turning the cakes on to a serving plate.
  9. Serve each with a teaspoon of mascarpone cheese or whipped cream, and fresh berries.

Part 4: Shopping
French Women don’t get Fat” Many people ask me how I handle “cheating” while living the Paleo Lifestyle. One thing I do make clear is I don’t cheat (too much guilt), I don’t believe in moderation in moderation, I don’t believe in justifications like “I worked out today”, or any other excuse. I do believe you can’t out train poor nutrition.  Good in good out, garbage in garbage out, I am what I eat.  When I do CHOOSE to eat something that is not paleo, I know there is a price, I know what is going to happen to my body, and yes I still sometimes make that poor choice. But what has changed is there are now foods I will refuse to eat- foods that contain hydrogenated oils, foods with MSG, fake sugars, diet sodas, foods labeled “lite” or low fat, I avoid.  When I do “go off the rails” I still make the best possible choices.  This little book is probably one of the best out there on describing a lifestyle of, let me call it “rich” eating and the choices we make; which should be smaller portions, eating the best possible nutrients, increased activity and movement, and enjoy every morsel at a slow and appreciative pace.  Live in the meal! This little book is linked to my Amazon store, so if you do buy it, I get a tiny bit of moola. Thanks!

DSC00196-001Other than working Big Red Kitchen LLC full time, I am a Level 1 CrossFit trainer. I am driven by living a healthy lifestyle to be the best I can be for Team BRK. I love coffee, chocolate, cheese, and pasta. I hate running, the extra loud volume of TV commercials, and doing laundry.

Let’s do wellness together.

 

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