The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165215 Message #4059116
Posted By: Charmion
13-Jun-20 - 12:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
The chestnut mousse I remember was flavoured with chocolate -- not a lot of chocolate, just enough -- and blended with whipped cream. I rather suspect that the restaurant had perfected a production technique that reduced the nuisance quotient to a workable commercial level.
I think of any dish containing chestnuts as a monument to our ancestors' skill at making the best of a very unforgiving agricultural economy. In France and Italy, chestnuts were roasted and ground to eke out supplies of expensive wheat flour; they were free for the gathering in the forests where peasants were not allowed to hunt.
But yeah, major nuisance. And if your diet normally includes foodstuffs that are easier to make delectable, why bother?
I love Jansson's Temptation, and for the life of me I can't think why I have yet to introduce it to Himself, for whom I have been cooking lo! these many years. Possibly because I was introduced to it by Mr Wrong, my Norwegian first husband? More likely because the leftover boiled potato is unknown in our house.