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I've been working with oranges :).
this time, i tried an orange mousse -- trying to simplify the rather complex way its usually done. I didn't use any eggs at all, I think that does work.
I beat half a cup of whipping cream (now available from anchor, 125 ml@Rs. 160, which I think is very good value), and folded in 1/4 cup of orange cordial, 1/8 cup (that 30 ml, very little) of Grand Mainer, which has been added to the kitchen cabinet following a suggestion of Deshan's (hey, thanks!), and a teaspoon of gelatin, dissolved in two tablespoons of water. Yes that was it.
At the bottom of the serving glass, (I picked small cognac glasses -- but shot glasses might have better), I added more of the cordial/liquor mixture, and fresh pieces of orange, sliced up thin. Spooned in the beaten cream. Garnished the top with more fresh orange, and refrigerated it.
The mousse held up with out egg, I thought -- so that was fine, but the cream layer was too deep for my taste; it should be shallower, with another layer on top. But working through the very lightly flavored, and lightly textured cream was a pleasure, to reach the sharp, sweet liqour bellow.
I shall try this again, some time, I hope. Adding blanched peel, which I have described elsewhere would be great, I think.
Pradeep Jeganathan was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he lives and works. He began to cook when he discovered, as an undergraduate in the US, that MacDonald's was terrible. He continued, when he realized that girls like a guy who knows to cook. After he took up photography as a hobby, he got into shooting food. He has eaten a lot of cold meals since, but he hasn't stopped, because taking a photograph, helps him remember what he's eaten. (He eats a lot, and some times, he forgets). His food photos have been published in a variety of international and Sri Lankan print magazines and web sites and his food photo/recipe columns have appeared Zero77 & Spectrum ("Achcharu") and will soon appear in Ink. He's been a featured chef on ETV's The Home Gourmet, his cooking and food photos have been the subject of a feature article in Sri Lanka's Sunday Times; his food blog has also been featured in Femina.in -- the Indian women's magazine.