Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Turn that ow upside...dow.

The sun made its highly anticipated return to our area on Saturday, even though it was still butt-cold that morning.  Mike and I decided to start the weekend on a proactive note with a trail run at a nearby park.  Five minutes into our run, a root decided to rear its stupid, camouflaged face and I felt my ankle roll as I tripped over it and fell dramatically to the ground. 

My first reaction wasn't, "Did I just sprain my ankle?" (the way any normal human being in extreme physical pain would react) but instead "Holy crap, I hope nobody saw that..."  Mike was kind enough to stifle his laughter as he helped me up. 

I spent the remainder of the weekend hobbling around, dragging my foot behind me.  I make a fabulously convincing Igor.

Since I'm currently out of commission, I figured I might as well live vicariously through this post and make something light.  Delicate.  Not clumsy.

Lemon Mousse!
Source:  Emeril Lagasse

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 egg
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
3/4 heavy cream, whipped (sorry, it's unwhipped in the pic)

Let's get started, shall we?

Combine the lemon juice, sugar, yolks, egg and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.

Do you see how monstrous this whisk is?  I really need a smaller coated whisk.

This one would be better suited for housing a small bird.

Once the mixture is smooth and slightly thickened, remove from heat.

Strain that liquid sunshine through a mesh colander into a bowl set over ice.

Gently fold in the whipped cream.

Pour the mousse into ramekins, champagne flutes...whatever fits your mood.

Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for a few hours.  If you can wait that long.

Oh yeah.  I dig this stuff.

Creamy, smooth and pleasantly tart.  It's lighter than a pudding but heavier than a traditional mousse.

You can see little bits of lemon pulp in there.  I love that.  And did I mention that my ankle suddenly feels a LOT better?

I call this my "Casablanca" shot. 

Palm fronds swaying, the faint sound of ice cubes clinking in a rocks glass, an ornately beaded lantern hanging over a piano.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


  1. Glad to hear you're keeping up with some running, but so sorry about your ankle!

    Hope you're recovering okay. I have rolled my ankle many a time on some of those trail runs.

  2. Sorry to hear about your ankle, way to be a champ and make the most of it by pretending to be igor, that's the spirit! I have been really into lemon lately so your mousse sounds incredibly enticing to me!

  3. Thanks guys, my ankle is slowly starting to feel better :) Perhaps I'll stick to flat pavement for the next run or two...

  4. Oh Ali! Bum deal on the ankle! I'm sure your fall was quite graceful. (What about our double-dutch jump practice???)

    When you are back on track, we can run together on safer grounds.

    Lemon mousse. Yummmmm.....

  5. Mmmm, that looks delicious! I can't wait for summer, lemons are going to be in all my cooking and baking...