Long before Paris became my second home, I went there for a weekend with my sisters. Or at least, that was the plan, but one of them got sick and couldn’t come with us. So it was just two of us. And although we were sorry our other sister couldn’t make it, when we laid eyes on our bedroom, we were also kind of relieved to be with just two.
Which was supposed to be a room for three, but was barely big enough for even one! If you wanted to take something out of your suitcase, you had to place it on the bed and carefully position yourself in the open bathroom door, because there was simply no room to open it otherwise.
I know Dutch people are on the taller side (but let me assure you, my family is definitely NOT, as far as length is concerned, we look more French than Dutch!), but even to French standards, this was ridiculously tiny. We joked about having overlooked the fact that this was a special hotel, for gnomes perhaps? I mean, the elevator was so small, my sister would only fit in while standing ON her suitcase! Later on we learned that the price per square meter in Paris is so ridiculously high, that hotels tend to be on the (very) small side.
Anyway, we had a great time. My sister got hit on by a very persistent bartender (strangely, she found it less funny than I did), and while having dinner, the two French men who were sitting next to us asked her if she was Naomi Watts. Which was even funnier, considering that we were speaking Dutch all evening and as far as I know, Naomi Watts doesn’t (but not a bad compliment though, to look like her!).
It was at that same restaurant that someone on the other side of our table ordered la mousse au chocolat, which turned out to be the biggest bowl of chocolate mousse I’d ever seen. They couldn’t finish it and gave it to us, which we didn’t mind at all. It was a welcome addition to the other dessert we ordered, cheese. Not at the same time, of course!
I’ve tried many ways of making chocolate mousse, and this new one is by far the easiest and lightest that I’ve made so far. It’s just whipped egg whites and melted chocolate, nothing else. I used to also mix in the egg yolks, but I find this version to be much more airy and less heavy. For fun and extra flavour I decorated it with cocoa powder, cocoa nibs and coarse sea salt. But this is truly optional, this mousse is delicious enough to be eaten on its own!
PS The restaurant were we had this big chocolate mousse was Le Square Trousseau, which is a really nice place to eat.
- 100 gr dark chocolate
- 2 egg whites
- Optional: cocoa powder, cocoa nibs and coarse sea salt
- Melt the chocolate (if you're patient enough: au bain marie. Or do what I always do, 1-2 minutes in the microwave at 600 W)
- Whisk the eggs until very stiff
- Mix a part (about ⅓) of it in with the chocolate, to get a smooth chocolate
- Fold in the rest of the egg whites, gently to not knock out all the air
- Spoon the mixture into the bowl(s) in which you want to serve it
- Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour
- Optional: Dust with the cocoa powder and sprinkle with some cocoa nibs and sea salt before serving