We have been walking for days through the souks in the old medinas of the imperial Moroccan cities. So many treasures have been offered to us for display, from colourful carpets, solitair games, silk scarves so thin you may see the stars through, pottery, antiques, jewellery, yet nothing could really catch my eye. My friend had bought so many things that it was becoming difficult to carry and while eyeing every new object ready to begin to bargain, she was curiously starting to wonder what exactly was wrong with me. Everything was beautiful, everything was affordable, everything could become a symbol of a beautiful memory or be offered as an exotic gift, and yet I hesitated to make a purchase.
We smiled at the merchants in Casablanca, we crossed the market place in Rabat saying “No” to every tempting offer, we fell in love with the genuine antiques in Meknes and there in one little shop, hidden in a corner these beautiful blue colour tea glasses engraved in gold were sitting on a shelf waiting for me.Was it the simplicity of the design or the blue glass colour I really don’t know, but I knew instantly that they were meant for me. I could see the extraordinary in my ordinary Moroccan tea glasses and I could sense the joy to come in displaying their delicate elegance in variety of ways, serving mint tea, offering bordeaux, lightning the room with tea candles, and now filling them with the irresistible density of my favourite chocolate mousse.
So dense yet smooth, so sweet yet melting, so light yet rich, many are the wonders of the perfect chocolate mousse. They say that making one was easy and I was perfectly happy to acknowledge this fact up to the moment of complete failure at my first two attempts. The truth is that so many things may go wrong during the process of preparation, the chocolate may burn while melting, the egg yolks may curdle while combining with the chocolate, the egg whites may split while making the meringue, the cream may get buttery when overbeaten. Yet, all effort, in full measure is more then worth it, while sampling the tender delicacy and sweetness of the end result. For every soul daring trying, here are my notes on how to make a perfect, simply irresistible chocolate mousse.