When I left you last saturday, I wasn't serene and in total control of the situation. I knew something would go wrong. I had been too busy the day before, much too much in a hurry to prepare Monchéri's strawberry charlotte.
Obviously I wasn't the only one worrying, my French friend Pascale called me on saturday morning to make sure the mold she lent me was ok (i don't have a proper charlotte mold). When the little sweet gang came, the charlotte was still resting in the fridge and I asked Pascale to help me unmolding it. Et...castatrophe...instead of a well erected charlotte, we were sadly looking at a soft slightly wobbly mound of strawberry mousse vaguely encircled by boudoirs. I couldn't face it. You see, I thought I had mastered the art of la charlotte since a long time ago.
tout va bien ? inquired Laurent (Pascale's husband) while we were quickly arranging the pink mess to look like a more or less decent failed charlotte
oh....mais qu'est-ce qui s'est passé? (oh...but what happened)
ben...je sais pas (dunno)
Monchéri laughed and after the first spoonful baptized it the best flat charlotte he'd ever had. And it was good...actually....See the empty plates below ?
After we finished it all, Laurent who's also French and a charlotte lover was determined to find out what went wrong and asked to see the recipe which is by Pierre Hermé.
After reading it carefully, Laurent said :
mais bien sûr.....pues claro...(but of course)
que tipo de crema usaste ? (what type of cream did you use ?)
bueno....pues...justamente no sabia si usar crema liquida o crème fraîche (well...in fact I didn't know whether to use liquid cream or crème fraîche)
eso es....tenias que usar crème fraîche en vez de crema liquida (that's it...you should have used crème fraîche instead of liquid cream)
Ouf...I felt relieved and we started to talk about next saturday sweet session.....
In the meantime, because we talked mainly about food and also because yesterday my friend Ellie prepared us a wonderful Thaï dinner I leave you with this delightful scene from the movie Big Night which I stumbled upon while visiting the charming Merisi in Vienna.Mamma mia....this is too good to watch and nearly orgasmitic ! Enjoy it !!