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June 29, 2005

Chocolate Mousse Recipe

If anyone reading wants a nice, easy-to-make treat for dessert and has a sweet tooth, this is the recipe for you. It's the chocolate mousse recipe I made a few days ago. It comes from Woburn Abbey, in England. Woburn is open to the public, and it is haunted. Sounds good to me.

Ingredients:

semisweet chocolate bits (I used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate morsels)
instant coffee
5 eggs, separated
ground almonds
light rum
cream
sugar
coffee liqueur

Melt 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate bits, 5 tablespoons cold water, and 1 tablespoon instant coffee in a double-boiler.

Beat the 5 egg yolks into the melted chocolate mixture. Set the egg whites aside in a separate bowl.

Beat in 2 tablespoons light rum into the chocolate mixture. Allow mixture to cool slightly.

Beat the egg whites into soft peaks in their bowl. Fold them gently into the chocolate mixture.

Pour into small cups with lids (or any small cup you can cover). Refrigerate for 24 hours.

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Whipped Cream

Whip 1/2 cup cream until thick. Add 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons ground almonds, and 2 teaspoons coffee liqueur. Continue whipping until cream is stiff enough to hold its shape. Serve on top of mousse.

Enjoy! This isn't just a chocolate mousse recipe, it's a chocolate mousse recipe from a famous abbey in England. That is just too cool.

Posted on June 29, 2005 at 09:05 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Another Amusing eBay Story

A word to husbands - don't insult your wife and piss her off in public or she'll sell your Lotus on eBay for a pittance. There's no mention if there was an image of the Virgin on the car's hood, so Golden Palace probably didn't bid on this one.

Posted on June 29, 2005 at 08:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

More Proof That Women Are Better Investors Than Men

Remember my earlier post that indicated that women who invest end up doing better than men? Well, a group of Scottish schoolgirls bested stock market investers in a competition.

AN ALL-GIRL team of Scots secondary school pupils has taken the top prize in a national investment competition, after making a near 30 per cent gain playing the stock market - a return that trumps a host of professional fund managers.

The four sixth-year pupils from Arbroath High School - Claire Cargill, 17, Elizabeth Gibson, 17, Luath Glendinning, 18, and Alanna Ferguson, 18 - turned £1,500 into £1,937.93, netting a 29.2 per cent rise over the course of the eight-month contest.

That far outstripped the lift in the index of Britain's listed companies - the FTSE All-Share climbed just 7.96 per cent over the same period - and was hailed "an outstanding performance" in tough market conditions.

Posted on June 29, 2005 at 08:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I Bet Someone Flushed It Down The Toilet

My royal domain is by the ocean, and the most vicious animal I've ever seen was a seal basking on the sand by one of the beaches a couple of years ago. Imagine my surprise when I learned that a 4-foot-long alligator was seen in a neighboring town, "wading in and sunning on the shores of Dunn's Brook." Someone probably had it as a pet, and let it go when it got big enough to eat the dog.

Now all we need are shark sightings in time for the 4th of July. The Count and I will definitely watch "Jaws" on Monday before we head to the beach where the town holds the annual July 4th parade, bonfire, and festivities. We went last year and had a blast.

Posted on June 29, 2005 at 08:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

June 27, 2005

My Chocolate Mousse Is Fit For A King

We are now eating the chocolate mousse I made yesterday, and it rocks big time. It's a recipe from Woburn Abbey in England, which is reported to be haunted. I used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate morsels, which made all the difference in the world. This mousse is supremely decadent. The Royal Family approves.

I'm definitely going to make this again. It's a cholesteral nest, because it requires five eggs, separated, but it's not like we'd eat chocolate mousse every day. Well.... you never know, now that I know it's so easy to make. I'm not exactly one to believe in moderation.

Posted on June 27, 2005 at 07:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Norbiz Stiffed Me

Bah. Her Royal Snootiness is miffed. I thought Norbizness should have included one of my entries to his rendition of the Top 100 Movie Quotes, and he ignored it. I'll have to steal his cattle and set fire to his hut. No more slave girls for him until he includes me! Here's what he wrote on his blog for those of us who feel stiffed:

Running dry, need replenishing in the comments. Sorry if I haven't used yours yet; you can always re-urge your choice and write a 750-word essay in support of it. Not in the comments, of course. In your journal with the logo for the band Journey stenciled on the outside.

Here's my essay:

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

Come to think of it, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is another great movie quote - from "The Shining", in case you've been watching endless reruns of "Law & Order" for all these years and missed it.

Here's the logo for the band, Journey. That's another band that makes me cry, but it's because I bleed out of my ears until the songs are over.

Journey

Now he can put up my entry:

"Snapping pussy!!!!" from "From Dusk 'Til Dawn".


Posted on June 27, 2005 at 06:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Songs That Make Me Cry

I'm not much of a crier. The only movie that has ever made me cry was "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter". I'm more likely to break out in peals of uncontrollable laughter over plots, scenes, or dialogue that wasn't mean to be funny than to cry during a movie. I'm less likely to cry when listening to music, but some songs bring on a few tears. Jeanne at Body and Soul wrote up a list of songs that made her cry. I figured I'd list a few sad songs that made me want to cry.

1. "Everybody Hurts Sometimes" by REM.

2. "Mad World" by Gary Jules.

3. "Alone Again Naturally" by Gilbert O'Sullivan. (I think this one makes everyone cry.)

That's about it, really. The music I listen to is more likely to make me want to get up and dance or laugh out loud. Here is music that gets my feet moving.

1. "Expander" by Sasha.

2. The entire soundtrack to the movie "Run Lola Run".

3. "What Is Love" by Haddaway.

4. "Be My Lover" by La Bouche.

5. "Where Do You Go" (Ocean Drive Mix) by No Mercy.

6. "Romeo" by Basement Jaxx.

7. "Facing Up" by Keiko Matsui.

8. "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei, from the soundtrack to "Kill Bill, Vol. 1".

9. "Hey Baby" by No Doubt.

10. "Ready To Go", "Drop Dead Gorgous", and "Holly", by Republica.

What songs make you cry or put on your dancing shoes? Post in comments.


Posted on June 27, 2005 at 08:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Top 100 Movie Quotes

As a Countess, I feel it is my duty to provide the best information about a wide variety of issues to my subjects. During my royal leisure, I ran across AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes, via Ampersand. The usual suspects are there, such as "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" (Gone With The Wind), "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore" (The Wizard of Oz), and "You talking to me?" (Taxi Driver). I feel that the list leaves out some of the best quotes made in movies. Here are my Top 10, in no particular order. Some were swiped from comments from Alas. Post your own suggestions in my comments.

10. "Zingaia!! He's got ... the bite!!" (Dead Alive)

9. "Monsters? We're British, you know." (Horror Express)

8. "Good... bad... I'm the guy with the gun." (Army of Darkness)

7. "Lady, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store." (Army of Darkness)

6. "Shit! He shot me! What the fuck kind of bumfuck shithole town is this?" (Mystery, Alaska)

5. "Gamera doesn't mean to hurt people. He's only lonely." (Gamera)

4. "Why, you stuck-up ... half-witted ... scruffy-looking ... nerf-herder!" (The Empire Strikes Back)

3. Paquita: "Lionel! Your mother ate my dog!" Lionel: "Not all of it." (Dead Alive)

2. "Frau Blucher!" (Young Frankenstein)

1. This one is my all-time favorite movie quote. It's from "Monty Python's Life of Brian." Not only is it hysterical, the added bonus is that I think it describes the fathers' rights mentality beautifully.

Stan (Eric Idle): "I want to be one."

John Cleese: What?

Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me "Loretta."

John Cleese: Whaaaaat?

Stan: It's my right as a man.

Judith: Well, why do you want to be "Loretta," Stan?

Stan: I want to have babies.

John Cleese: You want to have BABIES?

Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.

John Cleese: But... you can't HAVE babies!

Stan: Don't you oppress me!

John Cleese: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb. Where is
the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?

Judith: Here, I've got an idea. Supposed you agree that you can't actually
have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the
Romans, but you can have the RIGHT to have babies!

Michael Palin: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your
RIGHT to have babies. Brother, sister.

John Cleese: What's the point? What's the point of fighting for his right to
have babies, when HE CAN'T HAVE BABIES???

Michael Palin: It's symbolic of our struggle against oppression!

John Cleese: It's symbolic of his struggle against reality.

I thought of still more:

"Snapping pussy!" (From Dusk 'Til Dawn)

"Human hair ... from my back." (Pirates of the Caribbean)

"'If the cash is there we do not care'? What the hell kind of life philosophy is that?" (Deep Rising)

"Malediction"? "Look it up." (Below)

"I once read that names which begin with the letter 'S' are the names of snakes! Sssss! Sssss!" (Suspiria)

"We at the FBI do not have a sense of humor of which we are aware." (Men In Black)

"I am the law!" (Judge Dredd)

Posted on June 27, 2005 at 12:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

June 26, 2005

I'm Now "The Countess"

I've changed my blog's name from "Trish Wilson's Blog" to "The Countess". Please change your typelists and favorite places to reflect the change. The link to my blog hasn't changed.

I figured if I'm going to inherit a title by marriage I'm going to take full advantage of it. So what if the title isn't worth two spits in a bucket? I think it's cool.

Welcome to my new, royal domain. You don't have to bow down and kiss my ring, but if you want to I won't stop you. I won't have you beheaded if you don't. evil_smiley.gif

Posted on June 26, 2005 at 03:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (15)

Hanging Out In The Kitchen With Trish

Welcome to my kitchen! I'm listening to some nice, mellow music - Keiko Matsui on the piano and Caia (electronic music). I'm having a great time. Lucky even kept me company. He loves to hang out in the kitchen, and he doesn't eat table scraps. He just likes to be where I am.

I just finished making the most divine chocolate mousse. I've never made it before, and I won't know for 24 hours if it's any good. Wait until you get a load of the whipped cream recipe. I'm going to post it here. It's amazing.

I got the recipe from a cookbook written by Vincent and Mary Price. Yes, that Vincent Price - the velvety-voiced king of horror movies. He and his wife were food and wine connoseurs. He knew the owners of many famous four- and five-star restaurants from around the world, and sweet-talked them into giving up some of their best recipes for this book. I found the book at a horror convention. It was marked down because the hardback cover was damaged. My husband and I bought it for the recipes. The added advantage is that the book is full of photos of Vincent Price with his friends. My favorite is the one of Vincent Price standing next to the gate that leads to his private wine celler. That man had class.

The chocolate mousse recipe is from Woburn Abbey, in England. You can stay there as a guest. I've heard of the place because Woburn Abbey has a reputation for being haunted. Woburn has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for over three centuries. It was rebuilt by Inigo Jones in the mid-18th century and further additions were added a century later. There are supposedly seven ghosts at Woburn Abbey. The only spirits I've ever encountered involving Woburn Abbey are the rum and coffee liqueur that go in the mousse and the whipped cream. I'd love to stay there. The place sounds lovely, ghosts and all. I've never actually been there, but I sure feel like I have after making this recipe.

I'll let everyone know how the chocolate mousse turned out when we eat it tomorrow afternoon. It has to refrigerate for 24 hours. The whipped cream is phenomenal. Here's how to make it.

Whip 1/2 cup of heavy cream until firm.

Add 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons ground almonds, and 2 teaspoons coffee liqueur to the cream.

Beat again until the whipped cream can stand on its own. It might take awhile because of the alcohol now in the mix.

This stuff rocks. I'm going to make it from now on whenever we need whipped cream.

Posted on June 26, 2005 at 02:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)