Naked Orange Mousse

by on January 11, 2007
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I should have left well enough alone. I had a perfectly acceptable photo…

Orange Mousse

But then I had to try to get fancy…

..and wound up making a mess!

Actually, I made the same mistake twice. After cleaning up the second spill, I decided to give up. I’ll just have to accept the fact that a mousse-laden spoon is not meant to rest atop a wine glass, even with a dab of “Handi-Tak” adhesive to hold it in place.

To those of you who write admiring my photos, thank you so much for the compliments. But the truth is, I’m still learning and making mistakes on a daily basis. My secret, if you can call it that, is to just take lots of photos, changing the light, changing the angle, changing the focus, exposure, and depth of field. I rarely wish I’d taken fewer photos and often wish I’d taken more. For instance, I wish I’d gotten a better shot of the spoon resting on the glass–one in better focus, with more mousse in the spoon and fewer specks of mousse on the glass–but this time, gravity was working against me. (You can find more photo tips and links to helpful sites at the end of this post from September.)

There’s not much to the recipe for Naked Orange Mousse. In fact, it was more of an experiment than a recipe, an opportunity to test out the new Magic Bullet my mother-in-law gave us for Christmas and an attempt to find a way to get my daughter to eat some of the dozens of navel oranges we picked at my parents’ house over the holidays. I wanted to see if it was possible to whip oranges and orange juice into frothy dessert, using only a little agar powder for thickening. It didn’t whip up as foamy as I would have liked, and it wound up taking longer than I thought it would, but it was completely successful in getting my daughter to eat her citrus fruit. There’s just something even kids like about a dessert in a fancy glass. Just be sure to remove the Handi-Tak before serving!


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1 Fiona August 21, 2011 at 6:58 am

Lol this is a HILARIOUS post! I love that you share stuff like this with us; it’s part of the reason why I love coming back to your site over and over (that and the fact that your recipes are really good). Btw, I really like the way you changed the Recipe Index. Still waiting for your cookbook!!!


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