September 27, 2012

Boys and TV Shows

I'm sure that you've noticed that Breathe has undergone another makeover. Sorry about that, I feel the need to clean it up (almost there) and keep the focus on the posts I publish oh so casually. I hope that this new look appeals to you. I may switch it again depending on any number of things. Apologies.

Last month was our friend Matty Bo Batty's birthday. Each year, we go out to celebrate and there's always a theme. This year was white. Everyone was to be dressed in white. Simple but more difficult than anticipated when you don't have a lot of white in your wardrobe. I say this because Q and I scoured high and low at the local V.V. Boutique and we totally scored! Take a look at my sexy man:

Handsome King.

I'm really looking forward to Baz Luhrman's take on The Great Gatsby. Just sayin.

Wanna see Matty Bo Batty's choice of white attire for his bash?

He decided to be our Lord. Bo Batty style.

Do you like The New Girl? Grey's Anatomy? I do. And yes, I am one of those people that get excited when their fave shows return for a new season. The premier of The New Girl was hysterical and awesome as every episode is. I feel a bit happier after watching it. As for Grey's Anatomy, I said to Q that I will have a regularly scheduled good cry every week now that this show is back on. True. Ask Britt Britt. Nearly every episode of Grey's sets my tear ducts into overdrive. I think it's a really good show, I love it, but I do hope that they tone down the super over the top out of this world drama. Granted it works, aaaaaaaand yeah.....fellow Grey's fans, you know what I mean.

Other shows I look forward to: Gossip Girl, The Walking Dead, Modern Family (which I am severely behind on), Dexter (that last episode was a sphincter clincher). What shows are you waiting anxiously for?


September 13, 2012

I've Mastered This One

It's the truth, and I'm definitely going to brag about this. It's so delicious, especially if you love chocolate. And yes, I'm going to have a single post for each recipe. What of it?

Classic Chocolate Mousse

4 oz.         bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, grated or finely chopped
4               large egg whites
2 tbsp.      sugar
1/4 tsp.     salt
1 c.           heavy cream (whipping cream if you are in Canada)

*Note: I found that while both chocolates are delightful for this recipe, the bittersweet was better. Semi-sweet was almost too sweet.

- In a double boiler over simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring constantly until melted smooth; immediately remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites with handheld mixer until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in sugar and salt and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
- Fold egg whites into chocolate until blended.
- In a deep bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture until blended. Final mixture will be very soft.
- Divide mousse into small serving dishes or keep in large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap (or tin foil, anything really) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to 2 days) before serving.

This particular time I used silicon cupcake cups as serving dishes. So cute!
I also topped with shredded sweetened coconut and shaved bittersweet chocolate.
Another time I topped with shaved green candy melts (by Wilton).
Next time I'm going to use whipped cream with vanilla sugar and coconut. Mmm!

It's the first dessert that I made successful from scratch the first time I tried. Bragging rights: earned.


Many Yummies In My Tummy

I barely remembered my login info. That's bad. Bad blogger is me. Anyways, to make up for it, I'm going to share some recipes of a few things I've made this summer (some more than once or twice). I know you'll love these. I do. So do my guests. :)

Stuffed Cucumber Cups

1             3 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp.    mayonnaise
1/2 c.      feta cheese crumbles
2 tbsp.    minced red onions
1 tbsp.    chopped fresh green onions
1 tbsp.    chopped fresh dill
1/2 tsp.   grated lemon zest
2 tsp.      lemon juice
1 tsp.      minced garlic
2             English cucumbers, peeled (I didn't) and sliced into 1 in. slices (I did)
1             red bell pepper

*Note: I did not use mayonnaise or the fresh dill as I had a dill and ranch salad dressing on hand which worked great. I also excluded the red onions. Just a personal preference. This makes a small appetizer but it packs a big garlic-y punch. Cutting out the red onions does not affect the potential need for a breath mint afterwards.

- In the bowl of a food processor (or KitchenAid mixer) pulse cream cheese and mayonnaise (or ranch and dill dressing) until smooth.
- Add feta, red onion (if you use it), green onions, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic; pulse until smooth.
- Place mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip.
- Using a melon baller, remove a small portion of the centre of the cucumber slice (careful to not go through the bottom!)
- Pipe in mixture to each cucumber cup.
- Slice red bell pepper into small 1 in. pieces. Garnish each cucumber cup with a little bell pepper.
- Serve immediately.