tasty bite of the day: strawberry mousse with balsamic vinegar
Now for my second tasty bite, from the food blog that provided the inspiration for my first tasty bite: she who eats. Although Chika didn't seem especially enthralled with her mousse, I thought the idea of strawberry mousse with balsamic vinegar sounded delicious and it seems to have a lot of potential, one of my favorite qualities in a recipe. If anything is better than a great recipe, it's a great recipe that you can twist and tweak to make all sorts of new and delicious variations on to suit your fancy or to utilize the ingredients you have on hand. In fact, this recipe shares some ingredients and flavors with one of my favorite tweak-as-you-please recipes from epicurious.com: a simple spinach salad with balsamic vinegar candied nuts and fruit with a balsamic dressing. I make this salad with strawberries all the time, and the combination of the vinegar and strawberries is a classic for a reason - it's delicious.
I was especially intrigued by Chika's idea of pairing mousse with fresh fruit. It was just yesterday that I was eating raspberry mousse, and woe is me for not having considered to eat it with fresh berries sprinkled on top. I'm sure this would have made it seem fresher and it likely would have added a bit of potency and some spark. I suppose I will just have to get some more and try it out again today, for experimentation's sake. :) Or perhaps this time I will make my own. After several years on a restrictive vegan diet, I am still relatively new to the world of cooking with dairy, but perhaps soy cream would work as well? I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the inspiration, Chika.