STRAWBERRIES DIPPED IN FLAVOURED CHOCOLATE – AND RIP GEORGE MICHAEL

This afternoon as I strolled through the supermarket I couldnt help but sing along Careless Whispers, followed by Last Christmas, followed by Faith.  I guess it was an ode to the singer by one of the the supermarket staff, who could have been a fan.  Coincidentally, the play list on my phone also picked up George today – I guess it was a George Michael day for me.

I loved the singer as a young girl, and I bet all girls at that time did so too –  a time I was embracing pop music  he certainly was my first music idol.  Who could resist that stubble and the pierced ears and above all the deep voice.  The once Wham and then George Michael will always remain on my list of favourites.  I grew up singing the above songs and more from his hits.   Though he’s not given any recent hits, but I guess he’s had his share of stardom in this lifetime.

Rest in Peace George.  People can say anything about you, but you will always be a star

Life goes on. He gave to the world what he had to  – some great music.

We all have something to give to the world.  Some people find it on their own, some people need a little help.

If you know someone who has a dream. You know something that the other person is passionate about – you’ll know it because you will see a shine in their eyes and a smile on their lips, when they talk about it, and of course they’ll be dreamy about it.  They could tell you a whole story on how they want it, its because they have dreamt that dream a thousand times over in their mind.   Well, so if you know someone who has a dream, and you can do something to help that person get closer to their dream, please do.  Dont expect anything from them, but just do it for them.  Dont expect them to be thankful or  be repetitive about their gratefulness, or even give you credit for your help, because that’s their part of the job not yours.

I am saying so, because I have a dream, and everytime I think of that dream, I get so desperate to see that into reality that I cry. I cry hard and I cry silent, I cry in a place nobody can see me, because I just dont know how that dream will become a reality, but somewhere deep inside me I know and I hope and I will that someday it will.

While talking of dreams and how far or near we are from it lets move onto a desert that is absolutely dream like.  What could be more dreamy than big juicy strawberries dipped in sinfully flavoured chocolate

This is an ideal desert that you can make ahead and serve to your guests without any fuss, and at the same time look like a Kitchen Goddess.

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Time taken

Prep – 10 minutes

Chilling  – 1 hour

Ingredients

500 grms strawberries – washed and patted dry – pick out the big ones please

1 cup of dark cooking chocolate

1 tbspn of vodka

1 tspn vanilla essence

Method

Chop the chocolate roughly into small pits

Put it in the microwave. 2 minutes at first

Take it out give it a stir

and then 1 minute every stage and bring it out and stir it till it melts completely

Stir it till glossy.

Add the vanilla essence and vodka imperatively at room temperature and give it a good stir

Quickly dip the strawberries in this and lay on a sheet of butter paper lined dish.

If the chocoalte hardens give it a little jazz in the microwave without overdoing it. Maybe only half a minute.

Once you are done coating all the strawberries chill them in the refrigerator for 1 hour or so.

It honestly couldnt be easier if you can get the tempering of the chocolate right.

I have done this desert in a lot of ways at various times as follows

– Mixed melted orange marmalade into the chocolate

– Mixed instant coffee to the chocolate

– Mixed rum to the chocolate

– Mixed Amarula to the chocolate (Or any other liqueur)

– Mixed chilli flakes to the chocolate

– Done two layers. Half dark and half white chocolate

– Crusted with walnuts, pistachios and almonds

Go ahead and do your own magic. You can never go wrong

If you are in winters you can even put them into your childrens lunch boxes, but make sure they are non alcoholic!  You dont want drunken kids in school for sure.

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