Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chocolate Seaweed

Yesterday I took a second attempt at working with Irish Moss, a sea plant that is commonly used as a gelling/thickening agent in puddings, ice creams, jellies, etc. Aside from the all the health benefits (high in minerals and great for digestion, among other things), I was interested in the "jell-o" factor for desserts. During my last visit with Carmi, we managed to find some ground moss at the health food store, and proceeded to try Cafe Gratitude's Cacao Mousse with it. Oh dear, was that ever a catastrophe! It was a disgusting combination of chocolate and seaweed that didn't even appeal to the dog.

Moving forward...my mom recently brought me a bag of whole Irish Moss from Halifax and I knew my first project would be to try that mousse again! I rinsed it, soaked it over night, rinsed it again, and soaked longer, totalling almost 24 hours. "This MUST be it!", I thought. It smelled slightly oceany, but I figured it was a long stretch from the ground, unsoaked stuff we used the first time. The end result still tasted and smelled a bit of seaweed, so I doubled all the other ingredients in the hopes of balancing the flavour. It was definately leaps and bounds better than the first batch, but there was still an odd taste lingering. This huge bowl of chocolate looked SO good - dark chocolatey and creamy, with a perfect mousse texture -normally I'd want to dig a spoon into and go to town - well not this time. On the positive side, I was pretty sure I could fix it. The original recipe called for: Irish Moss, water, almond milk, dates, agave, cacao powder, coconut oil, lecithin, vanilla, and sea salt. Today I added a wack of things to about 1 cup of the mousse- shredded coconut, water, macadamia nuts, cashews, more cacao powder, carob powder, more vanilla, and a bit of maple syrup. I am happy to conclude that its absolutely delicious now. Yum yum, I can dig in with a spoon at last! In this Chocolate Chia Parfait, I layered chocolate seaweed pudding layered with sliced bananas, and vanilla chia pudding:

1/4 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups almond mylk
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Stir the ingredients together and let sit for a few hours to over night. The mixture will become thick and jelly-like.

I used the same chocolate pudding to make a "drink", topped with a swirl of coconut whipped cream. Mmmm.

I have a lot more of the original mousse to play with, so I'm thinking a chocolate ice cream would be nice...maybe a berry parfait - if you have any ideas, please let me know! :D I'll definately be purchasing some white moss in hopes that it works out better.

14 comments:

shelby said...

Everything looks great!
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Mica said...

I felt so bad that your first attempt with the chocolate and Irish moss didn't work out. I used to eat seaweed desserts back in the Philippines. Thanks to you, I'll look for that and test it out with chocolate!

Becca said...

Hey! I just found your blog through Foodie Blogroll. It is suh a great blog! I'll be looking foward to more posts! Happy Thanksgiving!

Joanna said...

i love all the desserts on your blog!!! they look great.

i haven't found chia seeds yet, but i will make this when i do. i looveeee chocolate!

Raw Goddess said...

Thanks Shelby - I'm Canadian so we had thanksgiving last month, but Happy Thanksgiving to you :) Enjoy!

Mica - Oh wow, so cool that you eat seaweed desserts! Which seaweeds to you use?

Becca - thank you ;) Yes, I just became a part of the foodie blogroll the other day. I am excited to start searching through other's food blogs!

Joanna - If you're in the US, im sure you can find chia at Whole Foods...otherwise there are a lot of places that sell it online. You could do a search. It can also be used in place of flax seeds for dehydrated crackers! :D

naptress said...

Lady u will turn a disaster into a triumph!

Kimberly said...

Living tree community has the best irish moss I have found. I use it all the time. It's amazing! Messing up on recipes is the worst.- I've been trying to replicate pure food and wines oatmeal cookies and end up feeding the +$20 batch to my dog.
Keep up the good work- You have an awesome blog! : )

-Kimberly

April said...

HOpe you had a great thanksgiving!

Raw Goddess said...

naptrees - lol, thanks I try! :D there are still things I haven't managed to save, though.

Kimberly - thanks for the info! I'll have to imagine what Pure's oatmeal cookies taste like - I want to go there sooo badly.

April - Same to you! :) Hope its a great one!

Astra Libris said...

Mmmmm, absolutely gorgeous! You can practically taste the creamy smooth texture through the beautiful photos... and it's RAW!! Awesome!!

Raw Food Today said...

Your food looks amazing. Starting to get me hungry!

Kate said...

All those scrumptious pictures are making my mouth water! I can't wait to try out some of your recipes! Thanks for putting out this fabulous book Heathy!

Raw Goddess said...

Thanks guys :) So glad you enjoy!!!

Marqueta said...

Hi there!

I had to laugh reading your post, because I went through the same disgusting experience a few months ago. Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!

Thank goodness we have a compost pile!

Thanks for the idea of how to save something that disastrous in the future-I'll keep it in mind.

Happy New Year,

Marqueta