I ended the old year with a total calorie explosion at a series of parties and restaurants. The worst (or best?) was this dessert table at Paula's party with crème brulee topped with chocolate mousse, chocolate chili cookies, an apple pastry and three kinds of ice cream!
But as of today I'm on the Whole 30 diet, which eliminates added sugar, grains and dairy for 30 days. That means no more decadent desserts for awhile.
Here is Dave, working on the super rich chocolate-hazelnut mousse that he mounded on top of the creamy crème brulee. He showed Julia how to use a blow torch and had her carmelize the sugar on the brulee.
Then Julia and I made our favorite vegan chocolate crinkle cookies, which have just a little cayenne pepper for a kick. They're wickedly good. Paula made the addictive apple crostata.
But last night there was no baking as we prepped for our diet by clearing out all the forbidden foods from the kitchen and stocking up on veggies, fruit, healthy oils, nuts, and NO chocolate. I'll keep you posted.
Have a great NEW YEAR