Maple Mousse with Apple Eggs
It was Thursday and it was time to think about the challenge. With the weekend upon me, I knew I'd have the time to play with my food a bit, to interpret this month's Daring Bakers challenge in my own little way. Edible containers? I saw the fantastic results from the Daring Cooks' challenge (also using edible containers) and I wanted to do something a little unexpected. Besides, a container could be all sorts of things, even something as simple as a delivery device for maple cream, the other half of this month's challenge.
Todd suggested a turnover, and I went to work. He'd given me the suggestion of filling it with caramelized apples and maple cream, so with some leftover kataifi (shredded phyllo dough) in the freezer, I had a plan. And if I couldn't get the right shape for a turnover, heck, I'd just make a taco instead. Just as funny, and a container all the same.
All of that changed on Saturday afternoon.
I'd been doing some research in the living room when I heard a fluttering noise in the other room. We have a little home improvement project underway, so noises aren't unusual, but this one was different. A moment later I heard a loud thump against the big picture window, and I knew we had a bird in the house, a very frightened one at that.
The next few minutes were a blur as we ran around looking for handles to open the windows. A flash of red, black and white went past and I knew it was one of our neighborhood woodpeckers. Not the pesky kind, but a beautiful bird that sings and keeps a beat on the neighbors' chimneys, who greets us when we are working in the garden. It had somehow wiggled its way through a construction opening and was desperate to get out. Bang, bang, bang. I knew that it wouldn't last much longer with the force it was using to fly into the windows. I was right. It took one more giant dive and hit the window with a force that made my stomach lurch.
It lay at my feet, quivering and then stilled. I scooped it up and headed for the backyard, tears running freely. 'Maybe with a little fresh air…' I thought as I stroked its feathers.
The next day I was not in the mood to make tacos. Or turnovers. Or anything funny. I was in a funk since I put that bird in the ground. I pulled out all the ingredients and went to work in silence. When the cream went into the fridge to chill, I pulled out the kataifi and started playing with it. I tried shaping bowls, shells, and even tacos, but a nest was the only thing I had the heart to build. It was the least I could do, one more chance to say I'm sorry.
The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!
The recipe for the maple mousse can be found on the Daring Kitchen website.