Posted on | July 13, 2008 | 27 Comments |
Finally it is summer in Seattle! I don’t think anyone else enjoys summer as much as us Seattleites. We have learned to fully appreciate the few sunny days we get every year. The streets are so lively these days, it is so much fun to go out into the city and get lost in the crowd. A friend and I had a fabulous Parisian style Sunday today. We started with brunch at Cafe Campagne, followed by a waterfront stroll and a few hours of shopping and finished with a late lunch at Le Pichet. Both these restaurants are so truly French, we imagined ourselves to be on a holiday in Paris.
Café Campagne is a French bistro in Pike Place Market. It is a cheaper and more casual version of its more upscale sister restaurant Campagne. Situated in Post Alley, Cafe Campagne is the perfect place to have a relaxed brunch and people watch on a sunny Sunday when Pike Place Market and surroundings are swarmed with tourists and locals. We both had Omelette choisy- French-style rolled omelette flavored with herbs and filled with escarole and chèvre. My friend asked for an egg white omelet and to hold the sausage, they gave her the best looking egg white omelet we both have ever seen and also brought her a side of fruits to replace the sausage. Great customer service, I must say. I had mine the regular non-healthy way with a pork and chicken sausage, what can I say, I love food too much to skim fat. We also had some sparkling drinks to complete the Parisian experience, I had a mimosa and she had a drink with crème de Cassis and sparkling wine which was awesome, but I can’t recall the name now!
It was easy to imagine we were in France after that meal, well except for the shopping of course, which doesn’t come anywhere close to Paris sadly. But we had fun shopping anyway. I tried out some 25 different outfits, shortlisted five and ultimately bought just a couple that I really loved. I was so proud of myself, the old me would’ve bought the whole bunch even if I liked them just so-so, but the new me is determined to not waste money on unnecessary items. I bought a fabulous dress and an equally fab cropped jacket and a pair of hot pink wedges. Okay, the shoe was unnecessary and extremely uncomfortable, but it was on sale and it looked hot, a girl is allowed to have a small treat for being so uncharacteristically frugal right?
Talking about treats, this Coconut Mango Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis is exactly that, a sinful treat! If you are on a diet, this is definitely not for you!
Mango Coconut Panna Cotta
- 1 cup Mango Puree
- 4 tbsp mango juice/orange juice
- 1 cup coconut cream (see note below)
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 12 whole cardamom pods
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 packet powdered gelatin (1.5 tbsp)
Sprinkle gelatin over the juice in a small cup and keep aside to soften the gelatin.
In a non-reactive pan, combine the half and half, sugar, coconut milk and cardamom pods and cook on medium heat stirring frequently till the liquid is heated through but not boiling. Remove from the stove and discard the cardamom pods.
Add the softened gelatin and stir well till the gelatin is completely dissolved.
In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt and mango puree well to combine. Add this mixture to the prepared cream mixture and whish well.
Pour into 8 individual ramekins and chill in the refrigerator for about four hours or till set. Serve with Raspberry Coulis (below).
Note: If you don’t have coconut cream, you can use regular canned coconut milk. Open the can carefully without shaking and use just the thick cream from top.
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup water
Blend all the ingredients in a blender till smooth. Chill before serving.
This is also my entry for Sweet Series – Cool Desserts hosted by Mythreyee.
Check out the other panna cotta recipes in this blog:
- Orange Panna Cotta
- Jackfruit Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Coulis
- Lychee Mango Two Layer Pudding