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Chocolate mousse with red fruit coulis

Chocolate Mousse is always an excellent dessert, specially in most of the restaurants in Lisbon. At our cooking classes its not common on the basic way while this recipe is a success on the Gourmet Class due to special touches.

Chocolate Mousse Red Fruits Coulis

The oldest evidence of chocolate as a beverage dating back to 1900 BC in Mokaya ( Guatemala and Mexico ). Its a fact that the majority of Mesoamerican people worked into chocolate beverages. Civilizations such as Maya and Aztecs in South America have their records of this delicious ingredient.

What we made was to give a special touch on the cooking process and getting a different texture and flavor. The blend of the red fruits coulis and chocolate you get a little bit of the acidity but also the sweet in your mouth. Take a look on the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 50 g. flour
  • 200 g. Sugar
  • 150 g. butter
  • 250 g. chocolate
  • 6 Eggs
  • 450 g. Red fruits
  • 50 g. sugar
  • Lemon
  • 3 g. Gum / Xanthan

Preparation of the Chocolate Mousse

Grease a removable bottom shape about 22cm in diameter. Note: if you prefer you can also do it in individual doses, adjusting the amount on each portion ). Melt the chocolate in a water bath. With the magic wand beat 18 0g of sugar, the egg yolks and the butter till obtaining a whitish cream. Add the previously melted chocolate and finally the flour.

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and remaining sugar and wrap in the mixture. Bake at 200 ° C for about 10 minutes. As soon as this time passes let the “mousse” cool about 5 minutes inside the shape.

Preparation of Coulis:

Grind the red fruits to a liquid preparation and strain. With a magic wand mix the sugar, a few drops of lemon and the xanthan gum. Store the preparation in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (check the texture). Serve the chocolate mousse in the oven with the red fruit coulis.

This is not a traditional recipe of Portugal, however people love it on our Gourmet Classes when we make it.

Cruise Ships visiting Lisbon

Cruise ships are excellent to get in touch with several cultures without pack and unpack on regular basis. The main advantage is the visit to several cities during the day, while the cruise ships move during night to other country or city.

Cruise Ship, Lisbon, Costa Pacifica

Lisbon received during the last 5 years an average of 320 cruise ships. Usually, they arrive between 7am and 8am. Travelers leave at 9am to discover the Portuguese capital or to make the different shore excursions.

The first impact about Lisbon is the colors and weather. Rains very few days in Winter and occasionally in April and September.

Gastronomy is an huge thing in Portugal. Portuguese love to eat and drink, tell stories and proud of their history.

The Age of Discoveries had an huge impact on local cuisine. Brazil gave the sugar can, India gave species but Portuguese also shared their gastronomy.

Lisbon Cruise Ships Marques

Lisbon Downtown has amazing shops, some of them with an amazing story. Gifts based on cork are common and visiting Lisbon without tasting the famous Pastel de Nata will be strange.

Leaving the cruise ship you will be in front of Alfama civil parish. This area is know by the fado singer and fado restaurants (at night). Nearby, you can visit the Fado Museum, Se Cathedral, Saint George Castle and of course Rossio e Chiado.

Best classes for a cruise ship traveler

Cooking Lisbon has morning culinary classes that fits most of the cruise ships while they are in Lisbon. The classes start at 9:30 am and end at 2:30 pm .

Lisbon Cruise Ships Shore

Market Tour with Cooking Class (Thursdays and Saturdays) you will visit a market while our chef explains the biggest ingredients of our gastronomy, fish, meat. After, you will have the hands-on class and meal.

Seafood Experience (Tuesdays), you will also visit a market with our chef and the menu of the class is based on shellfish and seafood.

Lisbon, 12 facts

Facts about Lisbon is a topic that we started to make a list. Diversity is the main issue. You will find amazing things to do while you visit the Portuguese capital.

12 facts about Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon, Miradouro Santa Luzia

1. Oldest City

Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe, even predating to Paris, London and Rome . Along centuries had several rebuild processes and even now you will see it. Visigods, Romans, Moors have been to this amazing city. Its the Portuguese capital since the XII century.

2. Seven Hills

Lisbon is constructed on seven hills. Its known in Portuguese as the city of “Sete Colinas” . Bring comfortable shoes to walk.

3. Vasco da Gama Bridge

Portugal, Vasco da Gama, Lisbon facts

Lisbon as the major bridge in Europe with 17 kilometres ( 10,56 miles ). The bridge is the 2nd connection from Lisbon to Alcochete / Montijo ( south margin of the Tagus River ). The first bridge is 25 April bridge and connects Lisbon to Almada / Setubal / Costa da Caparica.

4. Church Construction World Guiness Record

Santa Engrácia Church is mentioned on the World Guiness Book of Records has the church took more time to be constructed. The consctruction started during the XVII century and ended in 1966 ( XX century).

5. Graffiti

Lisbon as a great deal of street art with all, floors and buildings demanding your attention. Nowdays its a fact that artists have authorization from the city council to make their work. Vhils, is the most well known due to the vast work made and the participation on a U2 music video.

6. Great Lisbon Earthquake


In 1755 a huge earthquake struck the capital . Destroyed the main ancient buildings in Lisbon but also in biggest radius distance , such as in Sintra ( Pena Palace, that previous was a convent ). From the earthquake to tsunami, easily swollow Lisbon downtown .

7. Lisbon´s Oceanarium

Its one of the biggest aquarium´s in the World . His portfolio goes into 8000 sea creatures divided between the central main tank and four habitats . Total amount of litres : 8 million litres.

8. Baixa

Facts, Tram 28, Lisbon
Located in Lisbon downtown, Baixa is the civil parish where you will find an amazing amount of hotels, coffee shops, pastry shops, restaurants, tiny streets and amazing squares.

Lisbon facts

9. Sweet facts

Portuguese love sweets and the most famous is perhaps the custard . You will find it in most of the coffee shops ( which we make on the pastry class ). There is not specific hour to eat them . Breakfast, dessert with coffee or as snack, all are good options.

Pasteis de Nata Class, Lisbon, Portugal

10. Lowest and Highest Point

The Portuguese capital is constructed near water. From the river side ( Baixa, Alfama, Mouraria, Cais do Sodre area ) to the interior ( Areeiro, Alameda, Anjos,  Monsanto ). The elevation is 0m ( 0 ft ) to a maximum of 199 metres ( 653 ft) in Serra de Monsanto .

11. Civilizations

In Lisbon, you will twenty centuries of history . Roman ruins, Moorish castle. The city has an amazing diversity of cultures and civilizations vestiges.

12. Museums

Lisbon has more than 30 museums that can you visit. Tiles, design, fashion, Ethnology, Culture, Coach, Ancient Art, Archaeology are just some of the list you would love to visit.

These are some of the facts of the Portuguese capital, where you will find also amazing Portuguese that you will love to engage .

Why Tagus River is so important on Lisbon lifestyle?

Lisbon lifestyle is much more than small streets, food and history. Of course the city has an amazing history, has a capital since XII century. However, the locals and foreigners love also the amazing views.

After a small visit to one of our suppliers at Cooking Lisbon, on the way, we decided to stop at Christ the King located on the south margin of Tagus River. It was not an amazing day to take some pictures, cloudy and windy, however we thought that can give also good pictures.

Lisbon east side

Our first picture was very dark and you see the river traffic with catamaran boats. Boats connect the south margin of the river with Lisbon . In the oldest days, was mainly farms to supply Lisbon.  Some of the most emblematic Portuguese boats were also constructed in South Margin, as the caravel used by Vasco da Gama .

Lisbon, Praça do Comercio

A little bit closer, with a huge zoom we see part of Comércio Square. Reconstructed after the 1755 Earthquake is now days a beautiful square where you will find several restaurants and events.

It will be possible to walk along the river, where you will find several esplanades. On the Summer, people love the sun, a good drink and lots of chat. We easily get lost in time perception .

Lisbon South View

Visiting Christ the King we catch a foreigner watching Lisbon . We wonder what were the thoughts about the Portuguese capital, will she be interested on the Lisbon lifestyle of food, culture, art, history or any other subject?

The picture show us the Belém Tower, Tower of Discoveries and Jerónimos Monastery . Belém civil parish is on the background. Back to 18th century we had on this spot an amazing white sand beach .

Lisbon lifetsyle

Lisbon 25 April Bridge

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge. Connects two main cities such as Lisbon and Almada . Everyday thousands of cars cross the beach, since gives access to Costa da Caparica, one of the favorite beach spots for locals. The bridge opens in 1966 and its very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA .

Lisbon lifestyle, Tower Discoveries,

Belém civil parish is also know by the Pastéis de Belém. The Portuguese loves to eat good pastries ( but also foreigners, visiting the country and Lisbon ).

Lisbon lifestyle is very unique . Besides jobs, locals to eat well , drink even better and relax. On the Portuguese capital you will also find an amazing weather .

Codfish with cornbread

Codfish with Cornbread is one of the most famous Portuguese dish. You will find on regular basis in local restaurants in the whole country.

If you travel to Portugal, you should know that along the Portuguese coast codfish is not available. Now days, most of the codfish arrives from Norway (80% is imported from this country).

Codfish with Cornbread ( bacalhau com broa in Portuguese ) is the perfect dish for a meal with family and friends. Easy to cook, very few ingredients, five steps and its done. Its time to go to the kitchen and relief your senses while cooking this amazing dish.

Cooking Lisbon, Codfish Cornbread

Codfish with cornbread Recipe

( portions for 4 people)

Ingredients:

4 codfish stands
1 big cornflour bread
8 small potatoes
1 small cabbage
4 cloves of garlic
Salt and black pepper to taste
Olive oil to taste
2 bay leaves

Directions:

1. Boil the potatoes. After boiled give them a punch to flat them a bit.
2. Take the codfish skin out, probably you will need to use a knife for this. Season the stands with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Crumb the inside of the corn bread and add olive oil and 2 chopped cloves of garlic, work it until you have a kind of paste.
4. In an oven tray set the codfish stands and cover the with the corn bread paste. Add the potatoes, the bay leaves, the 2 cloves of garlic crushed and drizzle everything with olive oil. Cook in the oven at 180ºC for about 30min.
5. Blanch the cabbage and serve it with the olive oil.

Feel free to share this recipe of the Portuguese gastronomy. Cooking Lisbon as available much more recipes based on fish .

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