05/26/2010, 5 NM out of Cartagena
Cartagena skyscrapers ...
I took 3 egg yolks, 3 egg whites, 1/2 cup cream, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and 200 gram dark and milk chocolate, and cooked a chocolat mousse from it. I work at the University at the department of composite materials, quite a composition of materials I'd say!
Mix the yolks with the sugar and the cream and whip it foamy. Meanwhile melt au-bain-marie the chocolate. Put the milk on the stove to boil it and whip the egg-white stiff. Put it in the fridge. When the milk boils, take the pan off the fire and, while stirring thoroughly, add the foamy egg-yolk/cream mix little by little to the hot milk, such that no clumbs form. Put the pan back on the stove and let it come to boil again, it should become a thick custard. Add the molten chocolate to the custard, while stirring well, until the custard is egalized. Take the pan off the fire and add the whipped egg-white, keep stirring well until it has mixed well with the custard, then put the pan on the fire and let it come to boil once more. Now pour the thick liquid in cups and put it in the fridge to become solid mousse.
Cooking is soooo easy ...
We ate this after a nice blackbean/nacho cheese salad, a few hours before arriving to Cartagena. After two windless days today is not much better, however, we've got rid of the Caribbean Counter Current and our ETA improved: we will arrive at Cartagena around 15h local time. We are lucky that Colombia is in the subequent timezome to the west, thus, we gain one hour for free! We are already planning our leave from Cartagena: Islas del Rosario is what we aim at. A small archipelago 18 NM out of the Colombian mainland. It should be a beautiful place for laying on the beach, snorkeling etc. We could set out early from Cartagena, spend the daytime at Islas del Rosario and in the evening sail on to Panama.
We are happy to arrive at Cartagena by now, and preparing for berthing, immigration etc. And have selected already some nice goals to visit in the few time we can spend here.