New York Traits (Gael Greene’s Chocolate Wickedness)

Since I’ve moved to New York, I’ve taken on some characteristics of a New Yorker. How I Met Your Mother tells me I’m a real New Yorker, as I’ve cried on the subway, killed a cockroach with my bare hands, stolen a cab from someone (accidentally, but still), and seen Woody Allen. Regardless of whether or not this does actually make me a New Yorker, I have identified several New York traits that I’ve picked up.

1) I pre-walk. Urban Dictionary: “When using a subway system, to prewalk is to use the time while waiting for a train to walk to the spot on the platform where you will board the train so that when you get off the train at another station, you will be at a desired location on the platform, e.g. stairs, turnstile, or corridor to another train.”

2) When I say “the city,” I expect everyone to understand I mean Manhattan. Sorry, Staten Island, but you’re just a sort of odd suburb of the Financial District.

3) I can fit $107 worth of groceries in one re-usable bag, and they’re not even from Whole Foods.

4) I can pick out tourists and tell you where they are most likely from based on their dress and where they are in the city.

5) I no longer try to stay out of people’s photos. Sorry, too many people are taking snapshots, and I have to get where I’m going eventually.

6) North and South have been replaced by uptown or downtown as cardinal directions.

7) The rats in the subway are more reliable than the digital clock in forecasting a train’s approach.

8) There are three locks on my door. It looks like a cartoon.

9) I give cabbies specific directions. If they don’t follow them, I tip the minimum.

10) Jaywalking. I do it. A yellow light means move fast and a red light means move faster, because there’s a one second delay before the opposite light turns green. Also, sidewalks are for sissies.

However, I am not nearly as New York as Gael Greene, who says of this dessert, “In the Seventies, when we came home late from hours in a disco, Chocolate Wickedness was my idea of the perfect nightcap and a weapon of seduction. “You know chocolate is an aphrodisiac,” I used to say.”

I rarely, if ever, come home late from the disco, and I can count the number of times I’ve had a ‘nightcap’ on no fingers, and I’ve definitely never offered a gentleman anything as a weapon of seduction. However, I gave some of this to R~’s aunt today to try to revive her after she climbed to our sky-high apartment, and then, when my split peas threatened to give me an aneurysm, I had some myself. (I think it staved off the aneurysm, luckily.) This isn’t really a drink – it’s more of a boozy mousse with a wonderfully sticky consistency. I’m sure, if you need a weapon of seduction, that this would suffice. I’m going to use it to bribe myself to study for my exam next week.

I cut this recipe in half, because it would have made a ridiculous amount otherwise.

Chocolate Wickedness
Adapted from Gael Greene
Serves 8. Allow 20 minutes hands on time, 4 hours freezing time. 

3/4 lbs semisweet chocolate

1 egg yolk
1/4 cup cold coffee
1/4 cup crème de cacao
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl or a double boiler over simmering water and heat until the chocolate is melted. Stir in the egg yolk, coffee and crème de cacao. The mixture might seems to stiffen and the chocolate may solidify in granules – keep it over the heat and mix it until smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. 
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Beat to stiff peaks. 
Beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks. 
Fold the whipped cream into the egg whites. Pour the chocolate down the side of the bowl of egg whites so as not to deflate the egg white-cream mixture, then fold the chocolate into the egg whites and cream until no streaks remain. 
Pour into a large dish and freeze for at least four hours. Prior to serving, allow to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. The mousse can be refrigerated instead of frozen, if desired. 

Every Friday, a group of women writers is blogging their way through 50 Women Game-Changers of Food – find more information, as well as a complete listing of who has participated and links to every recipe we’ve made so far, here

Mary of One Perfect Bite |Val of More Than Burnt Toast | Susan of The Spice Garden | Heather of girlichef | Miranda of Mangoes and Chutney | Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living | Kathleen of Bakeaway with Me | Sue of The View from the Great Island | Linda of There and Back Again | Barbara of Moveable Feasts | Deborah of Taste and Tell | Nancy of My Picadillo | Mireya of My Healthing Eating Habits | Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen | Annie of lovely things | Claudia of Journey of an Italian Cook | Alyce of More Time At The Table | Amrita of Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades | Martha of Simple Nourished Living | Jill of Saucy Cooks | Sarah of Everything in the Kitchen Sink

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13 Responses to New York Traits (Gael Greene’s Chocolate Wickedness)

  1. Claudia says:

    Yes, you're a New Yorker. It is very important to know which end of the subway train you should be on for your stop. After I moved, I had to stop jaywalking. This is indeed deliciously wicked – Green knows how to tempt a palate.

  2. Alyce says:

    Just got back from NYC. Inevitably I spend so much time trying to figure out how to get somewhere that by the time I arrive, I must leave to make it to the theatre or Philharmonic on time! Oh, this is really wicked chocolatey excess. Perfect for a night whe youve been stood up or your best friend snags the job of his dreams. So glad you shared!

  3. Mary says:

    I absolutely loved your post today. You definitely have been assimilated and can be registered as a New Yorker in the next census 🙂 I also loved that boosey mousse. It sounds delicious. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  4. Miranda says:

    This mousse sounds delicious, I'll have to give this one a try. As for being a New Yorker – only things that I can imagine since I have never been there – but you made me laugh and that's good enough for me!

  5. I love that she refers to it as a weapon of seduction! The name alone says it all. Looks SO good.

  6. bellini says:

    I agree that the name alone entices us to try it!

  7. Barbara says:

    That's wicked all right. Gael had sex on the brain…in her personal life AND in food. What a hoot of a game-changer!

  8. Kathy says:

    Oh my! This looks so decadent and delicious! Loved your post! After living all of my life in NJ or on The Island…and having two kids educated in “The City”, I feel like I’m a quasi New Yorker! My son still lives there.

  9. What a fun post. You definitely sound like a New Yorker to me! And this mousse, oh my. I can imagine you could seduce most any chocolate lover with it.

  10. Kira Clark says:

    I'm so excited to come and cook with you every night!!! :):):)

  11. Weapon of seduction … hmm. I may not need that, but certainly a good chocolate fix now and then is just what the doctor ordered … this just might do! As for rats in the subway … I did see a couple one weekend when I was visiting my daughter in Brooklyn. They must have been trying to get out of the city for the weekend … I couldn't tell where they were from by their dress, though.

  12. My life is soooo boring compared to yours! I live at the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere….I do love NYC, though and visit every once in a while (in jeans and cowboy boots, so you would definitely know where I am from)….Great fun to read about adjusting to and becoming part of the "City"…

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