Salted caramel and chocolate pavlova is a dessert lover’s dream. Chewy airy meringue discs swirled through with salted caramel and chocolate, topped with rum flavored whipped cream and more chocolate shavings. This is ideal for any celebration, including the up coming Valentine’s Day!!
“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love chocolate, and communists.”
― Leslie Moak Murray
While I don’t necessarily agree with Leslie, I do tend to look at people who don’t like chocolate with a skeptic eye. So a funny thing happened the other night at dinner. D asked me why aren’t we having people over anymore? I was a little flummoxed by the question. Mostly cause I hadn’t realized that its been almost a month since we had people over but also cause I just realized may be the kid enjoys the dinner parties!
Often my kitchen is my solace. Its not a place I go to finish a chore. Its a den i go to when I am happy and want to celebrate. Its a place I go to when I wish to hide from the world or even from my own emotions. Its definitely a continuous source of buzz and even solace for me. And yes, I definitely love feeding people! Sitting down to a home cooked meal with your family and friends at the end of a long day is just what my soul needs and with D’s question I realized I hadn’t made anything celebratory or indulgent in quite some time.
Last night two guests suddenly arrived at our place and thankfully I had some of the chicken already marinating. In no time at all I finished making the chicken tikka biriyani and dinner was wonderful. It also made me realize how badly I enjoyed serving people, ladling second and third servings on my friends plates, pouring a bit more wine and finally bringing out a simple cheese and grape platter for dessert. When we have company, the food is relegated to the periphery. Its the feelings and joy, the laughter and happy banter that takes center stage. I am having a planned dinner party this weekend. We have already bought out some fun little festoons to go over the dining area (alfresco by the way), the tapered candles are out and the wooden table is out of the storage, white linen in place. I am so looking forward to serving my closest band of friends my favorites this weekend. A super delicious mustard crusted chicken roast, simple spaghetti with mushroom and my ever in demand tequila lime chicken kebab. There will be garlic honey lime roasted potato and a fresh fruit chaat platter that would make my mom proud. And for dessert, I decided to serve this! This salted caramel and chocolate pavlova is exactly what my party needs to be perfect.
Salted caramel and chocolate pavlova is a simple dessert that takes hardly any effort and is just perfect for dinner parties.
Salted caramel and chocolate is like biting into a crispy cloud that gives way to a marshmallowy center, with swirls of decadent salted caramel and chocolate.
And hold your breaths people. as if that wasn’t enough, I made it even more delectable by topping it with a rum flavored whipped cream and more chocolate shavings. The first bite….and gasp! God was that good!! So so so perfect you guys. Pavlova with berries is good, but salted caramel and chocolate pavlova is heaven!! You have to make this soon. I will again for Valentine’s day especially since P couldn’t stop eating this time 😛
Valentine’s day or not, party or not, D just made me realise why food is so important. Its so much more than sustenance for the body. Its about building a community, about bridging gaps, about overcoming obstacles in the name of race and culture, about nourishing souls and making memories. Food’s main agenda is to spread universal love and in the current scenario, I feel we could all use that extra bit of lovin.
So yes, I am going to keep inviting friends over, even if its just for a simple cup of tea and saffron cake, in the hopes that it provides me with the strength I need, it fortifies my soul and yes, to enjoy the food. Cos hey we all need to eat, we might as well eat together, happily! So go on make this salted caramel and chocolate pavlova, share with your friends and family, pack them in lunch boxes for your kids to share with their friends and lets start a friendship + food avalanche. And while you are at it, don’t forget to share with with your amore` on Valentine’s Day too.